January 20, 2010

Slovakia’s Bumpy Road to Democracy and the European Family

Although our historical contexts and geographic positions are quite different, Slovakia and Estonia have several things in common: both countries are new and were created following the division of larger Communist federations – Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, respectively. Both saw their future clearly in European and transatlantic institutions and joined the EU and NATO at the same time, in spring 2004. It seems that Slovakia’s road towards becoming a modern democratic state and joining a civilized Europe was a bit more complicated than Estonia’s.

Although our historical contexts and geographic positions are quite different, Slovakia and Estonia have several things in common: both countries are new and were created following the division of larger Communist federations – Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, respectively. Both saw their future clearly in European and transatlantic institutions and joined the EU and NATO at the same time, in spring 2004. It seems that Slovakia’s road towards becoming a modern democratic state and joining a civilized Europe was a bit more complicated than Estonia’s.


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