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Poll: Smer Still in Lead on 27.1 percent, SaS and SNS Follow

Had a general election taken place in April, it would have been won by the Smer-SD party on 27.1 percent of the votes, TASR learnt from a poll carried out by AKO agency, which released the results on Friday.

Lajcak Expects Smooth Approval of Guidelines for Brexit Negotiations

I expect European Council President Donald Tusk's draft guidelines for negotiations on Great Britain's exit from the EU to be approved smoothly, said Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak (a Smer-SD nominee) before the beginning of a meeting of the EU's General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Thursday.

Kiska: Slovakia Undiscovered Land for Austrians

Slovakia is an undiscovered land for Austrian people, even though Bratislava and Vienna are situated close to each other, stated Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Wednesday, with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen, who is paying an official visit to Slovakia, agreeing with this opinion.

Gov’t: Protection of Slovaks Living in Britain Will Be Priority in Brexit Talks

The Slovak Government's priorities during the Brexit negotiations will be protecting the rights of Slovaks living in the United Kingdom as well as the UK's financial settlement stemming from the EU membership, according to a Foreign and European Affairs Ministry-sponsored report okayed by the Cabinet at its regular session on Wednesday.

Matecna: High-Quality Slovak Foodstuffs Have Potential to Stir Interest Abroad

Slovak producers should be more courageous and seek opportunities to increase exports of high-quality Slovak products to surrounding markets, said Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) while opening the 21st annual conference on trade and marketing called Slovak Retail Summit in Bratislava on Tuesday.

Danko: Britain Will Regret Brexit after Some Time

Britain will definitely regret leaving the European Union after some time, Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) told a news conference held during the Conference of EU Parliamentary Chairs held at Bratislava Castle on Monday, adding that he believes that the Union will then take the British back.

Fico: Disrespect for EU Prevails in European Society

Europe is the best place to live and a place that can build up on excellent results, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) said in a speech he delivered at the conference of EU parliamentary chiefs at Bratislava Castle on Monday.

Ersek: We Cannot Resist Railway Transport Liberalisation

Slovakia cannot resist railway transport's liberalisation, whether anyone likes it or not, Transport and Construction Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) said while addressing participants at a conference called Current Challenges in Regional Passenger Rail Transport, held in Bratislava on Thursday.

Gov’t: Pensions of Those Who Retired Before January 2004 to Go Up

The financial situation of the elderly who retired before January 1, 2004 should improve, as the Cabinet at its session on Wednesday approved a draft amendment on social insurance that will increase their pensions as of January 2018, TASR learnt on the same day.

President Announces Call for Anti-extremist Apps and Websites

Slovak President Andrej Kiska has announced a call for creating apps, websites, videos and games that would help to suppress intolerance, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

Stats Office: Consumer Prices Up by 1 percent Y-o-Y in March

Consumer prices in Slovakia increased by 1 percent year-on-year in March 2017, the Slovak Statistics Office announced on Thursday.

Kiska: I Won’t Found Any Political Party, Won’t Run for Parliament Either

Slovak President Andrej Kiska announced in a video he posted on Facebook on Wednesday that he will not found any political party and will not run for an MP post, either.

Inspectors Found 2,924 Illegal Labourers Last Year

Control authorities carried out 25,931 inspections aimed at stopping illegal labour last year, according to a report on discovering and combating illegal labour for 2016, presented by the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Ministry and acknowledged by the Cabinet at its session on Tuesday.

Drucker: Health Sector Not Black Hole, But Changes Will Take Time

Slovakia doesn't have a bad health sector; it's neither catastrophic, nor a black hole, said Health Minister Tomas Drucker (a Smer-SD nominee) on TA3's programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday.

Danko: Slovaks Should Demand Slovak Trains, Not Regiojet’s

Slovaks shouldn't be happy about 20-year-old repainted trains imported from Italy by private transport company RegioJet, but should be proud of and demand Slovak trains, said leader of the governing coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) and Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko on TA3's programme 'V politike' (In Politics) on Sunday.

Danko Wants Slovakia to Approach West in Terms of Salaries and Benefits

Leader of the governing Slovak National Party (SNS) and Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko said following the party congress in Sliac (Banska Bystrica region) on Saturday he wants to see Slovak citizens approaching the western system in terms of salaries and benefits, otherwise he does not see the meaning of the country's membership in the EU.

Hlina: KDH Does Not Have Unambiguous Position on EU’s Future for Now

The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) currently does not have an unambiguous position on the European Union's (EU) future, said KDH chairman Alojz Hlina on Friday while answering TASR's question concerning the future of the EU.

Rasi Calls on LSNS MPs Not to Misuse Immunity for Spreading Xenophobia

MPs for Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) are misusing their parliamentary immunity to spread their xenophobic opinions and that's why we should consider curbing their immunity, parliamentary mandate and immunity committee chairman Richard Rasi (Smer-SD) said in the House on Thursday.

Fico: Meciar Amnesties’ Scrapping Moves Slovak Politics to New Level

Wednesday's parliamentary vote on scrapping the so-called Meciar amnesties is extraordinarily important in terms of forming a political culture, Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) said on the Cabinet Office's premises on Wednesday.

Fico: I Would be Calm If We Had Opposition Comprised of Standard Parties

I would be calm if there was an Opposition composed of standard political parties, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) told a HN club debate on Tuesday, which was dedicated to Slovakia's one year since the general elections.