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Cabinet remains united behind budget cuts

A cabinet debate October 23 on the 2003 state budget draft did not produce basic opposition to the deficit target and cuts in state spending the new Dzurinda cabinet has proposed, government officials said. However, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš has been forced to revise funding for the two state rail firms upwards by almost Sk3 billion after making an error in calculations. The minister noted that even at the higher support sum, altogether about Sk7 billion, the rail firms still faced a “difficult accounting job” in surviving the coming year.

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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

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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).