Several MEPs informed the Hospodárske noviny economic daily on February 5 that the Party of European Socialists (PES) will reinstate Slovakia’s Smer party on February 14, 18 months after it was suspended for including the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS) in its coalition.
According to the daily, Prime Minister Robert Fico will have an informal meeting with PES Euro-deputy Hannes Swoboda on February 5. PES spokesperson Julian Scola confirmed that Smer’s image had improved in the eyes of the PES.
Swoboda recently praised Smer for fulfilling its social duties, pursuing a social democratic policy and achieving good economic results. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Feb 2008 at 15:00