Our Alexandra Visnerova analyses, in her latest blog, the aftermath of the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée in Slovakia.
Slovakia has come a long way in its democratic path since the Velvet Revolution in 1989 which saw communism defeated. However, for all its progress, it has become increasingly apparent that the current political system in Slovakia seemingly suffers from many of the same troubles that plagued the country during communism – of which the recent murder is the most emblematic.
The political fallout has already claimed several high-level figures, and it is likely to claim more before the dust settles. Fico has already resigned, yet he has not been incriminated to the extent that he is bereaved of power, raising further questions about how deeply corruption is embedded within the country – and also how the investigation progresses.
We cannot call this crisis only political. It is a crisis of society and democracy, which most likely will have a permanent impact on Slovakia. Masses of people have organized marches to commemorate the victims and show their dissatisfaction with the situation. In Bratislava, Košice and also in Prague, Paris, Sydney, Berlin and London, people have shown that they care.
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