Slovakia (Slovak Republic) is a country in central Europe that formed in 1993 when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Initially there were frosty relations with the European Union and NATO and a rejection of economic reforms. Then all three factors changed with the country joining the EU and NATO in 2004. 
- "The only thing I know about Slovakia is what I learned first-hand from your foreign minister, who came to Texas."
- The constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the press. Draft legislation raised concerns in early 2008. The opposition said the proposals - under which outlets that condoned "socially harmful" behaviour could face fines - threatened press freedom.
- TV channels from neighbouring countries, in particular the Czech Republic and Hungary, have a sizeable audience.
- Population: 5,382,000
- Capital city: Bratislava
- GDP per Capita: U.S. $12,400
- Ivan Gasparovic, President since 2004, appoints the prime minister
- Robert Fico, Prime minister, of the left-wing Smer Party which won nearly 30% of the votes, approved the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, former human rights lawyer
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