SLOVAK WORD OF THE WEEK

Voda

YOU would almost think Slovakia was a desert nation. Yet the only droughts the country is suffering from are intellectual.

YOU would almost think Slovakia was a desert nation. Yet the only droughts the country is suffering from are intellectual.

Although long-term statistics show it uses less than a fifth of its water reserves, and the number has a declining tendency, the opposition managed to create the impression that Smer is committing treason, if not outright genocide, by proposing a scheme for water exports. The fact that the proposal actually toughens the current regulation, the state could capitalise on spare resources, and there is no mass market for our water anyway, went largely ignored. And at some point the ruling party realised they stood on the brink of mass hysteria.

So they acted. And just a couple of weeks after amending the constitution to protect traditional (i.e. heterosexual) marriage, and introducing secret-service security checks for judges, PM Robert Fico came with the initiative to change it again - by adding a ban on selling water abroad.

Is it really necessary to mess with the basic law so often? And shouldn’t we try to focus on substance instead of using constitutional changes as PR tools? It seems that amending the basic law has become fashionable. And the thirst for sensible politics will remain unquenched.

Top stories

News digest: Part of Slovakia in the worst possible colour of European Covid map

The Covid vaccine booster will be available for more people starting Monday. Education system reform is about to start.


12 h
Martin Hojsík

Russia, not emission allowances, is to blame for electricity and gas prices

Gazprom is tightening the taps and gas prices are rising, claims MEP Martin Hojsík.


18 h
Illustrative stock photo

Applause for frontline workers replaced with salary freeze

Regional hygienists, nursing homes employees, teachers and soldiers will all be affected.


20. okt
Skryť Close ad