EU says aid to Ukraine dependent on reforms

EU says aid to Ukraine dependent on reforms

BRUSSELS, July 8 (UPI) --Energy sector reform in Ukraine is a condition for further financial support from the European Union, commissioner Stefan Fule said Tuesday from Brussels.
Daniel J. Graeber
Gazprom sales to Europe increased in 2013

Gazprom sales to Europe increased in 2013

MOSCOW, April 29 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom said Tuesday its sales of gas to Europe and others in the region in 2013 was up more than 15 percent.
Daniel J. Graeber

Far-right politician wins regional runoff in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- An extreme right-wing politician who wants Slovakia to leave NATO and limit foreign investments won a regional election runoff, a first, results indicated.

Germany braces for more flooding; waters recede in Czech Republic

BERLIN, June 4 (UPI) -- Cities in southern and eastern Germany were braced for potential flooding from rain-swollen rivers Tuesday as the threat of flooding fell in the Czech Republic.

Social Democrats claim lead in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Robert Fico said he expects to return to office, with exit polls showing his social-democratic party ahead in Saturday's Slovak election.

Slovakian PM to form new government

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 13 (UPI) -- Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico's Smer Party won the most seats in parliament in Saturday's elections but he may have trouble holding power, results show.

Slovakia warms to Gazprom

MOSCOW, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- There are no obstacles to Russian energy giant Gazprom forming a joint partnership with Slovak companies for gas deliveries, the Slovak premier said.

EU warned of possible winter gas shortage

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A natural gas shortage could be in the offing for European Union countries, despite a deal with Russia to prevent sudden energy cutoffs, a Slovak official says.

Atlantic Eye: Her Majesty's petty man in Bratislava

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth visited the Slovak Republic last week. Her Majesty's ambassador in Bratislava has a lack of understanding of Czechoslovak history. He should be retired with haste.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

EU socialists scold Slovakia ruling party

BRUSSELS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The European Union's group of socialist parties has expelled Slovakia's ruling socialists for forging a coalition with an extreme rightist party.

Slovakia criticized for anti-Hungary signs

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Criticism of Slovakia over anti-Hungarian incidents is on the rise as the two countries' leaders trade condemnations.

Slovakia's left-right coalition denounced

STRASBOURG, France, July 5 (UPI) -- Europe's socialists have condemned Slovakia's new coalition government made up of leftist and far-right nationalist parties.

Slovak opposition party wins minority

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 18 (UPI) -- Weekend voting in Slovakia has given a leftist opposition party a minority victory that will require a fragile coalition among several other parties.

Slovak premier's support plummets

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, April 22 (UPI) -- Public support for Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda has plunged to just 3.8 percent, an opinion poll indicated Thursday.

Analysis: Slovakia's thin ice

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Only four months ago, delirious Slovaks celebrated a gold medal, having thrashed the Russian team in the Ice Hockey World Championship. President Rudolph Schuster hastened to draw some lessons publicly: "You are a very good example for Slovakia because it
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Robert Fico (born September 15, 1964) is the current Prime Minister of Slovakia (since July 4, 2006).

His relatively new left-wing party Direction – Social Democracy (Slovak: SMER – Sociálna demokracia) was the winner of the parliamentary elections in 2006, receiving approximately 30 percent of the cast votes. After the victory he created a coalition with the Slovak National Party an extremist nationalist party led by Ján Slota and with the People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia led by Vladimír Mečiar.

Fico was born in a working class family on September 15, 1964, in the town of Topoľčany. His father was a forklift operator and his mother worked in a shoe store. Fico has two siblings, a brother Ladislav and a sister Lucia. He is married to a wife Svetlana, they have one son.

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