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November/December 2012

Will Fico be a patriot and nationalize U.S.Steel and SPP?
Visit the Planet of Košice
The Museum of Orava Village
The Testament of Saint King Luis IX
Will SPP be acquired by Slovakia or the Czech Republic?
Why was Obama so sad?
How to improve judiciary financing?
Devolution for Scotland and the British Crown
Having boxed for gold
Slovakia was Christianized from Bavaria
Led by Holy Ghost
He demonstrates a beauty of folk dances
Beauties of Bački Petrovac
Does he really have no place in cycling?


 
Editorial
Will Fico be a patriot and nationalize U.S.Steel and SPP?
 Róbert Fico and his government have a unique chance to show their courage and demonstrate their real patriotism to Slovakia. Announced “departure” of Germans and French from the Slovak Gas industry and mainly announced leave of Americans from the U.S.Steel Košice. Róbert Fico governs alone and thus he does not need any coalitional compromises to nationalize 49% of shares of SPP, a.s., which are owned by the French and German company Slovak Gas Holding B.V. and to purchase the Iron Works, which suddenly and again have lost their profitability, from the U.S.Steel company… After their nationalization, both former fleet ships of the Slovak economy would help not only the national budget of the Slovak Republic and Slovak citizens, but also significant decrease of deficit and debts of our country.
From the national and state interests of Slovakia, this nationalization is much more important than for example, investments in endless European bailout fund or in the gradual bank union within the Euro zone or the European Union which will eliminate the last bits of “Slovak independence”. This nationalization can be a shame neither for Slovakia nor Róbert Fico as very similar nationalization is rather familiar not only in Germany or France (For Róbert Fico they are strategic partners) but also in Great Britain. Finally yet importantly, it can be much cheaper than new emission government bonds or the international loans, which are supposed to rescue mainly public sector in Slovakia (salaries of state and public employees, self-governing regions, cities and municipalities).
Nationalized enterprises would not lose their markets or present work, or their openness for the international cooperation. In case of SPP, it is not important that new Russian gas pipelines South Stream and Nord Stream go around Slovakia. These gas pipelines eliminate the “security risks for Russia” and energetic risk for West Europe due to the politically divided Ukraine. However, it will remain important that along with Ukraine, Slovakia will still be and important transporters of Russian gas to Western Europe. In addition, for present Slovakia, which resists the bankruptcy, it is not negligible whether a part of income and profit (including dividends) will stay at home or will continue further away from Slovakia. Let us not forget the fact that the citizens of East Slovakia have been waiting for completion of gasification of some regions and predominantly building gas storage containers for few years. Moreover, West Slovakia made sure (as usual) a long time ago, but what will happen in the east of Slovakia if the “Ukrainian and Russian” gas war will break out again and will last for a few weeks?
In case of the iron works in Košice, the situation is rather different. Thanks to the tax holidays in Slovakia, Americans solve mainly financial problems of their parent company in Pittsburgh as for example the development of science and research in the steel industry in Košice or new investments in the environment, which they were, expected to do. They do not leave only due to the pressure from Brussels but mainly because they do not want to invest. If they wanted to, they would have already announced it to the public.
Laconic and simplified statement that companies are being sold and bought will not stand in this case. Nevertheless, it hides the truth. Their arrival in Slovakia was not a usual event. At least, it was supposed to support servile orientation of the first Dzurinda´s government towards the USA and NATO so that Slovakia received the invitation to the EU… Surely, it is interesting to get to know what the situation in the U.S.Steel Košice is like and where the Americans have moved for ten years. Will M. Dzurinda and I. Mikloš be courageous enough to tell the public about their analysis?
Obviously, there is another factor- who will be a new owner of the Iron works and how long will employment last? Nevertheless, the risk of losing from 8,000 to 13,000 jobs is scary for Róbert Fico, but, surprisingly, that is all what we can say in terms of prime minister’s interest and activities concerning the future of Košice iron works.     
Then the risk of losing a job can be compared to the security risk that is a threat for at least east Slovakia if the iron works get in hands of Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs. New “trading war” or controlling the market with scrap or iron ore or abuse of Slovakia as “smaller base of security and economic interests of Ukraine or the Russian Federation in the European Union” can export in Slovakia other sophisticates economic and criminal practices and new culture. What is it like and can it be simple- Americans will be replaced by Russians or Ukrainians, English by Russian or Ukrainian but really in favour of Slovakia?
In Serbia, where the Americans “ handed over” to the Serbian government “ the loss iron works in Smederevo which was paradoxically managed by the managers from the U.S. Steel Košice, the process of nationalization was carried out without any sufferings and losses. Dačič´s coalition of socialists and nationalists managed the situation and the iron works continue their operation. No one in Europe has criticized or condemned the Serbian government. Do you remember the situation when the American government nationalized not only the banks but also some American car factories?
It is high time Robert Fico broke through his incomprehensible silence and waiting along with Tomáš Malatinský, the minister of economy. We need to know the truth and more, not the announcement of a single possible solution, which will finally turn up as unprofitable for Slovakia and its interests. There are many examples of announcements of this kind (for example, the European bailout fund) and are the reasons for further worries about the fact whether Fico´s government will replace their patriotism by servility to banks and financial groups from the East and oligarchs from the East of Europe.
Mgr. Róbert Matejovič, an editor-in-chief
 
