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February 2012

Central European banks of Danube were captured by two strong politicians
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Editorial
Central European banks of Danube were captured by two strong politicians  
What unites and what divides Mr. Fico and Mr. Orbán?
Slovakia is the first country in the European Union and the Central Europe having a one-coloured government. It is due to the voters of the March parliamentary elections, in which social democrats received 44, 41% of votes. The SMER-SD party received almost 10% more votes than in elections of June 2010S and overwhelmingly defeated quarreling and burned-out Slovak rightist and liberal parties. Within the frame of 50 election districts SMER won in 47 of them. In the remaining three ethnically mixed in south-west Slovakia only Hungarian parties were able to win against SMER there. Even though SMER-SD ended up at the third place there, it was the only Slovak political party with more then 5% of votes there. In the Dunajská Streda election district it received 6,1% of voters (Most-Híd - 43,87%, SMK - 39,55%), in the Komárno district it received 12, 25% (SMK - 41,77%, Most-Híd - 31,16%) and in the Štúrovo district 7,47% of votes (SMK - 47,03% , Most-Híd - 36,62%). Anyway, SMER got better even in these districts.
Robert Fico, by his victory, created a new electoral record on the Slovak political scene after the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. Absolute electoral record still belongs to the former Democratic Party, which received 62% of votes in the elections of 1946.
In any case, his success is comparable to the success of Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán in April 2010, when the conservative party FIDESZ received 52,7% of votes. However, the result of SMER-SD is even more valuable. Robert Fico won elections alone, Viktor Orbán won with proven electoral coalition with christian democratic people (KDNP). Also this is the reason why it is not correct to say that FIDESZ governs absolutely in today’s Hungary. It is not true. V. Orbán gained a constitutional majority thanks to KDNP, which occupied 36 mandates and received 9,32% of votes. If KDNP had stopped supporting FIDESZ, Viktor Orbán would have governed similarly like Robert Fico in Slovakia – one-coloured and with convenient majority in the parliament...
While leaders of the European rightist parties including J.M.Barosso, the President of the European Commision, congratulated to V. Orbán for victory and for the „world record“, R. Fico received congratulations for an impressive result from leaders of socialistic and social democratic parties. Particularly also Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and surprisingly the rightist president Nicolas Sarkozy, who reminded him „the strategic Slovak-French partnership“ from 2008.
R. Fico as well as V. Orbán are strong, popular and influential political personalities. One defeated „incapable right wing which brought Slovakia into chaos, economic and social decadence“, another „in revolution“ defeated the „band of socialists and communists, who disorganized and ruined Hungary“. Both are convinced statists and centralists, they want to build up strong and national states. Both make an interest with the Catholic Church. Mr. Fico within the frame of building up a social state and social peace, Mr. Orbán on the other hand, within the frame of the return of Hungary to God and to christian values, traditional family, and in fight against „destructive and debauched liberalism“.
As far as the foreign politics is concerned they congruently assert closer cooperation with the countries out of the EU and NATO (mainly Russia, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, Balkan). In relations with Brusel Orbán rejects „biased dictate“ he promotes more independent and confrontation politics towards „global governance“ and „European federalists“ in favour of „preservation of Hungary and its next development“. Fico is loyal to Brusel, he behaves like a convinced european federalist and speaks about „stronger position of Slovakia in the EU.“ Concerning economic politics they promote weakening position of monopols and financial groups, they are against „excessive“ salaries of managers and bank profits. Both understood, that the future of a nation depends from the development of the countryside, agriculture and nutritional self-sufficiency, support to small and medium enterprises, tourist traffic, national culture and education. Mr. Orbán is in this agenda more succesfull and further than Mr. Fico, who has just begun and doesn’t have concrete programmes of support.
Slovensko is not threatened by economic downfall, Hungaria is hardly resisting. Slovakia has better ratings than Hungaria, doesn’t have to raise taxes and drafts drastically, less borrows. Despite all difficulties Hungarians earn more than Slovaks. Both countries have to solve the Gypsy problem and social tension, increase of the poverty and beggary, decreasing birthrate, young studied people leaving abroad.
Certainly it will be interesting to watch how these two gentlemen will communicate between themselves and which gesture they will be proving, which topics will unite them and which will divide. They will meet at least at the sessions of prime ministers of the EU and Visegrad Four. They are expected to make an affort to have good and friendly neighbourly relations. Surely it would be pleasant if Mr. Orbán became a defender of the dying-out Slovak minority in Hungary and Mr. Fico an advocate of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia for solving their objective problems. Or if only the prime ministers and ministers of both governments met at the common session to exchange their experiences and recipes how to solve problems of people in both states.
However, this projection meets the cognition, that V. Orbán doesn’t perceive the Slovak government like the government of all Slovak people. Unfortunately, he judges slovak-hungarian relations more through the prism of hungarian minority„satisfaction“ than through standard political, cultural relations between two sovereign partners. I can’t imagine R. Fico (analogous to any other Slovak prime minister) solving these relations only from the view of missing representation of Slovaks and other national minorities in the Hungarian parliament...
However, Mr. Fico will have to eliminate politically not only Orbán’s visions about prosperity and future of Hungarians, but also the influence of extreme Hungarian ethnic opposition in some of the regions of south-west Slovakia. This opposition is not and probably will not ver be content with anything. Neither with itself. Politically it is covered by the Party of the Hungarian coalition (SMK), partner of Orbán’s party FIDESZ. And as it is known, they haven’t ceased dreaming of unification of all Hungarians of the Carpathian fold and creating Hungarian territorial self-government or autonomy in those countries, where a larger Hungarian minority lives. Slovaks in Hungary do not have such requests. I am curious right now, if SMER is going to offer a perspective regional programme of economic development and employment to these and other citizens of Slovakia living in poorer regions. As far as people in some border regions rely only on work opportunities in Hungary, they don‘t have any reason to perceive Slovakia as their full-value country.   
Róbert Matejovič, editor in chief
dimenzie@internet.sk  
         
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