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February 2013

The European Union will not save Slovakia
Slovak judiciary needs restarting
Barsana- Orthodox Monastery
Top Thermal Wellness
The Intervention Fund of the EU
Konstanjevici na Krki in Slovenia
It is a national state
Why do judges have immunity?
Global Shadow Banking Industry
Christianity and present world
Metropolis and “ Country”
Beast from Omaha
Singer of Slovak Evergreens
Natural Mystique
How to earn in the world of tennis?

 
Editorial
The European Union will not save Slovakia
Central Europe has been undergoing turbulent times. In Bulgaria, there are mass demonstrations of citizens against high prices of electricity caused by the fall of the government and an early election. In Slovenia, there are demonstrations held against venal politicians that put a pressure on the parliament to express distrust to the prime minister and his government. The country, which has been struggling the economic crisis for three years, after an early election in December 2011 is heading to another early election. In Poland, by slight majority, the parliament expressed confidence in the government so that they could start up new economic and social reforms. In Hungary, Orban´s government is trying to lead the country out of the crisis by closer economic cooperation with Russia and Asia. In the Czech Republic, there has been political “entertainment” concerning legitimacy of Nečas´s government, its costs saving packages, increase in taxes and growth of unemployment. In Romania, a new social government does not want to negotiate with the IMF about new loans and they want to solve complicated economic situation by opening new coal and uranium mines. In addition, Croatia, which was supposed to become a member of the European Union on July 1, 2013, civic activists have been trying to collect 450,000 signatures to organize a new referendum. They propose four interesting questions- Are you for or against transformation, privatization and other changes of non- personal properties from 1990 until now? Are you against prohibition of selling properties, soil and natural sources of the Croatian Republic? Are you for or against the integration of Croatia in the European Union? Are you for or against circulation, production and sales of genetically modified organisms in Croatia?
There is a question that comes up one’s mind- why is this discussion being opened just a few month before the integration of Croatia in the Union and isn’t it a respond to distrust against new prospects of the country in “ the European zone of prosperity and stability.” Only 44% of voters took part in the referendum about the integration of the country in the EU…
Frustration and uncertainty rule Central Europe. Struggle for economic survival and letter future pushes aside any discussions about new economic policy and alternatively against global financial and industrial groups that rule individual states. There are no rumours about economic cooperation between “colonized” or “integrated countries as this part of Europe is de facto a vassal of influential countries in West Europe. Apart from political opinions, which no one pays attention to in Germany or France, leaders of central European states can just tell latest jokes. Well, in better case, they can think whether it will be better or worse to strengthen Russian and Chinese economic influence in V-4 countries (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). Russian investors are welcome and on a great demand in Central Europe as in terms of global economy of Central Europe, it is not important who gives money and bread, most of all; it is important that people have a job and are paid regularly…
Anyway, Slovakia, which is trying to keep at least minimum sustainable economic growth, cannot praise itself for having any positive messages. Domestic consumption of Slovak people decreases, debts of our country are dangerously increasing (more than 50% to GDP) as well as unemployment is. Claiming that Slovakia does not so bad position within the Eurozone and European Union is right, however, but why do not any Slovak leaders speak about how to get Slovakia out of the crisis? Although Fico´s government is searching for positive solutions to strengthen economic growth, it is unable to make up and offer long- termed development impulses for farmers and small and medium entrepreneurs. Furthermore, this government has not found enough courage yet to establish nr estate manufacturing enterprises, which would employ people in endangered regions and decrease import of goods that can be produced in Slovakia. Nor regional and local self- administrations or church circles have been courageous enough and are still relying on taxes and subsidies. For over 20 years, Slovakia does not know balanced or surplus national budget! Since Slovakia and the Czech Republic fell apart, Slovakia has changed into a producing and distribution workroom richly sponsored by foreign investors. The brand “Made in Slovakia” nearly does not exist and there is no typical or new Slovak product known abroad (I do not count on bryndza, beer or alcohol). What economic results do those foreign investors achieve? Moreover, how do they invest their income in Slovakia? Do they blackmail the government or not with their leaving and unsustainable government? Fico´s government should not rely on a few great private employers, the European funds for infrastructural projects, which are the source of corruption or European donations for temporary decrease in unemployment rate of people under 29. Neither Slovak economy nor Slovak regions can be only saved by constructions of motorways, reconstruction of football stadiums or the system change of giving stimuli to investors. Nor temporary freeze of energy prices and “price control” policy of monopoles are enough for the state to pay for a whole fleet of their clerks, employees of civic administration, retired people and unemployed. If the state wants to stimulate the economic growth, they should offer their citizens and Slovak entrepreneurs more. It is necessary to re- evaluate cut-downs on public expenditures and investments. It cannot slow down the cooperation between the public and private sectors any further. The syndrome of the lowest price in the public tenders and procurement cannot deform economic growth. It is proved that too much cost- saving does not help either the state or citizens, it just serves a fetish goal- controlled deficit. In addition, a deficit, however, has never been a manifestation of good economy. By the way, what is such a state and system, which has always been deficit and has had no sources for development and growth of living standard, for? Why wouldn’t Brussels, the Slovak government and governments of the Eurozone rather speak about the obligation to achieve balanced and surplus budget? Is it so difficult to change it?
Fico´s government had better offer tax stimuli for the sustainable development of the country, establishment of production farms and operations, tourism and services, investments in schools and education, health care, science or research. It should gat rid of a kind of a worry about what would Germany or Chancellor Merkel say. Germany is not Slovakia and Mrs Merkel is does not get a salary of an average Slovak citizen or entrepreneur. Moreover, it is still true that neither Germany nor the European Union is responsible for the economic policy in Slovakia but the Slovak government. In addition, Fico´s government definitely has the potential to pursue positive economic regulation more courageously and sensibly in favour of domestic firms and investors. However, the question is whether it wants it and how it wants to do it. Even if it want but is unable to do so, it should be honest and say it to its citizens. And I mean that no one is any more interested in tax releases or better tax collection system. Nor in shadow economy. There are deeds that pay not press conferences. If for example, if there is a “sophisticated mafia SDKÚ- DS” at the Tax Offices that steal money from the state as it is often mentioned in cafés and bars, why is the government unable to eliminate it? Why should employees, small and poor entrepreneurs, who even have to borrow money to pay taxes, compensate missing money not having been collected from the “strong and powerful (mainly VAT)?       
At last, let me mention an example from Serbia. When Dačič´s socialistic- national government took over the power in autumn 2012, Serbia was about to go bankrupt. Although the government increased taxes, prices of groceries and energy, or had to search for new borrowings from abroad but it also began pursuing much stricter anti- corruption regulations and arrest even powerful managers of the banks, entrepreneurs and politicians, who had not been punishable before. Moreover, the government announced public in the media that they would search for investors and “new friends” of Serbia away from the European Union where, according to them, there are no investors and there is a lot of fight for its economic survival. In addition, where does the Serbian government search and find the investors? As usual, in Russia and China as well as in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Japan, Turkey and wealthy Arabic countries. Economic ministers travel to the states that do not suffer the financial or economic crisis. They offer establishment of common state and private enterprises, import of technologies and export of Serbian products and agricultural commodities to the markets out of the EU. And what is even more interesting is the fact that no one criticizes them in the EU, where they want to achieve a status of a candidate country, for such economic policy. And what will Slovakia do if the European Union and its Eurozone falls, disintegrates or falls apart? Will it remain faithful to Germany or will it finally find out other alternatives? The European Union will not save Slovakia. It is not a state with a unified economic, monetary, fiscal, and agricultural, regional and security policies.
Róbert Matejovič, M.A.
An editor-in-chief           
 
