United States Steel Corp's
factory in Slovakia will lay off 2,500 people, or around a
fifth of its workforce, by the end of 2021 as it tries to
compete with a glut of cheap steel imports from non-EU
countries, it said on Friday.
Slovakia's new president called on the Visegrad group of eastern EU member states on Thursday to protect the rule of law to avoid being seen as "weakening the European Union", signaling a possible rift within a bloc that often acts together.
Slovakia's new president, a former activist lawyer, used a meeting with China's top diplomat on Wednesday to criticize Beijing's human rights record, in a rare departure for an east European politician in a region hungry for Chinese investment.
Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Monday that he saw light at the end of the tunnel in marathon European Union talks and that a compromise on top EU posts was likely to be reached on Tuesday.
Slovakia's parliament on Thursday rushed through draft legislation tightening campaign financing rules, a move seen by new parties as the ruling coalition's strike against rivals before next year's general elections.
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