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EC: Tight financial controls needed

The European Commission has said that 18.6 million euros in funding from the EU's Sapard fund will not be released until a system of financial control similar to those existing in EU countries is established.

The EC has expressed concern over the use of pre-accession funds since an April scandal over the alleged misuse of Phare funds by a senior civil servant. The affair forced the resignation of Pavol Hamžík as Deputy Prime Minister.

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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.

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).