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Miroslav Lajčák in Discussion with University Students in Nitra

Miroslav Lajčák in Discussion with University Students in Nitra

21.11.2019 | Aktivity ministra

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic delivered a speech today (November 21, 2019), at Faculty of Arts at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. With students of journalism, political science and sociology, he engaged in a debate on the geopolitical challenges that Slovakia and its foreign policy faces today. Before the discussion, the minister delivered his remarks with the title “Slovakia and the European Union in the Multipolar World”.

 

Miroslav Lajčák concluded that, from the geopolitical viewpoint, we are living in a turbulent world today, which, over the past three decades, has undergone a transformation that had been characteristic for the past century in which Europe witnessed two World Wars, the Great Crisis, the Cold War, and also the wave of revolutions at the turn of the nineties. In the period from World War II until the fall of the Iron Curtain, the world order had two main poles, with the domination of the United States of America and the Soviet Union. “It was an era of multilateralism when the world powers agreed on the rules and adhered to them. Today, however, the system has serious cracks,” concluded the chief Slovak diplomat. He stated his belief that the reasons for this lie in various factors, starting with the arrival of new strong players to the global arena, all the way to the ground-breaking fast development of new technologies. Thus today, multilateralism has been turning into multi-polarism, which, according to the chief of Slovak diplomacy, is not a desirable trend. Given this fact, among others, he deems it important that the European Union continues to become stronger and to play an ever more important role. “The EU itself must be a player, otherwise it will become a playground,” added Miroslav Lajčák in this regard. He also urged the students not to be indifferent to the attacks on Slovakia’s membership in the EU and its integrity. “Compared to your parents at your age, you have not only greater freedom today but also greater responsibility. You have the possibility to influence your future. It is also you who have a shared responsibility to shape the future of the EU. Be part of this process,” was the message of Miroslav Lajčák to the students. He also expressed his belief that even though the Union is not perfect, it is the best response to the security, economic and social challenges that the globalized world of today poses.

 

The event at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra was co-organised by the MZVEZ SR and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA).