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Germans in Slovakia: Defense is a new pillar of bilateral cooperation

Interview with the German Ambassador to Slovakia, Germany’s Importance in the Slovak Economy, Aluminum Recycling at Automakers, Joint Exhibition of Historical Maps, etc.

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In July 2022, a Slovak audience announced a business focus on cooperation between Germany and Slovakia. Here’s an overview of the story from the focus issue:

German soldiers hesitant about how Slovaks receive them

Germany was the first NATO ally to confirm that it was ready to send troops to Slovakia shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since then, the German army and Patriot air defense system have arrived in the country.


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German Ambassador Barbara Wolf said in an interview with a Slovak audience that defense and security have become an important pillar of bilateral cooperation between Slovakia and Germany, which was previously dominated by business and the economy. Stated.

She also raised concerns about the arrival of troops and shared views on what Germany and Slovakia could do to limit Russia’s reliance on raw materials.


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Logistics chains disrupted by the war in Ukraine bring new opportunities to Slovakia

Slovakia remains an attractive place for German investment, but Slovak companies consider Germany to be their most important trading partner.

German-owned companies continue to contribute the most to the Slovak budget with income and payroll taxes, which account for 25% of state budget revenue, based on the annual TAXparency report of tax and audit advisory firm BMB Partners.

“This shows how important the Slovak economy is interrelated with the German economy,” said BMB partner Judita Kuhtová when he introduced the report last November.

The country is also one of the most important investors in Slovakia. Volkswagen Automobile Company is the largest private employer in Slovakia, with 11,500 employees and a total investment of 4.7 billion euros, with German capital operating in Slovakia and employing approximately 139,000 people. It is one of the companies.


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Closed recycling loop reduces raw material and energy requirements

At Slovakia’s largest automotive plant, stamping presses cut and model the sides and roofs of future SUVs from high-quality aluminum sheets, where the offcuts are sent to suppliers where new sheets are manufactured.

Volkswagen Slovakia saves valuable primary raw materials and the car enters the stage of ease of use with better environmental balance.

The Aluminum Closed Loop Project, launched in Bratislava in 2021, is an example of a real circular economy, reducing the production of energy-intensive primary aluminum.


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The exhibition highlights the history of the Donau River as the boundary between the Habsburg and Ottoman worlds.

Once upon a time, the Donau River flowed into the inner delta around the Slovak capital, forming the boundary between the two worlds, west and east. It was also a scene of a bloody battle to rule the center of Europe.

“During the war of the Ottoman Empire, the Donau River became a bloody border area dotted with important fortresses. From 1699/1718, the Habsburg and Ottoman rivers” Christianity “and” Islam “. There was the Donau River. This created a lasting political and cultural rift, which was always pervasive, “explained Dennis Harborland. Harborland is the curator of the Slovak National Museum (SNG) collection of architecture, applied arts and design, and co-sponsor of the current exhibition “Map of the Donau River, Fluid Area” in Bratislava.


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