The Slavic And Slavic Cultures Essay

751 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Most Slavic nations were, in the past, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Slavic roots influenced the behavior of the Slavic entities strongly and contributed substantially to the empire’s collapse. Further, some concepts of the Slavic common ground such as pan-Slavism were persistent in the Empire, although they disappeared partially with changes in the international community. As such, the German and Latin dominance of the European Union began fading with the expansion to accommodate other nations. Udovič argues that the importance of the Slavic component will continue to surge. Udovič focused on the practices of diplomacy among the Slavic entities of the EU regarding their Slavic consciousness. According to this author, the Slavic component is not a critical part of Slovakia’s foreign policy, but is an important element in cultural affairs. Slovakia designs its foreign policy to accomplish its interests within the culturally and spatially close nations. Udovič’s analysis confirms that Slovakia’s foreign policy as well as that of the other Slavic nations, omits the cultural similarities, thus weakening its negotiating position in the EU. Nevertheless, this mirrors the country 's openness to diversity and underlies its incentive economy to foreign investment: an important development strategy for the state.
The neglect and marginalization of the Roma (Gypsies) in the central and east European nations are a salient political issue in Slovakia. With an escalating…

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