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Mikloš warns of Smer-SNS-HZDS coalition risk

FINANCE Minister Ivan Mikloš, the deputy chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), has warned that polls indicate that a government between the populist social-democratic Smer, the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) could be formed after parliamentary elections on June 17.

Such a coalition would be very similar to the one that ruled Slovakia between 1994 and 1998 - comprising the HZDS, the SNS and the Association of Slovak Workers (ZRS) - and could lead Slovakia into isolation, as it would be unacceptable to the international community, he said.

Mikloš also said that the coalition would endanger Slovakia's entry to the eurozone, planned for 2009, and would increase ethnic tensions in the country.

As an alternative, he proposed a government dominated by a centre-right bloc that includes the SDKÚ, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). This bloc was the core of the outgoing Dzurinda administration.

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