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ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Pensions increased by 10%

All types of pensions were increased by 10 percent on July 1, 1997. The Social Insurance Company (SP) will cover the increase from its own sources, paying 2.4 billion Sk this year. There were 1,398,430 pensions paid in Slovakia at the end of April. The average pension was 45.4 percent of the average wage in the first quarter of 1997, amounting to 3,722 Sk.

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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).