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Apparent thaw between opposition parties

The leaders of two opposition parties, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), broke a long silence by unexpectedly meeting on October 29.

The leaders of two opposition parties, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), broke a long silence by unexpectedly meeting on October 29.

They agreed to jointly organise celebrations of the official beginning of the collapse of Communism on November 17, 1989; they will also discuss the SDKÚ’s plan to protect against the impact of the global financial crisis.

SDKÚ and Christian Democrat (KDH) leaders have not officially met their SMK counterparts since SMK deputies voted with governing coalition parties to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. In doing so, the SMK undermined the opposition's strategy of using ratification of the treaty as a lever to force the ruling coalition to compromise on the controversial new Press Code.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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