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EU candidates to phase in payments

GOVERNMENT heads from the countries applying for EU membership agreed at a November 15 conference in Warsaw that their nations' contributions to the EU budget should be phased after entry in to ensure no country was financially worse off than before.

The agreement was the latest in a series of counter-blows between EU countries and prospective members on the last, and most complicated, chapter of EU enlargement talks - financing the Union's 2004 expansion by up to 10 new members.

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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).