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Closing the door to extremism EDITORIAL SOME right-wing extremists, once making it into office on the wave of people’s frustration, at least pretend to be working towards more than their petty agenda. Marian Kotleba does not even bother. 21 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Šibať IT’S time to suffer. Not only because Easter with its traditional whipping (šibačka) has arrived, but also because the presidential elections are over. Before the vote, Smer had to play nice, but now they can again show their real and perceived enemies that they are in charge. 16 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Justifying injustice EDITORIAL LESS than a week after it became clear that Robert Fico will not yet be able to add the presidency to his collection of personal political powers, the ruling Smer party nominated five candidates without any previous experience in constitutional law for 12-year terms with the country’s Constitutional Court, while overlooking experts with extensive international working backgrounds. Those who even for a millisecond believed that Fico, the failed presidential candidate, actually meant his comment that he was losing patience with the troubled judiciary and that his promises on cleaning up the sector were genuine, were terribly wrong. 14 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Dvere Slovak Word of the Week “IT’S useless asking where the door (dvere) is shut,” former justice minister Lucia Žitňanská said when explaining why she didn’t even consider joining the new right-wing party announced by Radoslav Procházka and chose to join Most–Híd instead. But the quote could serve to illustrate the state of the political right in general. 10 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
A change of direction EDITORIAL LITTLE did Robert Fico know last December that when he invited foreign diplomats and state officials to the historical building of the Slovak parliament to ceremonially announce his presidential bid that he was heading towards his worst political defeat in at least a decade. 7 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Rada Slovak Word of the Week HERE’S a little rada (advice) for the members of the Judicial ‘rada’ (council). Stop, before it’s too late. The presidential elections may have received the most attention, but the upcoming elections of the new head of the Supreme Court may be just as significant. The selection of Štefan Harabin five years ago proved just as disastrous as expected - the former justice minister with unexplained ties with a Kosovar drug lord manipulated proceedings and permanently intimidated his perceived enemies within the judiciary. 3 Apr 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Fico’s presidential Waterloo PRIME MINISTER Robert Fico will have to swallow a bitter political pill in the next few days after he saw his presidential dream vanquished by a man he had aggressively targeted as a greenhorn and an usurer, and accused of being a Scientologist. Fico was hoping his ruling Smer party could control all the key political posts in the country. Instead he was defeated by a man without any previous political experience. 30 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Andrej Kiska Slovak Word of the Week INTERESTED in the results of the Slovak presidential elections? Here’s a little Q&A to help you understand what’s actually going on. 30 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
On the Antichrist, greenhorns and Fico EDITORIAL “IF THE ANTICHRIST entered the second round, the right-wing would support him,” said presidential candidate Robert Fico shortly after he learned that it is actually philanthropist Andrej Kiska who might prevent him from moving from the prime minister’s office to the presidential palace when the presidential election’s second round takes place on March 29. If the voters are to believe everything that Fico has said about Kiska since he reloaded his campaign, they might actually get the impression that Fico’s challenger really is the devil. 24 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Scientológia Slovak Word of the Week SLOVAKIA has huge unemployment and a broken judiciary, tens of thousands of its Roma live in medieval conditions and its biggest neighbour is close to war. And what’s the main topic of the presidential elections? Scientology. 20 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Šúchať nohami Slovak Word of the Week “I WILL just shuffle my feet (šúchať nohami) and wait for the results,” was the phrase Prime Minister Robert Fico kept repeating before the first round of the presidential elections. Well, it seems his heel injury has taken its toll, as the shuffling just wasn’t enough. The meagre 28 percent he received must be a bitter disappointment for the PM, who never went below 35 percent in recent polls and whose Smer party received 45 percent in the 2012 parliamentary elections. 17 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The winds of change? Editorial ROBERT Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister burning with presidential ambitions, was quieter than usual on March 15. Though Fico won the first round, there was no jolly crowd to hoist the Smer leader on their shoulders as they did at party headquarters in 2012 – when Fico returned as prime minister after a landslide general election victory. 16 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The last laugh EDITORIAL “THERE WAS a woman who liked men and once she had three lovers at her apartment at the same time when her husband came home unexpectedly much sooner than usual,” starts the joke that presidential candidate Robert Fico chose to entertain Slovak ladies in Senica on the occasion of International Women’s Day. 10 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Pozývací list Slovak Word of the Week WHEN Vasil Biľak passed away on February 6, no one could have suspected that just a month later history would repeat itself and someone else would get the idea to address an invitation letter (pozývací list) to the Kremlin. 6 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
A Nordic Visegrad? THE SCANDINAVIANS smile for two reasons. The first is they are flattered by the recognition shown to them by others. The second is the assumption that others, in the “new” Europe, need a long time to reach their level of prosperity, if ever. 3 Mar 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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“We discussed it with them, they changed their minds and returned back.” Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák commenting on how Slovakia dealt with the first four Ukrainians who applied for asylum.