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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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Russian spies allegedly recruit also Slovaks

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There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

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GLOBSEC forum will host guests from 70 countries

The 12th year of the conference will be attended by the highest number of participants in its history.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska gives the opening speech of The Globsec 2016 security conference.

Armed forces need new armour, and more

Slovakia's armed forces need to modernise their military technology, but also improve infrastructure and make soldiers' salaries more competitive.

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