The Slovakian economy is booming. The EU member has become a flagship for international automakers. Billions of euros in aid from Brussels provided the fuel for the upswing. But the EU money didn't filter through as far as it was intended to.
An EU crisis delegation has just returned from Slovakia. The ensuing European Parliament debate about the situation clearly highlighted the weaknesses plaguing European policy making.
At first glance, it would appear the protests over the murder of a journalist and his fiancee have triggered a political earthquake in Slovakia. But the country is still a long way from major change, says Keno Verseck.
After Jan Kuciak's assassination, hundreds of thousands of Slovaks have demonstrated against corruption and abuse of power. Keno Verseck believes that foreign countries should pay close attention.
The jobless rate in Germany declined to a new all-time low in February, underscoring the strength of the country's labor market that is fueling a consumption-led upswing in Europe's biggest economy.
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