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Yearbook 2005

Slovakia. According to countryaah, Slovakia's capital Bratislava hosted a summit in February between US President George W. Bush and his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin.

2005 Slovakia

Following Slovakia's entry into the EU in 2004, the country's business climate had changed most rapidly in the world, according to a World Bank report. This resulted in significantly increased foreign investment, but Slovakia also experienced negative effects of EU entry. Human trafficking across the border from Ukraine increased, at the same time as a growing amount of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy, were smuggled west from EU countries such as the Netherlands.

In the summer, the government's internal contradictions led to the dismissal of the controversial Minister of Economy and media mogul Pavel Rusko of the New Citizens Alliance (ANO). According to Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, Rusko had lost the trust of its coalition partners because of their private affairs. After his departure, Rusko sold his previously popular TV channel Markísa to American investors.

Prime Minister Dzurinda, after Rusko's resignation, no longer had a clear majority in parliament, and the opposition parties demanded new elections. In order to enforce their demands, they boycotted Parliament when the autumn session was to begin in September. However, Dzurinda succeeded in gathering enough support from independent members to bring together the smallest possible majority, the overweight of a vote, and thus Parliament's work could begin.

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