01 January 1993
Establishment of an independent Slovak Republic
The coexistence of Slovaks and Czechs had been a pressing issue when democracy arrived. Disputes centred on the president, the name of the country and the Slovak Language Act. All potential constitutional solutions were considered: from centralised united state, various forms of federation and two separate states. Everybody referred to the historical tradition, contemporary examples and the solution’s durability. Politicians found that splitting the joint country was the only solution.