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Reader feedback: Tough times make enemies

Re: Frustration boils over, By Martina Pisárová, March 1 - 7, 2004, Vol. 10, No 8

Whether or not the Roma will work is moot. There are few job opportunities in eastern Slovakia. Education is a necessary pre-condition, but it is not enough. There are many educated people throughout eastern and central Europe who are unemployed. Harsh economic conditions pit worker against worker in an unforgiving capitalist labour market. In this environment, historic and ingrained racial stigmas become accentuated. This is not just a problem for Slovakia. What does Britain closing its borders say about British racial sensibilities? In a few months, this will be the EU's problem. We will see how tolerant and enlightened their approach to this problem will be.

Joe Kozak,
Texas, USA

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