May 2012

Is the EU perdition or salvation?
A new metropolitan of creative industry
Symbols of Croatian Zagorje
The truth about the workload of judges
Greece awaits a new life
ESM will lead Slovakia into destruction
NAPS impressed Jordanian Prince
Human rights were transformed into a weapon
Christians and renewal of a nation
Victory or death
Doubts for ,,lovers of tolerance“
Isaiah was understood better by Slovenians
Tragedy of the cruiser General Begrano
Microphone is her drogue
Decent diary of Belarusian artist Ilona Kosobuko.
He has never been fearful (Part I)

 
Editorial
Is the EU perdition or salvation?   
,,God of justice, Thou who saved us when in deepest bondage cast, hear Thy Serbian children’s voices, be our help as in the past,” these words are at the beginning of Serbian national anthem God of Justice (Bože pravde). I remembered them a short time ago when I was in Serbia with my friends to give a financial gift for Slovak Elementary school of the hero Janko Čmelík in Stará Pazova. What for? For purchasing new chairs for children. This school has been writing its history for more than 240 years (it was founded as evangelical school) and probably it is the oldest Slovak school in the world affecting constantly...
Stará Pazova is the former border city between Austro-Hungary and Osman Empire. Slovaks, coming here during 18th century mostly from Martin, Zvolen and Banská Bystrica, were not only guards of this border but also farmers, settlers of the land where they could willingly live their Evangelical confession. Today they are 35-40% national minority in this city, behind which there is the end of Vojvodina, and starts central (original) Serbia. Concerning national, education and cultural rights, they are secure. Slovak language is one of 6 official languages (besides Serbian, Croatian, Ruthenian, Romenian, Hungarian).
Vojvodina Slovaks have their schools, theatres, intelligence, Church, media, they develop their culture, they run a business, farming, they help Serbia which is their homeland. With their national consciousness and autonomy they make me feel that they could peacefully exist there even if they didn’t have their motherland – the Slovak Republic. Also this is the reason why for me they are a “symbol” of which Slovakia should be proud. On the other hand they are living proof of quality of national politics in the Republic of Serbia and Vojvodina, which is an autonomous province with regional government and regional parliament. And which can be the model for actual national politics in Hungary, Estonia or Latvia.  
As Serbians as these Slovaks wish to be a part of the EU, some kind of modern dogma of civilization space. They already are in Europe, since a long time ago. Their wish reminds me of times when Slovaks after the 1989 were longing to be Europeans and blindly believed the project of building so-called common European house of all nations in Independent Europe.
In 90’s this home was offered to the postcommunistic central Europe as a unique and best integration process, as an unrepeatable life chance. Common cultural values, democracy, security and economic prosperity – these were the most powerful slogans of political marketing of Brusel and White House luring citizens of central Europe into their sphere of influence and as far as possible from post-Soviet Russia. In those times globalization and its effects were described only positively.
How is this European house today? In 2004, when 10 countries became full-fledged members of the EU, neither the Treaty of Lisbon (ground for centralization) nor financial and bank crisis in the USA existed. The European Union then was not a subject of international law and it was the union of sovereign states oriented on common market, zone of free market, movement of capital and persons. Generous dotations for farmers in western Europe (mostly to support export) and pre-accession funds for candidate countries indicated though that they wouldn’t be only a source of corruption but also a tool for elimination competition on “common market”, for liquidation of home production as well as food and energy self-sufficiency. So called harmonization of law and negotiation process and its single steps ruined financial and production independence of acceding countries. For example let us remember implementation of quotas for breeding, cultivation and production of food and agricultural products. Market and bank sphere had to be liberalized, state property privatized and sold, state dotations had to be cancelled, costs for healthcare, education, defense and security had to be reduced.
All of this had to be replaced by foreign investments and investors with tax holiday, or various stabilization loans. Officially and politically they supported so called economic transformation into market and accession of countries to EU. Unofficially they colonized sovereign states and impoverished their low and middle class. Factually they stopped national and cultural development, worsened social situation, lowered level of healthcare and education. People had to tighten their belt and learn how to live on debt. Once countries with surpluses became countries with deficit or in better case with controlled deficit and covered by new loans.   
All this had already been happening when Brusel and western-European politicians were promoting so called Lisbon strategy – program of radical renewal of the European Union in economic and social area. On March 2000 it was accepted by leaders of 15 original European countries. According to this program it was supposed to build up competitively able and dynamic economics with sustainable growth. Do not laugh... They wanted to build up a Union which would reach USA and Japan, which would create more high quality jobs and will lean on social unity! A year after the entrance of new ten states to the EU the European Commission suddenly resigned and in 2005 revised the Lisbon strategy only into support of economic growth and employment according to possibilities of every member state. Weak Romania and Bulgaria entered in 2007 when NATO expanded of the area at the Black Sea. And then financial crisis and recession in USA came and intensively attacked the countries of the EU during 2009-2010.
How is the EU today? Will it survive itself and its eurozone? Will it dizintegrate in 2? Or its 500 million citizens will pay high price for progressive centralization and federalization which will destroy even the last remains of the sovereignty of member states? So far this process has given rise of the number of 27 million people living below poverty! Centralistic regime and its eurovals are salvaging mostly banks and public sector and its employees through their loans to governments. But it doesn’t help private sphere and businessmen, on the contrary, all tax payers have to repay loans... On July 2013 the EU will gain another 28th member – Croatia. The country where politicians can’t tell their people which Union they are joining, what they are going to do there, what they will influence there or not, what they are going go loose or to get. Croatian economy has a negative GDP growth rate for the fourth year, farmers strike and ask for higher dotations. Unemployment is increasing. As in the EU as in Croatia nobody can say when it is going to be better and when domestic production and consumption will come to life.
It is really sad the way Croatia “became” a member of the EU. In other candidate countries first there had to be referendum. When it was valid and positive then the accession treaty was signed and ratified in national parliaments of member states. In case of Croatia it was scandalous. First the outgoing government signed the accession treaty in December 2011 and then the parliament announced referendum. But as there was anxiety that Croatia would deny the accession to the EU, they changed the law on referendum so that it cancelled quorum of required absolute majority of voters. And there were just 44% voters...
In vicissitudinuous Serbia where people, including Slovak minority, have experienced four wars since 1991 and hard economic embargo from the USA, EU and West, they await that accession negotiation with Brusel will have started by the end of this year. Boris Tadič, former Serbian President used to promise them that Serbia would be a member state of the EU in 2009...
But how it really is to live, feel, think, work in the EU, they don’t know anything about. Today Serbia is some kind of bridge between the West and the East, it is a neutral country that doesn’t want to be a member of NATO. It survived the hardest years thanks to almost customs union with Russia, China and Belarusia. It is oriented towards Asian and African market. In case of accession to the EU it will have to subordinate to policy of Brusel a will certainly lose these benefits of independent market policy. There is a question whether Serbian politician realize what the EU is today and what cost will Serbia pay if it becomes a member state.
Róbert Matejovič, editor-in-chief
 
