The government is making a big mistake by hiding negative aspects of Slovakia's entry to the EU, according to Robert Fico, leader of the opposition party Smer.
He said: "It is a big mistake, because the shock that will come on entry to the union will mean big difficulties, and make fertile ground for nationalism and extremism in Slovakia."
He also said that in the event of a low turnout in the referendum - below the 50 percent required by the constitution - the government should find a political solution to the problem, and that he did not want to see political instability before possible entry to the EU.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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5. May 2003 at 10:23