Slovak Education Minister Peter Plavcan resigned after the prime minister criticized his office over the distribution of European Union aid in a dispute that’s raised tensions in the euro-member state’s ruling coalition. Plavcan, a nominee of junior-coalition Slovak National Party, announced his resignation Thursday, a day after Premier Robert Fico said “suspicion remains” over the Education Ministry’s handling of tenders to allocate 600 million euros in EU aid for research.
Fico has made the elimination of corruption a key priority in his third term as he seeks to win back angry voters from anti-establishment parties that entered parliament last year. However, his government has been criticized by President Andrej Kiska for not doing enough to investigate politically linked crimes, including allegations of tax fraud by a real estate developer with business ties to Interior Minister Robert Kalinak.
Most of the economies in the European Union’s eastern wing probably slowed in the second quarter, with only Slovakia accelerating even as consumer spending and resurgent investment keeps the region on track to outpacing the richer West this year. Four of the six countries reporting second-quarter gross domestic product data on Wednesday will probably say growth slowed compared, according to separate surveys by Bloomberg News. While Slovakia likely accelerated, the Czech Republic is seen unchanged.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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