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Slovak, Czech PMs back free movement

SLOVAKIA and the Czech Republic have not decided whether they will open their labour markets to Bulgarians and Romanians after they join the EU, but Slovak and Czech Prime Ministers Robert Fico and Mirek Topolánek are lending preliminary support to such a move.

"It wouldn't be right and fair if we criticised the EU15 members for introducing transition periods on us on one hand, and on the other apply the same policy against countries that are now becoming EU members," Fico told reporters after meeting Topolánek in Bratislava on September 14.

The Slovak cabinet, Fico said, plans to announce its decision on the issue as soon as Bulgaria and Romania join the EU, scheduled for January 1, 2007, the TASR news agency wrote.

Topolánek shares a similar opinion. "My attitude to this will be very liberal," he said.

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Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).