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Global report: Slovakia progressing

A SERIES of reforms, a year of minority government and less social pessimism were some of the main developments in Slovakia in 2004, according to the Global Report on the State of Society – Slovakia 2004 of think tank the Institute by Public Affairs (IVO).

IVO's honorary chairman Martin Bútora said that Slovakia was a country of paradoxes - although politicians divide the country amongst themselves as if it were loot, they still manage to push through reforms that improve people’s lives, reported to the daily SME.

In 2004 the country joined NATO and the EU and "democracy irreversibly took root" according to IVO's president, Grigorij Mesežnikov.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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