Is Slovenia a corrupt country? - Response

In response to the articles on corruption in Slovenia the Slovenian received a letter from Jože Ramuta from Geelong in which he expressed a view shared by many Slovenian migrants in Australia. For this reason the body of the letter is published here as a separate post (translated from Slovenian into English).

Thank you for your informative emails which I always read and to which I try not to respond  with my honest opinion as some people might find it offensive. I am one of those migrants from the 60s when it didn't look very likely that the economic and political situation in Slovenia would ever improve. What hurts my heart most is the fact that after 50 years of living abroad, the economic situation in Slovenia has not improved but rather worsened. My 42-year-old son visited Slovenia in 2004 and on return to Australia said that Slovenia could only become a democracy  when those who were in their nappies or weren't even born yet come to power. That was his summary of politics in Slovenia. He is an optimist...

My heart aches when I see this paradise in Europe being destroyed by selfish people who write their own laws. I know they will never forget Janša his activities during the independence process. But Jankovič can still work as the mayor of the beautiful city of Ljubljana. How can somebody in Slovenia where retired people and workers in low paid jobs receive the lowest possible income become a euro millionaire? Here in emigration, nobody can pull wool over our eyes. We can see Slovenia the way it is. When Slovenia seceded from the federation some people commented that it would become the second Switzerland. It could, but not with corrupt politicians and owners of companies that were bought by dishonest means. Slovenia could still become the second Switzerland if corrupt politicians and businesses could be moved south where they belong and replaced by the Swiss.

After 49 years of living in Australia and 50 years since I left Slovenia I am upset as I watch the deterioration of our beautiful Slovenia that I visited nine times and plan to do so again. Now when Slovenia needs as many educated people as possible, there are no jobs available to match their qualifications. They find employment in Europe and elsewhere where they will get married to foreigners and thus our beautiful Slovenian language will slowly disappear. I have one question: Who is responsible for all this?

Is there still time to fix these errors?

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