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Quotes of the Week

"You know the SDĽ wouldn't sacrifice its most popular minister."

Agriculture Minister Pavel Koncoš explaining why his SDĽ party stood behind him even though he had refused to support one of the government's priorities - the transfer of unclaimed lands to municipalities.

"Director [Jozef] Stieranka has done so much good work, that even if the [Lustration] law still applied, I would be torn over whether to use it [against him]."

Interior Minister Ladislav Pittner explaining why he thought it irrelevant that the current Head of the Interior Ministry Financial Police was during communism employed by the secret police (ŠtB). The Lustration Law, which never applied in independent Slovakia, was used in Czechoslovakia in the early 1990's to prevent former high-ranking communists and ŠtB staff from holding public office.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

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).