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Controversial judge appointed to council

PRESIDENT Rudolf Schuster on July 11 nominated the controversial Tibor Šafárik to a judicial council which will administer the judicial branch. Šafárik is chiefly remembered for a decision freeing an alleged kidnapper of the former president's son from charges.

Šafárik is shadow minister of justice for the opposition Slovak National Party (SNS), and has also defended ex-Interior Minister Gustáv Krajči, accused of thwarting a 1997 referendum on Nato membership.

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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

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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).