Eric van der Linden, head of the European Commission delegation in Bratislava, has said that if former Slovak PM Vladimír Mečiar returns to power after September elections, Slovakia will not be invited to join the EU.
Noting that diplomats with Nato have been saying for months that Slovakia will not be invited to join the Alliance with the autocratic Mečiar in power, van der Linden told the APA press agency “in the European Union we are more gentle, but we don’t want Mečiar either”.
Van der Linden said that with 70 per cent of Slovaks in favour of joining the EU – the highest level of any candidate country - citizens had to vote in September in line with the country’s integration aims.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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26. Jun 2002 at 13:44