"We are doing our utmost to return as much stolen property as possible to our common coffers, and we will fight customs and tax evasion."
-Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda
"Today's government is looking for hidden reserves only in the pockets of citizens, and this is happening in the face of the pre-election promise of the most responsible party [the reformed communist SDĽ party] - 'A better life for honest people.'"
-Eva Slavkovská, a deputy for the nationalist opposition SNS
"You are hading out property to foreigners instead of among Slovaks. The list of 'sins' you compiled about the former government was incomplete - your definition of theft should include also your own ideological leaders."
-Ján Cuper, legal expert of the opposition HZDS
"Madame Minister, it is inappropriate to sit in parliament with gum in your mouth."
- Former Finance Minister Miroslav Maxon to current Finance Minister Brigita Schmögnerová
"Your only capability was that you were capable of anything."
- Deputy Prime Minister for Economy Ivan Mikloš responding to hecklers from the opposition HZDS, which governed Slovakia from 1994 to 1998
29. Mar 1999 at 0:00 | Tom Nicholson