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Zeman: Šimko is an amateur

Czech Prime Minister Miloš Zeman called Slovak Interior Minister Ivan Šimko's refusal to discuss any change in the relaxed cross-border policy for nationals of their two countries "deeply amateur".

His words were rebuffed by Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, who said Šimko's stance was that of the united Slovak government.

Slovaks and Czechs can still use only identity cards to cross their joint border.

The European Union has pressed the two countries to tighten controls to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, especially those ferried across the Czech border by Slovak and Czech nationals under the light frontier checks.

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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).