24th August 2017
In the latest in our Summer series of blogposts from our junior staff, Milos Pietor, Account Executive, writes about the latest Slovak government crisis.
The Slovak governing coalition is under pressure from the media following the announcement earlier this month by the ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko that it would withdraw from the government. Mr Danko is now calling for a new agreement and changes in relations between the ruling parties.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called the move “absurd” and wants to meet with the coalition partners on a regular basis to discuss potential solutions to end the crisis. It is not clear whether this dispute threatens the government’s existence. The coalition is made up of Fico’s leftist Smer-Social Democracy party, the SNS, and a party of ethnic Hungarians.
The SNS’s withdrawal from the coalition can be understood as a reaction to the EU funds scandal that is directly connected to the party and its Minister of Education, Peter Plavčan, whom Fico wanted to be replaced as soon as possible.
On 23 August Danko said that many SNS members want the party to leave the government, and early elections are now possible, as happened in 2012 to the right-wing/centrist government under the leadership of former MEP, Iveta Radičová.
This is bringing significant instability to the government, which is already being accused of corruption. Rallies were taking place as early as 5th June, demanding the resignation of the Interior Minister over his ties with a developer under investigation for tax fraud. Many rallies have already been scheduled on September and November.
A new government under the leadership of the current right-wing opposition could bring significant changes to the business environment, given its pro-industry stance.
The situation in 2012 after the fall of the government led to chaos, which in turn was one of the main reasons for the current government’s landslide.
The next coalition meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 25th August, during which the parties will decide on the future of their government, and that of the country.
The above represents the view of the author and not necessarily that of Grayling.
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