At their meeting on May 6, the opposition SDKÚ-DS and the KDH agreed on closer cooperation without their traditional partner, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), the SITA newswire wrote.
SKDÚ-DS leader Mikuláš Dzurinda and KDH leader Pavol Hrušovský contend that the SMK decided to cooperate "in cold blood and freely" with the ruling coalition. The two parties reject the idea of a political merger, saying they want to preserve differences in their programmes and they describe themselves as an alternative to the "leftist-populist government of Prime Minister Robert Fico". The two opposition parties will cooperate without any written declaration.
This closer cooperation should work before and after the elections in 2010. They did not debate the question of which parties they could imagine as future ruling coalition partners. They are not trying to create a shadow government, either. As Dzurinda explained, doing so would prevent new faces from entering politics.
By the end of this year, teams of experts will be set up to seek solutions to four problematic areas that this government allegedly ignores – health care, the fight against crime, the knowledge-based economy and bridging of regional differences. The SDKÚ-DS and the KDH want to deal with these matters and want to beat the current ruling coalition parties in offering solutions to the problems in these areas. SITA
b>Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. May 2008 at 19:00