Personality
Visit the Planet of Košice
“Our city is an example for other Slovak cities. The citizens of Košice and all citizens of Slovakia should be aware of the fact that it was not accidentally that it was given the title of the European Capital of Culture 2013,” emphasises Renáta Lenártová, a deputy of the mayor of Košice.
 
Photo report
The Museum of Orava Village
It is situated on the plain in Brestová at a beautiful foothill area of the West Tatras- Roháče, on a halfway between Zuberec and Zverovka.
 
No Comment
The Testament of Saint King Luis IX
“God does not give you gifts so that you became worse, proud and even anyone else. God blesses you so that you become better. It is not allowed to lead a war against God using things He has donated you,” he had said to his son before he died.
 
Opinion
Will SPP be acquired by Slovakia or the Czech Republic?
Fico, a Prime Minster, should finally tell the truth and explain to the citizens how his government wants to nationalize or sell out 49% of SPP shares owned by the company Slovak Gas Holding Slovakia B.V.
 
We are interested
Why was Obama so sad?
Saving American economy and budget, which is a threat for the global economy, are waiting for him. The world is on the brink of new technological revolution and the resources of leading nations are enough to guarantee it takes place.
 
Justice
How to improve judiciary financing?
The Association of Judges of Slovakia offers a few proposals and expects the respond of the Ministry of Justice and the members of the parliament.
 
Abroad
Devolution for Scotland and the British Crown
Scottish nationalists are in favour of an independent Scotland that will remain a member of the EU, but not part of NATO. How will the British Crown use the referendum on independence?
 
Successful
Having boxed for gold
“Having won a gold medal, I was given a leather coat, three meters of fabric, a watch, Stalin’s Works, a few pioneer’s scarves and a radio,” remembers Ján Zachar, an 83- year- old boxer.
 
Opinion Poll
Almost 75% of the public investments of the Slovak Republic come from the European Funds. However, their significant part goes back to the west firms. Do you consider this dependence on funds as successful?
 
Reflexion
Slovakia was Christianized from Bavaria
Saint Emeran, a missionary bishop and Frankish Benedict monk came from Regensburg in order to herald Slavs about Christ and he preached along the river Danube and around the Lake Balaton.
 
History
Led by Holy Ghost
Joan of Arc brought victories, which had no rational explanations. She became a symbol of the national unification of French people and for the English she became an ideological enemy.
 
Culture
He demonstrates a beauty of folk dances
“Having brought to the scene something that he had seen in Kopanica and having recorded it cannot be considered as authentic. Folklore is a living phenomenon,” says Juraj Kubánka, the first Slovak professional in the field of folk dances, a choreograph, a dancer and a director.
 
Art
Beauties of Bački Petrovac
Ivan Križan as a painter knows all corners of Bački Petrovac and its surroundings. He is a supporter of nice, warm, pure and all of that what evokes nostalgia about homeland, good old times of our fathers and grandfathers.
 
Sport
Does he really have no place in cycling?
Lance Armstrong, an American cyclist, has suddenly become a monster. In addition, what about the others who had to do something with the drug abuse in order to be successful? Will world cycling survive without drug abuse?       
 

 

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