Damming the Danube: Gabcikovo and Post-Communist Politics in Europe

Damming the Danube: Gabcikovo and Post-Communist Politics in Europe

Damming the Danube: Gabcikovo and Post-Communist Politics in Europe

Damming the Danube: Gabcikovo and Post-Communist Politics in Europe

Synopsis

The conflict between Hungary and Slovakia over the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros dam system on the Danube is a potentially explosive threat to regional stability along this key economic artery between the North Sea and the Black Sea. Emblematic of the difficulties in establishing a post-communist regional order, this bitter battle between material economic values and post-materialist environmental and cultural values threatens to resurrect nationalist resentments buried by forty years of communism. Based on a wealth of primary research, this balanced book considers the broad political, economic, social, legal, and environmental implications of the dam project- not just for Hungary and Slovakia, but for Europe as a whole. Viewing the controversy from the contending perspectives of all the key players, the author explores the role of outside mediation efforts and the resulting implications for regional security and cooperation.
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