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Merkel’s re-election good news for Slovak politicians
24 Sep 2013 Flash News
SLOVAK politicians view the re-election of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a positive light.
Slovakia needs to position itself for cooperation with two strong European countries: France and Germany, said Prime Minister and Smer chairman Robert Fico.
“What happened in Germany represents a precondition for great stability and economic growth in Europe,” Fico told the TASR newswire.
Slovakia’s centre-right politicians are similarly positive about the result of Germany’s general elections.
“It's plain to see that Germany won't be raising taxes, so the strongest European economy will thus continue to act as a driving force behind the growth of the EU,” said Ivan Štefanec, the deputy chair of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), as quoted by TASR. The result of the German election is also good news for the stability of the euro and gives Germany a strong mandate to implement the reforms needed to boost economic growth, Štefanec believes.
“German voters encouraged and inspired all other European countries yesterday,” he said.
Known eurosceptic, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík, who was invited by two rightist parties (Free Democrats and Alternative for Germany) to take part in their campaigns, believes that Merkel's election victory inspires hope that the “healthy foundations of the EU won't be disturbed by ill-advised unitarism (the European super state) – for which neither political nor economic and cultural conditions exist”, TASR wrote.
“The situation within the eurozone is complicated, and some counterbalance must exist against forces that, instead of carrying out comprehensive reforms, rather attempt to cover high state debts with pan-European collaterals,” said Sulík, as quoted by TASR.
The success of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Germany is likely to help other EU countries with their own reform efforts to cut down on government spending and debt, according to Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) vice-chair Miloš Moravčík.
“Also important for Slovakia is the stance of Angela Merkel on the European bailout, as she promotes its use only under strict rules and attempts to protect responsible countries from potential losses,” he stressed, as quoted by TASR.
The German election results have confirmed the course set by Merkel, according to Most-Híd vice-chair, MP Ivan Švejna.
“I expect Germany to adopt a little sterner course of action now and demand that other countries act responsibly,” Švejna told TASR, adding that softening the rules for EU countries is unlikely now.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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