Yes, the ""It was due to the "anti-Czech" votes by> some German and
Austrian conservatives."" reflects the political power of the Germans
driven out of the former Sudetenland. They are quite powerful
political factions in those countries, and seem to be continuing teh
power on into the next generation.
Happily this is a Slovak list so we can avoid the topic! Emotions are
still quite high. I believe Thomas Reimer contributes to this list
and has a website on the topic at http://www.geocities.com/ycrtmr/
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
, "Martin Votruba" <votrubam@...>
> Conversely, the Germans get better ratings from the Slovaks than
from> the Czechs, but there are no truly comparative polls. There's
some> higher antagonism to the Czechs among some Germans, too.
> Interestingly, it translated to the vote by the older members of the
> European Union when Slovakia, the Czech R., and others were joining
> it. The Czech R. got the most votes against it of all the joining
> members, Slovakia the fewest. It was due to the "anti-Czech" votes by
> some German and Austrian conservatives.
> votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu