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Czechs to try for UNSC in 2008

SLOVAKIA will back the Czech Republic's bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2008-2009, said Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan after meeting his Czech counterpart Cyril Svoboda on October 25.

The Czech Republic hopes to succeed Slovakia, which was chosen on October 10 as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2006-2007.

"We want to launch new modern forms of co-operation," said Kukan, pointing out that Slovak diplomats will work at the Czech Embassies to Georgia and Ethiopia, while Czech diplomats will work at the Slovak Embassy to the UN in New York during the time that Slovakia sits on the UN Security Council.

Both foreign ministers also expressed support for the earliest possible entry of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU.

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25 years on, most Czechs and Slovaks still oppose their breakup

More than two thirds of Czechs and Slovaks still believe there should have been a referendum on the division of their common state in 1992.

Vladimír Mečiar (L) and Václav Havel discuss the division of Czechoslovakia in 1992. There was no referendum to support the decision.

No new nuclear power plant planned

The state postpones the construction of a new utility in Jaslovské Bohunice, claiming there is no need for it.

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Skyline over Jaslovské Bohunice is changing

The four cooling towers are expected to be removed until the end of 2018.

State in mid-December 2017