The Slovak leaders Robert Fico and Ján Slota deploy national culture as a political weapon. Read the new comment in The Economist.
„Twenty years after the fall of communism scientists, artists and academics are still extremely poorly paid – earning less than cleaning ladies in Austria, they have to manage on 700 euros a month. If everyone did not have a second job, people would not be able to manage. Slovaks’ wallets are now weighed down with euro coins instead of being stuffed with banknotes.“
The essay was originally published in German in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on June 15th 2009.