April 2015

Where has the common European House disappeared?
The state of emergency continues
The Slavonian antistress paradise
Forgotten way out for the Slovaks
The crisis between servants and their masters
Will Mario Draghi betray Europe?
The (in)activity and decision-making of the appellate courts
The New Right and Religion (Part 2)
A different look at Slovakia's history
He transformed Russia into superpower
An evening full of art
Defending films
He sold his soul to ''work with a pen"
A poet of colour
Football record holder

Editorial
Where has the common European House disappeared?
Do you remember those poetic slogans and speeches about how we will freely build a common European house and common Europe within the European Union? The unification of shared values, common history and culture. A prosperous European future to which we secure peace and stability ...
The states in Central and Eastern Europe, which enlarged the European Union in 2004 and 2007, were naively duped by Romano Prodi and partly José Barossa´s perspective visions of the European future. They eagerly and irresponsibly sacrificed almost everything in order to achieve this goal, especially their political and economic sovereignty and independence. They gave them up in favor of United Europe ", which, however, after the historic enlargement has vanished somewhere and has not been transformed into expected federation and confederation of nation states. But it is a sort of hybrid – “the Eurozone” and “the rest", the negative fruits of the Lisbon Treaty. As we still remember well, it was originally supposed to bring reforms to the EU, to breathe new life into it, save it from the economic crisis, make it more active, unified and above all action, especially, more competitive against America and Asia, respectively, Russia and the CIS. And the European institutions and Brussels had to get even closer to its citizens, citizens who have been waiting for an economic miracle and economic growth in the EU for seven years. To those citizens who are worried about “incomprehensibility” of the European bureaucracy and politicians in order to increase their long-term low turnout in the elections to the European parliament, the only institution that forms the basis of the results of free and direct elections.
Thanks to the Lisbon Treaty, since the year 2009, there have been no federal or confederal EU being built, nevertheless, it is the centralist European Commission and its officials, the European Central Bank and other European institutions. Equal partnership between Brussels and national governments is rather illusory. It has been replaced by the dictation through directives and regulations (of lobbyists) that are required to be incorporated by the national governments into so-called national legislation. And often without much debate and being threatened by the sanctions. The Lisbon Treaty, which gave birth to the financial and economic crisis in the US, thus paradoxically stopped process of deepening integration of states and citizens in the European Union. And after six years, it is the source of the ongoing crisis in the EU and the growing resistance in the Member States by national governments and citizens. Strengthening centralism is getting not only on British or Greek nerves, but also on the Hungarians´, French´s, Austrians´, Germans´, Finns´ and Spaniards´. Indeed, instead of discussions concerning harmonization (unification), for example, the price of labor, wages, pensions, cost of living, taxes, which would help to reduce regional or inter-state differences, it is widely talked about the end of domination of Brussels and the ECB. The process of federalization of the EU reached only the level of the banking and fiscal union led by the European Central Bank, but only within the Eurozone, not the entire EU. Enforced restrictive measures, endless battles for money and the EU funds, the fight against corruption and for a fair redistribution of taxes even began to threaten not only the integrity of the euro area and “the rest” in the European Union as well as the individual Member States. Most visible example is the deepening crisis in the economic and political union within the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Scotland and Wales want more political and economic sovereignty from London. Although clever Englishmen talk about accepting the Scottish and Welsh demands, but they want to overcome the entire problem by organizing of so- called referendum on the faith of Britain´s future in the EU. However, it seems that the Scots and Welsh´ own shirt is closer than the UK and Brussels coat. It similarly bubbles in the Federal Republic of Germany, where the Bavarians are the least satisfied by Angela Merkel's policy. And so, we could go on - with dissatisfied Catalonians, Corsicans, and Basks...
But we have also another much simpler example. The logic of building a common European house also talks about the need to have one or integrating common language in which the whole European Union speaks, its every citizen uses it at home and in official communications. This language should be taught compulsory from primary school level and in each Member State, of course, in addition to the national language, which would be the first official language of that state. Nevertheless, is there anyone interested in this issue in the Brussels´ headquarters and in the Member States? Probably not much, since more talks and document are publicized about minorities or endangered languages which are necessary to be promoted and protected in the national states. Obviously, from the European funds.
The main topic of the European Union should become a question of whether it can or cannot change the state in the form of Federal or Confederal Union with one federal government and the federal parliament. Or the issue its disintegration so that it did not financially burden any Member States and exempted them from compulsory uniformity and unity. However, it seems that such a debate is far from sight as well as the debate about the protection, support and development of a common European culture and civilization, which only so-called extreme right wants to discuss.
The current European Union certainly needs a profound audit and self-reflection as it is facing separatism and internal chaos. Surely, it must renew its ability to tell the truth and learn to speak it out. It loses the common sense and tangles into a maze of different theories and “DO NOT MISS” policies that serve minorities of minorities and not the majority. The Union breaks away from the people and is unable to tackle their daily lives. On the contrary, it complicates them. It behaves like an expensive and well-paid prostitute who in turn generously serves to each immigrant from Africa and Asia, social parasites, almost every sexual, gender or religious group. Of course, at the expense of taxpayers. It stopped serving the citizens, it represents an instrument of power and domination over the national governments, the common market and the living space of 500 million people. Out of these, almost 30% are at risk of destitution and poverty. Once a year, it celebrates its Day of Europe, but many of its citizens live in mental and spiritual cage, in which they do not write nor sing praises of joy and beauty of life, to Europe, but of the suicides, riots, hell, fights, underground or hallucinations. Its multiculturalism ended even earlier than it managed to leave its utopian “childhood.
Proclaimed force rooting in its cultural diversity is in fact the strength of its cultural and civilizational decline and decay. It is afraid of its cultural and historical heritage. It could not resist the food terrorism, nor increasing fertility and aging.
And such “out-of-shape” EU should not be saved by a reform but by a new agreement with the USA on the establishment of the common market (TTIP). This common market is said to help farmers, small and medium enterprises in the EU to revive business and increase employment ... This is what the official propaganda says and promises. Something similar was said and promised at a time when Slovakia and other countries in Central Europe and the Baltic States were not the members of the EU. At that time, the gradual enlargement of the EU to the east and building a common European house were invested as new great ideas. Western Europe (EEC) then endured an economic crisis and needed to survive. It survived at the expense of Central and Southeast Europe, which were flooded by their investments, technology, banks, privatization scenarios, goods and weapons in the former Yugoslavia. But thus, de facto, west gradually colonized and conquered East by their thinking, politics, culture and rules of the game. West then changed the EEC into the EU and the economically subordinated states were enforced the conditions for the associated and full membership in its “prestigious club”. Successfully, they penetrated the markets of the former Soviet Union as well. Something similar may happen in the case of EU integration with the United States through a common market, trade and investment. Americans need to save their non-gold covered dollar and reduce negative trade balance with the EU. As part of its economic survival, however, they need to break the natural cooperation between the EU and Russia, and gradually isolate the EU from Russia (its gas and oil) and the Eurasian Union. They must not only weaken Russia, as well as non-homogenous European Union and its Eurozone to make it later conquered. Therefore, the powerful common European house is still only a fiction.
Robert Matejovič, editor-in-chief
 
