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2008-09-17 15:00:32

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Paris, 17 September: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and French President Nicolas Sarkozy today signed an agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy and agreements on strategic partnership which is expected to enhance all-round relations between the two countries. "France and Slovakia have clearly opted for nuclear energy. It covers 50 per cent of electric energy consumption in Slovakia," the French presidential...

2008-07-25 15:01:01

Excerpt from report by Slovak privately-owned independent newspaper Sme website, on 24 July [Report by Dusan Uhrin and SITA: "We Will Not Avoid Rise in Gas Prices; Government, Gas Company To Meet in New Battle as Latter Plans Significantly To Increase Costs of Cooking, Heating for People; Fico Government, Which Has 51-Per cent Stake but No Managerial Control in Gas Company, Is Strongly Opposed"] Bratislava - The price of natural gas for households could rise as of this October. This is...

2008-06-15 09:00:00

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Presov, East Slovakia, 14 June: The Irish no to the Lisbon treaty should not overshadow a debate on the rising food and oil prices at the upcoming EU summit, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer- Social Democracy) said today. He added that Ireland's decision was nothing disastrous since the EU can keep working on the basis of the existing treaties. "I would feel sorry if we put aside what is today fundamental...

2006-07-04 14:43:46

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico was appointed prime minister on Tuesday amid a wave of harsh criticism from economic analysts and politicians who disapprove of two fringe parties in the cabinet. The 41-year-old Fico, whose Smer party won an election on June 17, has formed a coalition with the centre-left party of former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar and the far-right Slovak National Party. A former human rights lawyer, Fico replaces reformist...

2006-07-04 13:51:58

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic appointed leftist Robert Fico as the country's new prime minister on Tuesday despite a wave of criticism over his coalition cabinet, which includes far-right nationalists. Fico, a 41-year-old human rights lawyer, takes over from centre-right reformist Mikulas Dzurinda. Fico's leftist Smer party won a June 17 election but not a majority. He has formed a coalition with the centre-left HZDS party of former Prime Minister Vladimir...

2006-07-01 23:24:27

By Alistair Bell MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico will decide whether to join the growing leftist camp in Latin America or stick with a free-market path in a presidential election on Sunday that is balanced on a knife-edge. In a country crucial to U.S. interests in border security, trade and immigration, polls show an extremely close race between leftist anti-poverty crusader and former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative Felipe Calderon, a former energy...

2006-06-20 14:25:59

By Peter Laca and Matt Reynolds BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico held first coalition talks with opposition parties on Tuesday and played down the chances of forming a government with the center right, an outcome favored by financial markets. President Ivan Gasparovic formally asked Fico to form a coalition after his Smer party won an election on Saturday with 29 percent of the votes and a third of the seats in parliament. The party make-up of a coalition...

2006-06-20 08:46:09

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico said he would start coalition talks with opposition parties on Tuesday and played down the chances of forming a government with the center right, an outcome favored by financial markets. President Ivan Gasparovic met Fico and formally handed him the task of forming a coalition following his Smer party's victory in an election on Saturday with only 29 percent of the votes and a third of the seats in parliament....

2006-06-20 07:37:11

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico will launch coalition talks with two opposition parties on Tuesday after the president asked him to form a government. President Ivan Gasparovic met Fico and formally handed him the task of forming a coalition following his Smer party's victory in an election on Saturday with only 29 percent of the votes and a third of the seats in parliament. Which parties join Fico could decide the fate of free-market reforms...

2006-06-19 11:43:08

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico started laying out plans for easing the pain of economic reforms on Monday after his Smer party won an election that showed voter fatigue with the center right's policies. President Ivan Gasparovic said he will formally ask Fico on Tuesday to form a coalition government. Smer failed to secure a majority on Saturday and faces long coalition talks. "All party chairmen said they will negotiate with Smer if invited...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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