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Ivan Miklos: Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia

 

Big block of information about Miklos and his visit to accept an honorary degree at Alma's Convocation and his rise from a position in an economic think tank to Deputy Prime Minister.

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Question 1: Could you tell us a little bit about how you moved into the positions of power and authority? audio speaker
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Question 2: What is your perspective on the changes Eastern Europe as the result of transition, transformation, or perhaps the Velvet Revolution? audio speaker
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Question 3: The previous Slovak Government seemed to be of two minds about joining the European Union or NATO. What has changed since in terms of general perception and popular opinion? audio speaker
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Question 4: Part of the reason for the split of Czechoslovakia was economic. Were people of Slovakia at the time supporting the government and is there support for economic reforms? audio speaker
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Question 5: Could you give us some sense of what it means to privatize the economy: everything from industry to agriculture at the same time? audio speaker
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Question 6: Exactly what do you do to accomplish the reform and the funding and attract international attention to the situation in Slovakia? audio speaker
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Question 7: From a political point of view, it must be relatively difficult to coordinate policy when the ruling coalition is very diverse in its political, ideological and ethnic make-up. Is it working and how does it work? audio speaker
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Question 8: How does your government propose to solve some of the problems and demands of the ethnic minorities and wouldn't administrative decentralization create additional problems in this area? audio speaker
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Question 9: You mentioned the eagerness of Slovakia to get integrated into mostly European or Western structures. Where does Russia fit into contemporary Slovak politics? audio speaker
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Question 10: Sometimes architects of economic reforms are hailed as heroes by Western economies but come under a lot of criticism in their own country. You are in a similar position. What do you sense is the public attitude toward the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economics? audio speaker
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Question 11: What is your average day or week like as someone on the forefront of your country's policy making? audio speaker
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Question 12: What is your impression of the United States? Is this a point of reference for people of Slovakia? audio speaker
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Question 13: What would you think the American people and American students should know about Slovakia if you were to give them a short presentation on the topic? audio speaker
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