Re: Two years after EU entry: Brussels appreciates Slovak ambitions, Flash news briefs, Volume 12, Number 17, May 01 - May 07, 2006
During the Communist era, Kadar's Hungary was able to maintain its more liberal "goulash socialist" economy by sticking rigorously to the Soviet line on foreign policy.
The Dzurinda government appears to similarly deflect criticism of its EU-subsidised fire sale economy (Everything must go! Great workers now half the hourly rate!) by being politically correct on all the "great issues of the day", e.g. Cuba, Belarus, international institutions, moving forward with enhanced stability ... snore! I don't know whether this orthodoxy puts the Eurocrats to sleep or makes them feel all warm inside, but it's so effective that sometimes the Slovak government can even get away with doing business with Belarus.