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February/March 2016

Fico has sent Sulík back to the European Parliament
Slovak Earthquake in Vojvodina
Historical Tram Comet
Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill
Survey
Kezele´s Family Farm
Hollande´s Shame
Poroshenko´s Ukraine collapses
When will Kiska do away with the unconstitutional status?
Activities of the Russian House
World Eastern Issue
St. Catherine´s Gold Ducats
Saint Eligius and blacksmith.
“Boss "of Catholic Spain
While all of hindsight
Investigative Writer
You are the dust, and to dust you shall return
Coaching Globetrotter Lolo

Editorial
Fico has sent Sulík back to the European Parliament

Slovakia is waiting for the program declaration of the new left-right Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. On March 5, 2016, the Slovak voters decided that the social-democratic party SMER - SD will not rule alone. Despite the lackluster campaign and significant loss of 30 parliamentary seats (from 79 to 49), Robert Fico and his Social Democrats, winners of parliamentary elections (28.3%) retained their leading position in the new coalition government. It was made by the three right-wing parties – the revived Slovenská národná strana (the Slovak National Party), a Slovak-Hungarian civic party Most - Híd and “the community of hardworking people” of the party Sieť. In the 15 - member cabinet they have the Prime Minister, eight ministers, which again has shifted the focus of the largest responsibility of its governance to SMER - SD.
In any case, the way Robert Fico quickly and dignifiedly formed a new government deserves recognition and respect. Also, the decision of its coalition partners, who prefer a more stable variant of left-right coalition government of four parties in the media and virtual project impatient Richard Sulík, a new Slovak leader of the opposition and the chairman of the Party Sloboda a Solidarita (Freedom and Solidarity). Although Mr Sulík did not have a mandate from President Kiska to form a government, it was too early to see himself on the post of the future prime minister and had already led informal negotiations on a right-wing liberal government. Most often in the cafeteria. He wanted to form a government with three standard right-wing parties, with a four-membered- opportunistic movement of Obyčajní ľudia (Ordinary People) - independent personalities of Slovakia, while the conservative and right-wing Liberation Movement Nova and with the support of a new political movement SME rodina (We ARE the family). To that right wide-ranging constellation we must also add the two marginal political parties, whose leaders have got to the Parliament on the list of candidates of other parties - the liberal party Zmena zdola, Demokratická únia Slovenska (the Democratic Union of Slovakia) and Občianska konzervatívna strana (Civic Conservative Party). Richard Sulík wanted to form a government of eight political parties, which had wanted to guarantee the stability of the signatures of members elected from those parties! Its purpose was too forcibly and at any cost, thus, irresponsibly create any government without SMER - SD and Robert Fico. When it became clear that the Slovak National Party will not support his plan because they prefer constitutional procedures and search for program intrusions with parties that have a standard structure and membership base, he started talking about betrayal and the failure of particular parties Most - Híd and Sieť. He had agreed with the leaders of these parties to support the formation of a right-winged liberal government under the leadership of the party Sloboda a Solidarita (Freedom and Solidarity), but it was the maximum that had been agreed. And the two parties prefer to support responsibility and not take a risk. But Richard Sulík, despite the fact that virtually or in fact he failed to set up a coalition majority, after losing the fight, he doggedly promoted in the media and on social networks the idea of the “real chance " for creating a right-wing government. His campaign culminated in a theatrical protest rally of citizens and artists, ironically, against the formation of a newly created democratic government (!) on March 17, 2016 in Bratislava, even more paradoxical is the fact they had given it the name: “We called for the government, not for betray!
The absurdity of the attempt to “Maidanize” the Slovak political scene, joined by the political extremists of Obyčajní ľudia (Ordinary People) - independent personalities of Slovakia lies in the fact that the main blame for their failure and the establishment of the third Fico´s government attributed the Slovak oligarchy. However, he is unable to publicize their names, take them to the court or accuse them of corruption, of influence of the executive branch and the looting of European funds and Slovakia. And, perhaps most important, he is unable to explain the people of Slovakia what is the possible, legal and constitutional way to stop or limit the business activities of “influential oligarchs "and their financial groups. He wants them to nationalize and expropriate perhaps? And all or only those Slovaks?
To the majority of Slovak citizens, it is clear that the third Fico´s government will last at least until the end of this year, when the historically first Slovak Presidency of the European Union finishes. And then it will see whether it will go on and will continue to be cohesive. Slovakia´s international prestige, peace and security, relatively stable and responsible government are likely to be of the utmost priority why Robert Fico managed to establish this government of “large and historic compromise ". On the other hand, its program declaration and performance will indicate whether he will use of the historic chance to retake having been given by the voters. They will have to correct many mistakes and resolve shortcomings.  It must be even more open to the truth, constructive criticism and show a sense of useful and pragmatic compromise and pragmatic left-to-right or neutral solutions. Otherwise, it is threatened by decay and preparing for early elections.
Slovakia needs not only a new law on political parties, but media area must be cultivated and standardized as well. It is no longer possible, for example, that the media law should only be respected by journalists and media owners, not by bloggers or so-called contributors to the social networks. Anarchy in the media reflects the anarchy in the political sphere. A result of this symbiosis can only be chaos, spreading hatred, anger and fear. And Slovakia does not need that. The opposition should be aware of this, they also must respect the Constitution and laws, and particularly when styling themselves in the position of police righteous investigators, prosecutors and judges of the new government. The old Slovak proverb says: Who sows, the wind will reap storm. If you want to be a conglomerate of right-wing, liberal, conservative opposition and civil trusted and respected, they must be themselves idols for and good examples for citizens and government. And not a media circus with a prelude on the social networks. And the opposition needs is self-reflection and subject to public control, and they also “live „from the state budget. And it must tell the nation the truth about for example which oligarchs and financial stakeholders they serve. They did not start well and luckily and the new government, which they want to control “profoundly ", has so far been only threatened. They evaluate what is not yet known. So nothing. Who knows what the result they would have obtained if they had taken some of its leaders to a court at least for defamation, slander and dissemination of false information and incitement to hatred. Obyčajní ľudia (Ordinary People) – independent personalities of Slovakia and Richard Sulík have just scored on this basis. Who knows if he would be the leader of the opposition unless Slovakia was threatened by migration crisis in the European Union and by inability of Brussels administration to deal with security, economic and social risks?
Robert Matejovič, Editor- in- Chief

