Cover Osteuropa 3/2006

In Osteuropa 3/2006

“Reform Tiger” Slovakia
A Model for Other States?

Karin Bachmann

Deutsche Fassung


Slovakia’s image abroad has undergone rapid transformation in recent years. This young east-central European state, considered “socially unacceptable” by the international community until Slovak voters turned out the Mečiar government in 1998, is today seen as an exemplary model of reform enthusiasm. Above all, the introduction of a uniform tax rate of 19 percent produces admiration. This reform, however, stems from very specific structural preconditions and is threatened by political instability.

(Osteuropa 3/2006, pp. 55–68)