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French Ambassador optimistic about Helsinki summit

French Ambassador to Slovakia Albert Turot, who will soon end his diplomatic mission, said August 13 that he is very optimistic that the December Helsinki summit of the European Union will lift Slovakia into the EU entry vanguard.

Turot said that the recent Slovak Romany migrations to Finland and Norway should not impede Slovakia's ambitions to enter the EU alongside its neighbors, as long as the Slovak cabinet deals properly with the issue. He stressed that in the sphere of economy, the cabinet has taken courageous steps. He added that France will support Slovakia's EU and NATO ambitions.

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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).