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"Constitutional revision is the best tool by which the interests of Hungarians in Slovakia can be met. This nation hasn't forgotten about the wrongdoings and crimes committed by Hungarian irredentists."

Július Binder, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS)




"The Constitution shouldn't change as often as fashion trends. It shouldn't last for 10 years only, but for two generations."

Augustín Marián Húska, HZDS MP




"If the reason [for approving the Law on Abortion as a part of the constitutional reform] was that Slovakia can survive only if there are more children, this could be solved very quickly. Put freedom in our hands. I am still ready to beget at least ten children for this country. But certainly not with my wife... because she cannot have any more [children]."

Marián Mesiarik, MP for the coalition Party of Civic Understanding (SOP)




"Maybe a miracle will occur and everything that MPs want to be passed will be passed."

Jozef Hrušovský, leader of the Christian Democrats (KDH) on his party's hopes that the revised constitution would include a ban on abortion.


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In praise of concrete

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

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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).