Quotes of the week


"I rate Jozef Gajdoš as an unprofessional, unqualified and stupid person."

Marián Andel, Honorary Chairman of the ultra-right Slovak National Party (SNS), evaluating the work of the State Secretary of the Defence Ministry.




"I asked him if he had really said that, and if he had been sober, because a sober person would not say something like that in public."

State Secretary Jozef Gajdoš responding to the insults of Marián Andel.




"Maybe Mr. Mečiar will again form up two battalions and lead them down to the Defence Ministry on Kutuzovová Street."

Vincent Tkáč, spokesman of the Association of Slovak Soldiers, when asked what he thought Mečiar might do to solve the protracted army crisis. Mečiar promised to take "quick and decisive measures."




"I only shook [Russian President Boris] Yeltsin's hand, but in spite of that, people accuse me of leading Slovakia towards the east. Clinton hugged him, even kissed him, but no one even begins to accuse him of something like that."

Slovak Premier Vladimír Mečiar at HZDS party rally in central Slovak town of Žiar nad Hronom




"What crisis? There's no crisis at all."

Slovak Premier Vladimír Mečiar at HZDS party rally in southern Slovak town of Velký Krtíš, commenting on the situation in the Slovak health care sector.




"I would rather be playing hockey or tennis than sitting here with you."

Jozef Golonka, former hockey star for the Czechoslovak national team, expressing his frustration with the crowd which attended a HZDS rall in the western Slovakl town of Nové Mesto nad Váhom. Golonka is a candidate for the HZDS in the coming elections.


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