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Ruling MPs in minority

THE FIRST parliamentary session in 2004 will see the ruling MPs in an official minority - only 68 strong in the 150-MP chamber.

The coalition is now relying on the support of the seven MPs who, at the end of 2003, left the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

The Slovak daily Pravda wrote on January 20 that the coalition is relying on the Free Forum (SF) of former Defence Minister Ivan Šimko to vote for cabinet laws.

Several important laws are on the parliamentary agenda for January - including the vetoed law on pensions, anti-corruption legislation, the new election law, and the constitutional amendment that will enable Slovaks to run for posts in the European Parliament.

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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).