Personality
A new metropolitan of creative industry
„Our city has a chance to become the biggest scientific and arts centre on the eastern border of the EU,“ Ján Sudzina, director of the non-profit organization Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013.
 
Fotoreport
Symbols of Croatian Zagorje
The fortress-castle Veliki Tabor castle hides the secret of the story of unrequited love of beautiful Veronika Desinička, and the rustic farm Grešna Gorica.
 
No comment
The truth about the workload of judges
There are 2 169 770 pending distraints. The question is whether this is the result of the work of executors or of the money ran out of debtors.
 
We were interested
Greece awaits a new life
„The EU troika is not harbouring colonial ambitions, but implementing a rescue package,“ said Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.
 
Opinion
ESM will lead Slovakia into destruction
Richard Sulík considers permanent euroval (EFSF) as self-destruction.. Financial loss will not be financed by private banks but by European tax-payers.
 
Successful
NAPS impressed Jordanian Prince
His royal Highness will delegate his legate and opera singer who will sing Christian chants in Arabic on 8th International ecumenical concert.
 
Opinion Poll
How do you evaluate magazine Dimenzie and its influence on public opinion?
 
Abroad
Human rights were transformed into a weapon
„Russia is against the opportunistic manipulation orders and requests of powerful western lobby groups at the United Nations Human Rights Council.“
 
Glossa
Christians and renewal of a nation
According to the real survey there are just 25 – 30% of Christians Catholics living active religious life in Slovakia,“ says Radoslav Lojan, Roman Catholic priest.  
 
Reflections
Victory or death
Templars did not respect any temporal authority. They were dying in fight but did not give up. They were not bothered by the vast superiority of their enemy.  
 
Doubts for ,,lovers of tolerance“
Those who practice immoral and pervert homosexual acts want to be immune against any criticism. They don’t want to understand that their psychosexual identification failed.
 
Probing
Isaiah was understood better by Slovenians
They knew about the money voracity of Chalons that reminded them of Pharisees in Jerusalem.     
 
History
Tragedy of the cruiser General Begrano
In the Falklands war Britain used nuclear submarine for the first time. Even though Argentina lost the war they still insist on territorial integrity and returning back isles under the Argentinean governance.
 
Culture
Microphone is her drogue
„Philantrophically and professionally I am attracted to all interesting, professionally exceptional and charismatic people,“ says Hana Beranová, an experienced editor and presenter of the Slovak radio.
 
Art
Decent diary of Belarusian artist Ilona Kosobuko.
 
Sport
He has never been fearful (Part I)
Niki Lauda, an Austrian triple title winner of The Formula One World Championship openly remembers his family, children, student years and why he falsified his school leaving certificate.
 

 

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