Personality
The state of emergency continues
,,There is a possibility of introducing specific salary rates and redeployment of employees from under the judiciary to the administration of the Ministry of Justice. There are up to 8 employment grades below the minimum wage, "says Paul Uhrík, member of the Trade Union of Justice of the Slovak Republic.
 
Photoreport
The Slavonian antistress paradise
The restored village of Stara Kapela awaits Slovak tourists and pilgrims whose journey takes them through Hungary and Eastern Croatia to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
No comment
Forgotten way out for the Slovaks
Where is our ability to learn and lead the world not by our minds which is greedy for money like The Mammon, but with our heart which doesn't belong to this world?
 
We were interested
The crisis between servants and their masters
The German intelligence services have decided to remain silent. Then continued in surveillance of objects that the American NSA identified.
 
Opinion
Will Mario Draghi betray Europe?
,,If the Transatlantic Partnership in Trade and Investment between the EU and the USA will be signed, Europe loses its financial and monetary sovereignty for good, "says Valentin Katasonov, Russian economist.
 
Justice
The (in)activity and decision-making of the appellate courts
,,The decision should indicate what the lower court erred in and what further actions need to be taken and also what evidence should be presented again an how ", says Judge Paul Thomas.
 
Opinion poll
The European People's Party demand that the EU should prepare for war with Russia, which allegedly wants to destroy NATO and the EU. What do you think about this request?
 
Reflections
The New Right and Religion (Part 2)
,,All attempts to replace God and promotion of the human will as divine led only to one thing which is bloodshed. "writes philosopher Ján Litecký - Šveda.
 
Probe
A different look at Slovakia's history
,,During the glorification and cult of J.A. Comenius, there was one fact hidden from us. Namely that he was Hungarian by ethnicity and was called Janos Szeges who emigrated to Moravia, "says historian Milan Durica.
 
History
He transformed Russia into superpower
The Russian Tsar ''of truth" scattered the Golden Horde and conquered Siberia but he failed to attach the Baltic coast to his Empire.
 
Auction
An evening full of art
An exclusive auction of visual art in memory of the master Milan Laluha under the patronage of civic association PATRIOT – the club of easterners.
 
The world of show business
Defending films
"Children's ability to see the world as if they saw it for the first time returns the value and meaning of things," wonders Matthew McConaughey film Interstellar above.
 
Culture
He sold his soul to ''work with a pen"
,, Awards may encourage and make a person happy. But only a fool thinks too much of and shows off with them, "says Emil Benčík, journalist and writer.
 
Art
A poet of colour
We see images that portray the world around us in their integrity and sensual reality through the diversity of artistic expression in Michael Toth's work. Whether spontaneous or just cheaply imitating.
 
Sports
Football record holder
,,Germany is the best team in the World Championships tournament in recent decades, "emphasizes Lothar Matthäus, the holder of the Golden Ball in 1990.
 
 

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