- As one Slovak guy told me then: "We've never had a king or a president of our own."
- A large part of the Slovak population was much more left-wing oriented than Czech in 1992 as it is obvious from the chart below:
"The tax burdens in Czech and Slovakia are very different. Their overall tax income to GDP ratios were almost the same until 2001 but thereafter economic reforms in Slovakia brought its ratio as well as the actual tax burden down sharply. The gap in the tax burdens between the two countries increased to 6 p.p. of GDP by 2006 and has remained at that level since, with the ratio on both sides creeping up in recent years. Looking at the tax structures, the Czech system captures more than does Slovakia’s in all major components (direct taxes, indirect taxes, social contributions). Lower taxation in Slovakia is likely to support economic activity in line with economic theories, although direct evidence of that factor is difficult to trace."
If Scotland choses independence, will she go the same path as Slovakia?