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Ruling MPs in minority

THE FIRST parliamentary session in 2004 will see the ruling MPs in an official minority - only 68 strong in the 150-MP chamber.

The coalition is now relying on the support of the seven MPs who, at the end of 2003, left the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

The Slovak daily Pravda wrote on January 20 that the coalition is relying on the Free Forum (SF) of former Defence Minister Ivan Šimko to vote for cabinet laws.

Several important laws are on the parliamentary agenda for January - including the vetoed law on pensions, anti-corruption legislation, the new election law, and the constitutional amendment that will enable Slovaks to run for posts in the European Parliament.

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How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.

Secret votes and public lies

There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago.

Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.