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SDĽ dumps contents of Mečiar privatization pledge

The daily Pravda on August 6 published Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar's written pledge to the Party of the Democratic Left (SDĽ), in which he guaranteed a halt to privatization

until the National Property Fund (FNM) boards are restructured to include opposition deputies. The pledge, dated June 21, was signed by Mečiar as his coaltion threatened to break apart. Although the FNM boards will not be remodeled until September at the earliest, privatization continued on August 1 with the sale of 41 firms. SDĽ deputy Ľubomír Fogaš said his party considers this step "an expression of Mečiar's political unreliability." FNM Presidium President Štefan Gavorník said on August 5 that the agency is preparing to privatize other firms, including banks, under pressure from the ministers of agriculture, economy, and construction and public works, Práca reported.

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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).