15 years since becoming “European”

Economics and politics

15 years since becoming “European”

30. 04. 2019 14:01

Slovakia officially joined the European Union on May 1, 2004, along with other nine states - the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and Slovenia. The former communist country thus wrapped up its long and complicated journey into the common Europe fifteen years after the fall of the totalitarian regime. Now, fifteen years later, we look back and together with sociologist Oľga Gyarfášová, head of the Institute of European Studies and International Affairs, discuss what were the initial expectations Slovaks had of EU membership, and whether they have been fulfilled over the course of the past years.

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Gyarfasova Olga_RSI.jpg Sociologist Oľga Gyarfášová thinks that Slovaks still view the EU as "us and them".

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