Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT

EU backs Slovakia against Hungary

A LETTER sent by European Commissioner for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen to Hungarian PM Peter Medgyessy criticised Budapest's controversial status law for being both discriminatory and interfering with the sovereignty of foreign countries.

In response, Hungarian Foreign Minister Lászlo Kovács abandoned defence of the law, saying: "We cannot allow these opinions to go unnoticed".

Following a statement from Verheugen that the status law was not in line with EU standards, Kovács also called the measure "slapdash" and "patchwork", and said it was a troublesome inheritance from the previous government of Viktor Orbán.

Verheugen's position is identical to that of Slovakia, which has refused to allow the law to apply to ethnic Hungarians living on its territory. The Hungarian parliament awaits an amended draft version of the law that would remove the greatest obstacles to its acceptance by regional neighbours.

Top stories

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).