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Yearbook 1996

Slovakia. At the end of August, Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar carried out a minor reform. He himself explained the change with "personal problems, health reasons or other difficulties". According to, external judges, instead, argued that the government reform was created to restore the country's democratic image. Thus, the US State Department's annual report on human rights, "Country Report on Human Rights Practices", was very critical of the situation in Slovakia. And during a visit to Bratislava, Hans van den Brock, European Commissioner responsible for relations with Central and Eastern Europe, said he was "concerned about the need to strengthen democracy in Slovakia".

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