• Local Team of the Month: Bratislava

    By on Nov. 14, 2014

    Bratislava is an unusual city, not only because of its status as the only national capital in the world that borders two countries (Austria and Hungary), but also because of its people whose inventiveness exceeds any expectations. And there, in the beautiful settlement on the river Danube, lives our small but exquisite local team – Tomas Mrva and Linda Tothova.

  • When Slovakia Becomes Your Second Home

    By on Nov. 6, 2014

    Agele Moses Taban is an amusing young man that easily makes friendships thanks to his open approach and wide smile. The 26-year old youngster comes from Juba, which doubles as the capital of South Sudan and the South Sudanese state Central Equatoria, but currently lives and studies Business Management at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

  • Neighbours Separated by Barbed Wire

    By on Nov. 2, 2014

    We are walking into ordinary fields. Austria is just a few hundred metres away. Twenty-five years ago, this was a no-go area. The inhabitants of Jarovce, a city borough of the Slovak capital Bratislava, were cut off from their neighbours in the Austrian town of Kittsee with a barbed wire fence. It was a part of the Iron Curtain that separated the East from the West for four decades.

  • 1989: A Four Hour Wait to Cross the Border

    By on Oct. 7, 2014

    In 1989, I was six years old, so I don't remember much about the situation. It was strange for me that in first grade of primary school I was called a 'spark' (iskrička), but not anymore in second grade. Suddenly the strategic upbringing of a new Communist generation had come to an end: until then, the "Iskra" organisation was one of the first machines of indoctrination.

  • 1989: How I Remember the Last Days of the Iron Curtain

    By on Sept. 24, 2014

    Today, I fully realise how important the year 1989 was in my life as well as in the history of the world. But at the time, I had no idea what momentous changes were happening in the outside world.

  • The Secret Garden Of Bratislava

    By on Aug. 5, 2014

    Contemporary urbanites long for gardens but how to share public space is a lesson that still needs to be learned in post-Communist societies. Sandra and Michal want to give back a lost paradise to the inhabitants of Bratislava and make them realise that they aren't simply passive dwellers but much more and that TV series are only shadows of real life like prehistoric paintings on cave walls.

  • Slovakia: Black Hole of the European Vote

    By on July 31, 2014

    Bratislava is at the crossroads between Russia and the EU. Where voter turnout is scraping by, despite the strong European identity that exists and where protest and disillusionment did not result in the rise of Euroscepticism and populism.

  • Albrecht House: For the Love of Art

    By on July 29, 2014

    Artists and music lovers are sharing their time, effort and money to restore the ramshackle house that once belonged to the musicians Albert and Jan Albrecht. The reason behind it: to give Bratislava a new space for music. Many may think differently, but not everything is done for business. 

  • Bratislava: I am my own Master

    By on July 29, 2014

    The mas­ter of their own fu­ture. The eco­nomic boom of Bratislava is all about the women. The daugh­ters of the last gen­er­a­tion born under com­mu­nism are the real pro­tag­o­nists of the eco­nomic and so­cial re­nais­sance of the Slo­vak cap­i­tal. They all share the same phi­los­o­phy: I am my own mas­ter. 

  • Love and Marriage: Slovak Gays Can Have One But Not The Other

    By on July 23, 2014

    On June 4th, the gov­ern­ment of Slo­va­kia de­fined mar­riage as a unique union be­tween one man and one woman. The decision remains controversial with segments of the Slovakian population rejoicing and others weeping.