Slovakia en Chaos in Slovakian Parliament over crucial vote on euro zone crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last country needed to ratify euro bailout fund fiddles while Greece burns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Do you ever wonder why the European Union seems so chaotic? Just check out the farce being played out in the Slovakian capital Bratislava as I write. Slovakia is the last country left in the eurozone to vote on ratifying the EFSF ... the bail out fund that is supposed to guarantee individual members&#39; debts - starting with Greece.</p> <p> The vote was expected to be held earlier today and was, it was thought, a foregone conclusion in favor of creating the fund.&nbsp; But it has been postponed several times ... latest report is it may not be until midnight before anything happens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> constitution EFSF Federalist papers Home Slovakia Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:49:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5677562 at Euro crisis: latest downs and ups <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slovaks reject EFSF delaying its creation; Greece gets next tranche of bail-out money despite grim economic data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>1. Where were we at the time of my last blogpost - yesterday dinner time - oh yes, waiting for Slovakia to reject the creation of a <a href="">European</a> Financial Stabilization Fund to help back-up the euro and for the government to collapse as a result. Well, as predicted the Slovaks, the last of the 17 euro zone countries to vote on it, did precisely that. (The creation of EFSF requires a unanimous vote of all 17 countries).  The government has fallen</p> <p>So it's all over, right?</p> <p>No.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EFSF Greece Ha-Joon Chang Home Iveta Radicova Slovakia Europe United Kingdom Europa Wed, 12 Oct 2011 07:49:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5677642 at In Slovakia, pubic goes public <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware store billboard in Slovakia encouraging “bikini line grooming” enrages local women. Sort of. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Across Eastern Europe, it&rsquo;s hardly shocking to see ads with female nude torsos promoting anything from beer to motor oil.</p> <p> Still, when I was driving through Slovakia recently this billboard struck me.</p> <p> It didn&rsquo;t show breasts, so I knew it wouldn&rsquo;t be an ad for beer. (Every marketer knows beer and breasts go together almost as well as &mdash; say &mdash;&nbsp;stay-at-home moms and toilet bowl cleaning detergent).</p> <p> If not an ad for beer, what could it possibly be selling?</p> <p> I slowed down enough to be able to read it, which is probably what marketers hope one would do, safe-driving concerns aside.</p> <p> And who knew?</p> <p> It turns out this was an ad for a hardware store specializing in landscaping tools.</p> <p> The slogan translates to: &ldquo;Have you been neglecting your front yard lately?&rdquo; Incidentally, the woman displayed on the billboard has a perfectly groomed pubic hair area. Get it? Get it?</p> <p> Local drivers generally didn&rsquo;t seem to find anything surprising about having a bare naked lady advertise landscaping products.</p> <p> What surprised me, however, was the cultural and economic underpinnings of a global trend: we have apparently reached an era when even owners of mom-and-pop hardware stores &mdash; much like porn producers &mdash; prefer their ladies fully shaved. (Trust me, you would be surprised, too, if you ever visited a hardware store in rural Slovakia and met the often hirsute staff.)</p> <p> Upon further research, it turns out that this billboard did manage to enrage many in Slovakia.</p> <p> Not enough to force the hardware store to remove the billboards, mind you, but enough to create a discussion in Slovakia along gender lines: Why all the pressure for women to &ldquo;landscape their front yards,&rdquo; yet little pressure for &ldquo;manscaping?&quot; (And, once again, if you have ever been to a hardware store in rural Slovakia, you can only imagine how unlikely &ldquo;manscaping&ldquo; would be.)</p> <p> But, perhaps, it is only a matter of time when full-body hair removal becomes the norm for Slovak men, as it is becoming for Americans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> hardware store mascaping pubic hair Slovakia Travel/Tourism Europe Offbeat Wanderlust Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:34:59 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5687687 at Freezing weather kills more than 60 in eastern Europe <br /> Temperatures have fallen as low as -33 degrees Celsius in parts of Ukraine, -31 in Bosnia and -30 in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bosnia Bulgaria Romania Serbia Slovakia Ukraine Europe Germany Poland Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:18:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5689708 at Slovakia: 'Chuck Norris' bridge soon to be a reality? <p> The Slovakian public has spoken as if with one voice, and said: &quot;Chuck Norris.&quot;</p> <p> The original tough guy is the frontrunner in an online poll to decide the name of a new bridge over the Morava river between Slovakia and Austria, <a href="">Reuters reported</a>.</p> <p> As of Thursday, Norris had 1,157 votes&nbsp;&ndash; 74 percent of the total&nbsp;&ndash; while his closest competitor, Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa, was trailing with just 8 percent.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Slovakia Travel/Tourism Entertainment Europe Weird Wide Web Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:28:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5693284 at Slovakia votes in early elections with left tipped to win <p> About 300 anti-corruption protesters clashed with police in the capital, Bratislava, on Friday, calling on Slovaks not to vote for any of the established political parties.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> elections Europe Politics Slovakia Elections Europe Politics Sat, 10 Mar 2012 15:57:12 +0000 Luke Browne 5695531 at Leftist party wins Slovakia parliamentary election <p> The weekend&#39;s results mark the first time since Slovakia gained independence in 1993 that a political party has won enough seats to rule without a coalition partner.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> elections Europe Politics Slovakia Elections Europe Politics Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:11:43 +0000 Luke Browne 5695638 at Two children blamed for burning down 14th century Slovak castle <p> A historic 14th castle that was gutted by a fire on Saturday was sparked by two children experimenting with their first cigarette.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Slovakia Europe Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:10:40 +0000 Alexander Besant 5695753 at