Personality
Slovak judiciary needs restarting
“The most important factors of court delays are obstructions, the length of issuing experts opinions and succession. Then, there is the length of tenders and other factors,” claims Monika Jankovská, a Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic.
 
Photoreport
Barsana- Orthodox Monastery
It belongs to the most beautiful and oldest wooden monasteries in Romania.
 
Successful
Top Thermal Wellness
You will find it in Patince. Even Matthias Bel, a pioneer of Slovak enlightenment, mentioned its water with curing influence on a human body.
 
We were interested
The Intervention Fund of the EU
Who and what kind of “democracy” having been exported to the East will it support? Will it destabilize countries neighbouring the EU, closely cooperating with Russia and wanting to establish a competitive Euro- Asian Union?
 
Gallery
Konstanjevici na Krki in Slovenia
 
No Comment
It is a national state
Matica Slovenská must be a leader of moral revival of the Slovak nation. How will it help young people be proud of their nation? (From the speech delivered by R. Fico, the Prime Minister of the SR)
 
Opinion
Why do judges have immunity?
“It protects them mainly from wilfulness of politicians and repressive parts of the state. Every application for persecuting a judge must be investigated by the Constitutional Court,” writes Štefan Harabin, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic.
 
Survey
Global Shadow Banking Industry
It undermines the official financial system and thus creates conditions for repeated global financial crisis. The entire stealing as well as controlling system was invented by credits providers.
 
Glossary
Christianity and present world
Let view on the year 2012. In the world, one Christian is killed every five minutes. Islamism is a global tool of power in fight against Christianity.
 
Opinion Poll
Will Catholic Church survive its inner crisis and post- modernism and will defend Christianity as a traditional life philosophy in Western Europe?
 
Reflexion
Metropolis and “ Country”
Where is the capital of Slovakia supposed to be and where will be its new metropolises? Would Slovakia survive without Bratislava like a lamb sent to wolves with no mercy, loses its identity and human character?
 
History
Beast from Omaha
It is estimated that Heinrich Severloh, a young man serving a gun- machine, shot up to 2,000 American soldiers by “Hitler´s Saw” during their disembarkation in Normandy.
 
Culture
Singer of Slovak Evergreens
“During communism I used to say that if socialism had fallen down on Tuesday, on Thursday a half of the nation would have been unemployed by Friday. And it is the same in case of singers,” states Zdeno Sychra, a Cantilena Singer.
 
Art
Natural Mystique
István Hobor, a fine artist and graphic designer, focuses mainly on visual mysteries of multifunctional and mysterious nature.
 
Sport
How to earn in the world of tennis?
Promoters of tournaments claim that starting money is more important than prize money. For many tennis players it is higher income that money earned after a victory in the match.     

 

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