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HZDS to take health reform to court

THE RECENTLY approved healthcare reform is "unconstitutional and economically non-productive", according to opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's MP Viliam Soboňa.

His party and another opposition party, Smer, want to take the six laws to the Constitutional Court if President Ivan Gašparovič signs the laws.

Soboňa said that the right to free healthcare is enshrined in article 40 of the Slovak Constitution, and that "no Health Ministry directive can override it".

Soboňa also said the health reform is incompatible with the EU laws.

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Legitimising fake news

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President Kiska uses train for first time Photo

After criticism from coalition MPs for flying and a troublesome car trip, Slovak President Kiska to commute to Bratislava by international train, boarding it in his hometown of Poprad.

President Kiska gets off the IC train in Bratislava.