Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT BUSINESS

Slovakia to get the euro by 2010

THE SLOVAK government and the National Bank of Slovakia would like to adopt the Euro before the end of this decade. They think that Slovakia should be prepared to do so only once it realises all of its planned reforms.

The government should decide upon an obligatory term for adopting the common currency this September, the Slovak daily Hospodárske noviny wrote.

According to the discussion forum held by the functioning group of the National Convent for Economic Policy and Business of the European Union, Slovakia should not hurry to adopt the currency and should set its own economic criteria for doing so.

"After adopting them [the reforms], the Slovak economy would be qualified to enter the [monetary] union," reads the latest summary from the convent, which advises the government.

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).