After a few weeks pause forced on me by an overly competent laptop servicemen, I can finally relate to Plato´s caveman at the moment of leaving the cave. Or to a person getting rid of a plaster. It is next to impossible to describe that state of disability when so much is happening in the world of politics and you can only helplessly and passively watch without commenting on it, though, maybe–try to imagine having your hands tied behind your back by a sinister PC doctor who does not explain or articulate prognoses. I have experimented and so I cordially do not recommend eating yourself through that frustration but anyway. Let´s recap on what happened meanwhile and on draft articles which I managed to trash as they seemed not to be relevant any longer.
Hunt on truth goes on and as a part of demonstrating the willingness to shut up any blithering journalist, an aspiring Italian PhD student researching on Egypt´s trade unions went to ride a metro in Cairo and … was found dead. Live from Italy, I can confirm that the country seems to be back to everyday life and the loss of Guilio Regeni´s life henceforth aggravates fellow students and reporters only.
The world opinion regarding immigration continues to clash and Austria sets asylum limits. Resentment goes viral, public opinion infected and passer-by, bearded hipsters are increasingly more often confused with Muslims.
Visegrad cooperation turns 25 and I feel slightly better that it is not only me who is getting old.
Pope visits Mexico, Ankara is shaken by the bus explosion, Zika spreads further, Apple encryption debate unfolds and the threat of Brexit remains to be the source of nightmares for many statesmen. Fighting in Syria as well as Trump are both far from coming to an end. Sex with animals remains banned in Germany.
Opinions and comments on these unfolding events mushroom faster than the situation on the ground manages to develop and so instead of adding to general confusion and ongoing debates, I will now take you to the Slovak Wonderland.
Being the site of upcoming parliamentary election, the window of opportunity might seem to be opening slightly in Slovakia. However, the opposite appears to be true given the two facts.
Firstly, since the currently ruling parliamentary configuration has taken over the country, Slovakia, coincidentally, witnesses a gradual erosion of the Slovak entrepreneurial base. Conditions, regulations and requirements imposed on small and middle enterprises force many out of business and this happens without sensitivity and attention to the role such entities are likely to play in the country´s economic life. By bringing hundreds of economically vital companies to bankruptcy, Slovak law makers undermine the very foundations of national economy. Further adding to an economic weakness, we have also coincidentally noticed a redistribution which was supposed to favour vulnerable and weak, nevertheless, as the time has shown, we were empowering the wrong segments of society- those, who are not, cannot or do not wish to be economically active and thus beneficial for general Slovak well-being.
Secondly, this same still-leading party set on massive, though disguised campaign to strengthen its existing voter base and eventually attract new followers. The very recent instance of return premium for the natural gas users serves as a case in point–do not get mistaken, Slovak national budget is definitely not in such a surplus so as to mindlessly dispense up to 50 million €– and the ostensibly altruistic hole will be anyway filled in through tax imposition. The Prime Minister´s (and simultaneously this same party´s leader´s) statements and attitude towards the immigration at the time of growing public resentment and fear is the icing on the cake. Even though his stance has probably saved the republic from the massive inflow of non-Christian refugees–and the subsequent cultural destabilization; the record of Minister´s coat changing ruins all expectations about the good intents. He was a proud member of the Slovak Communist Party during the Communist era and refused to admit the fact after the regime worn off. In other words, had the Slovak public sympathised with the asylum seekers, Fico would have accurately adapt his attitude.
Only while I was researching on the current situation, I have come to a sudden realization. Last time I mentioned inherent Slovak mentality of submissiveness and conformism and our Prime Minister is an outstanding example. If this assumption holds true in every case, his actions seem to be determined by this disposition. Anyway, only the dead fish goes with the flow and it takes much more than aligning attitude with that of public to be a responsible and honourable leader of the masses.