Personality
Slovak Earthquake in Vojvodina

“We defend the Slovak interests, promote fair relationships and coexistence with the majority of the Serbian people. We pursue the fight against corruption, building the rule of law and institutions, the Serbian membership of the EU, the economic and social development of Vojvodina, "says Pavel Surový, a Chairman of the political party “Slováci vpred!” (Slovaks Ahead!), who wants to be a new and strong leader of Vojvodina Slovaks.

Gallery
Historical Tram Comet

No comment
Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

“We remain open to the contribution of other religions, but Europe must remain faithful to its Christian roots. "

Survey
How do you comment historically the first meeting of the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow and entire Russia?

Photo report
Kezele´s Family Farm

It is famous for its Moslavina “kotlovina "- home-made cuisine and the protection of rural cultural heritage.

We were interested…
Hollande´s Shame

France awarded the prestigious order of the Legion of Honor to the interior minister of a despotic regime in Saudi Arabia.

Abroad
Poroshenko´s Ukraine collapses

The economy can survive only with the restoration of Russia´s investments.

Justice
When will Kiska do away with the unconstitutional status?

“If the president fails to perform his duties as set by the Constitutional Court, there is no reason for citizens to respect any binding decision of state authorities, "said Judge Juraj Sopoliga.

Report
Activities of the Russian House

“We are pleased that the Russian language in Slovakia gained the status of a national minority language, "says Sergey I. Žiganov, a director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Bratislava.

Reflection
World Eastern Issue

 Catherine II. Had already wanted to expel the Turks from Europe and restore Byzantine Empire. Catholic West was traditionally not only against Orthodox Russia but also against the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

Heritage
St. Catherine´s Gold Ducats

Their existence is rare and limited production was provided by President T. G. Masaryk.

Patrons of Science, Technology and Crafts (Part 2)
Saint Eligius and blacksmith.

History
“Boss "of Catholic Spain

In the dictatorship of General Franco, there was no possibility of divorce, abortions were limited as well as contraception. In 1954, a law was passed that defined pedophilia, homosexuality and prostitution as a crime.

The World of Show Business
While all of hindsight

“Whenever I feel intrigues and toxic Slovak air, I pack up before someone throws me out, "says Martin Sarvaš, a songwriter and cultural diplomat.

Culture
Investigative Writer

“Art or literature means finding oneself, "thinks Ivan Szabó, a journalist, writer and artist.

Books and Reviews

Art
You are the dust, and to dust you shall return

A light-motif of large works of Anna Hausová, an academic painter is the theme of death and rebirth in the unknown space.

Sport
Coaching Globetrotter Lolo

Once he kissed Gina Lolobrigida. And maybe that is why Jozef Vengloš was not only a successful football coach, but also one of the most famous Slovak ambassadors for sport in the world.

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