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Automotive industry exceeds expectations

THE TOTAL output of the automotive industry in Slovakia reached Sk240 billion (€5.89 billion) in 2003, compared to the 2002 results of Sk185 billion (€4.54 billion), the SITA news wire wrote.

Originally, production ranging from Sk160 billion (€3.93 billion) to Sk200 billion (€4.91 billion) had been the target for 2010. In addition to a new production programme in Volkswagen Slovakia, the increase of subcontractor deliveries also pumped up the production numbers for the industry, the Economy Ministry said in its report.

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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).