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Growth slows but still leads region

SLOVAKIA'S economic growth for the first three months of 2003 eased slightly to 4.1 percent but remained the fastest growing in central Europe, according to the country's Statistics Office.

Slovakia's GDP totalled Sk268.4 billion (€6.5 billion) for the first three months of 2003, spurred by 21.4 percent growth in foreign demand and growth in value-added industry, agriculture, and construction.

In contrast, domestic demand fell by 0.9 percent to its lowest quarterly level since the fourth quarter of 2000.

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In praise of concrete

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In shallow waters, experts are expendable

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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).