The Velvet Divorce

  • Robin H. E. Shepherd

Abstract

Slovakia achieved its independence on January 1, 1993 as Czechoslovakia split apart in a ‘velvet divorce’ brokered by the prime ministers of the two republics, Václav Klaus and Vladimír Mečiar, the summer before. In the years that followed, the Czech Republic affirmed its reputation as one of the most stable and democratic states in the former Soviet bloc. Slovakia achieved the opposite. As Mečiar led his people into a twilight zone between democracy and dictatorship the country was increasingly shunned as a pariah. What went wrong?

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Europe Straw Boulder Topo Plague 

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Notes

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