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Dzurinda trust rises on election win

A poll by the Statistics Office has found that the voter trust rating of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, returning to office following a four-year term, shot up in October from the month before to put him in second place behind opposition maverick Robert Fico. Dzurinda rose from 9.3 per cent support in September to 16.5 per cent in October following parliamentary elections. Fico, meanwhile, slipped from 21.5 per cent to 17.0 per cent in the same time, while opposition HZDS party leader Vladimír Mečiar dropped from 19.7 to 14.7 per cent.

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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).