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Slovakia takes stand against gay marriage

AT A MEETING of European Union foreign affairs ministers in Brussels November 2, Slovakia unilaterally declared that it would not recognise gay marriages conducted in other EU member countries, according to the TASR news wire.

"Slovakia has taken this measure unilaterally, which means that we will have different laws in this area than the rest of the EU," Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan explained.

According to Kukan, the aim of this step is to secure a cast iron guarantee against the mutual recognition of homosexual marriages.

The EU programme for justice and home affairs, of which the mutual recognition of gay marriages is a part, is due for approval at a summit of EU leaders later this week.

The main opponents of gay marriages are the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) politicians, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko and Minister of Justice Daniel Lipšic.

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

Slovakia vies for medicines agency

What chances does the country have at winning the seat of the prestigious European Medicines Agency that needs to relocate from London?

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Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

British embassy opens condolence book

The book will be opened for two days.

Floral tributes are laid out in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on May 22 night.