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Fico most trusted Slovak politician

ROBERT Fico, chairman of the opposition party Smer, is Slovakia's most trusted politician with 22.6 percent support in a Statistics Office poll.

President Ivan Gašparovič ranked second with 14.5 percent. Movement for a Democratic Slovakia chairman and three-time ex-PM Vladimír Mečiar had 14.1 percent, the Pravda daily wrote.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak

Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

Gunpowder was used to blow up the rock for the first time in the Upper Bieber adit for the first time 390 years ago.