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ViseGrad Insight

The Great Return: Slovakia’s Lost Daughters and Sons Come Home 


‘The Kiss Of Judas’: Will The Heart Of Europe Be Sacrificed Once More?

This month’s 48th anniversary of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia brings into perspective recent history. As old member states squabble over leaving the EU, this invisible nation walks an ever tighter rope. Could the destabilization of the Union mark a renewal of Russian influence in Europe’s East-West gateway?


A Generation After the Iron Curtain:

GLOBSEC and the Future of Slovakia

Europe’s once invisible nation is invisible no more. Ever since Slovakia joined the European Union, the heart of Europe has stepped onto the global platform. It was not that long ago that the country was firmly part of the Soviet bloc. Today, it hosts one of the world’s top security conferences. Year after year, GLOBSEC draws to Slovakia impressive crowds and amazing speakers. Leading scholars, industry captains, top politicians and thought pioneers all flock into its capital, Bratislava. As the world gathers in the city located on the crossroads of East and West for the 3-day event, Slovakia becomes a global mecca of knowledge-sharing.

THE slovak spectator

Don’t call me an Eastern European!

We all know it. When you tell a foreigner that you come from Slovakia and most of them give you that surprised look. It hurts the most when the voyeur is from the ‘West’. It is hard to escape the consequential classification of the former Iron Curtain, where anything East of Germany is slotted into the category of ‘Eastern European’. A large geographical circumference which encompasses everyone from the Czechs to the Russians, including Europe’s largest ethnic group: the Slavs.

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