The Coalition will perhaps wait for the Opposition's decision to support ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, Prime Minister Robert Fico hinted on January 29, speaking in Parliament. He repeated his words from Monday, 28, that what the Opposition is doing is nothing short of "basement racketeering", and that the Government will never yield to it. "Eighty MPs representing the governing Coalition are ready to vote whenever the Opposition realizes that they have to do so one way or the other," Fico said to close his speech.
His predecessor PM, now opposition SDKÚ chairman Mikulas Dzurinda, accused him of lying. "It's not the Treaty of Lisbon that's under threat. We can return to it at anytime. What's threatened is democracy in Slovakia," Dzurinda told Fico. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Jan 2008 at 7:00