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SLOVAK WORD OF THE WEEK

Sasanka

THE NUMBER of animals active in Slovak politics is increasing dramatically. Here is a brief overview:Sasanka (anemone) – codename for anonymous files released on the internet, which contain text messages between then-speaker of parliament Richard Sulík and Marián Kočner, a controversial entrepreneur with his own entry in the notorious “mafia lists” leaked from the police. The two men discuss mainly the election of the general prosecutor. The underwater creature has not yet managed to drown Sulík, but, to cite a Slovak proverb, he must already feel water pouring into his shoes.

THE NUMBER of animals active in Slovak politics is increasing dramatically. Here is a brief overview:
Sasanka (anemone) – codename for anonymous files released on the internet, which contain text messages between then-speaker of parliament Richard Sulík and Marián Kočner, a controversial entrepreneur with his own entry in the notorious “mafia lists” leaked from the police. The two men discuss mainly the election of the general prosecutor. The underwater creature has not yet managed to drown Sulík, but, to cite a Slovak proverb, he must already feel water pouring into his shoes.

Gorila (gorilla) – another set of anonymous files, this time discussing high-level corruption. It seems more and more likely that the document is accurate, which means that Slovak politics is much more dysfunctional than most citizens ever imagined. It is thanks to the Gorilla that Slovakia may stand on the brink of a “banana revolution”.

Tublat – Tarzan’s ape-father gave his name to Tublatanka (the second half of the name coming from Morvanka, Lanžhotčanka, Prievidzanka and other folk ensembles). The legendary Slovak rock group of the same name has decided to campaign for the nationalist SNS. If the party fails to make it into parliament, the political scene will be free of one of its most extremist forces. If the SNS succeeds, Robert Fico can again take it into coalition, and even hope to have enough votes to meddle with the constitution.

Whatever happens in this particular case, it seems it is high time for Tarzan to come and give us all a lesson in jungle survival.

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