The Healing Power of Storytelling

A different method of fighting corruption

6 March 2019

Ever since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Slovakia has been busy fighting corruption. Although the country has made impressive progress, corruption is still seen as a big problem.

Despite all the effort which has been made over past three decades, corruption stubbornly persists.

The murder of Jan Kuciak is a tell-tale sign that something is not quite right. Why? In the search of answers, we need to plunge into the shadows of this hard-tried nation. Its turbulent past caused some deep – but invisible – wounds that have not healed yet and that manifest on the surface as corruption. At the root of it all is a chronically bad reputation of the state and dispirited population.

Protesters marching through the streets of Bratislava

Slovakia did not have the luxury of growing into democracy. It was imported in the great rush of post-1989 liberalisation.

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Gabriela Bereghazyova

Published Author, Scholar and Corruption Expert, with a specialisation in CEE mindsets, Dr. Bereghazyova is actively engaged in and spearheads initiatives that seek to strengthen the civic society in CEE. She is also a co-director at Global Slovakia, a Slovak-based NGO dedicated to spotlighting Central Europe’s potential on an the international stage.

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