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Slovakia: Stable development

Opinió | 06/10/2010

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Slovakia, which arose from a friendly separation process with the Czech Republic, is experiencing a period of economic and political stability at the heart of the European Union. A certain tendency toward unemployment and the existence of xenophobic nationalism are the only blots on the seventeen years of Slovak independence


Czechs and Slovaks decided, at a given moment, that there was no point in continuing to form a joint state. Few people could find benefits from the existence of Czechoslovakia so, peacefully and without great fuss, they separated. Since 1993, Slovakia has developed as a new state with complete normality, with a consolidated democratic system, fully integrated in the EU and the euro and with a sound economy well prepared to come out of the crisis, although with a certain problem of structural unemployment 

Almost 90% of the population are Slovaks, with a Hungarian minority of around 10%. The political translation of this minority is the only element which escapes the left-right axis of Slovak politics. The Hungarians have their own party which represents their interests, but at the same time there is a Slovak party openly xenophobic toward this minority. Its presence in different governments in the past caused a delay in EU membership and has now led to a distortion of this new European state’s political panorama

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