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Pravda - Slovakia | 11/10/2007

Slovak-Hungarian normality

While political relations between Slovakia and Hungary remain strained owing to their difficult common past, Marius Kopcsay notes that there are many commonalities in the lives of the people of the two nations: "Despite the political quarrels, Slovaks still buy houses in Hungary because they're cheap there. Thousands of Slovaks travel to work in Hungary and thousands of Hungarians spend their holidays in Slovakia. There is also a large amount of trade between the two countries. Practical everyday life is more important than political gestures, and ties to the present are stronger than ties to the past, which we can no longer change anyway."

Pravda - Slovakia | 28/02/2007

A European history textbook

The German EU presidency plans to propose the compilation of a pan-European history textbook at an EU education ministers' conference on Thursday and Friday. In view of an attempt by Slovakia and Hungary to produce a similar textbook that has yet to bear fruit after years of effort, Marius Kopcsay has serious doubts about the success of the German initiative: "Each nation has its own view of history, which in part may differ radically from that of others. In Hungary, the Treaty of Trianon (by which Hungary lost most of its territory) is interpreted as a decision that unjustly split up a prospering nation. In Slovakia, on the other hand, the focus is on the country's thousand years of servitude to Hungary, as if the Slovaks had failed to produce anything of value during all this time... At least today these things can be discussed, one can try to understand the other side and admit that there can be different interpretations of historical events... It would be a step forwards if we simply used this insight to improve the textbooks of the different countries."

Pravda - Slovakia | 15/02/2007

The Slovakian Catholic Church's involvement with the Stasi

In Slovakia new files have come to light according to which Jan Sokol, Archbishop of Trnava and Bratislava, maintained close ties with the former communist secret police in Czechoslovakia. Among other things, he allegedly passed on confidential information about a Slovak priest living in exile in the Vatican to the secret police in 1988. Commentator Marius Kopcsay is blunt in his criticism: "These new suspicions come at a time when the Archbishop is already under pressure for having paid tribute to the Independent Slovak Republic [which was dependent on Nazi Germany] under Jozef Tiso's rule. It appears that Sokol has fond memories of the totalitarian regime and worked together with those who ruled it. From a legal point of view he is presumed innocent. However, in politics such suspicions would be enough to warrant his stepping down until the whole matter had been cleared up. But the Church is not a political party. It doesn't have to worry about its image or its popularity in opinion polls. Other values play a more important role, for example one's conscience."

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