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Former PM Dzurinda: Fico to blame for 13-point slump in Slovakia’s GDP growth rate

Prime Minister Robert Fico’s policies are beyond any doubt to blame for a 13-percentage point fall in Slovakia's GDP growth rate in just two years, said opposition leader and former prime minster Mikuláš Dzurinda on Wednesday, May 13.

Prime Minister Robert Fico’s policies are beyond any doubt to blame for a 13-percentage point fall in Slovakia's GDP growth rate in just two years, said opposition leader and former prime minster Mikuláš Dzurinda on Wednesday, May 13.

Dzurinda was referring to the fact that Slovakia recorded 10.4-percent growth in GDP in 2007, while the European Commission forecasts that the figure will slide to minus 2.6 percent this year. The head of the leading opposition party added that Fico prefers to focus on “labelling and disparaging the opposition” instead of tackling problems.

According to the former premier, Fico’s methods have resulted in Slovakia’s GDP-growth slowdown being double the size of Hungary’s and the Czech Republic’s, for example. Foreign investments have also been severely affected, the TASR wrote. While in 2007, Slovakia topped the list of V4 countries in this respect, it’s now at the very bottom, Dzurinda noted.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party chairman also remarked that although all opposition parties have tried to lend a hand to the governing coalition in handling a crisis that affects everybody regardless of party affiliation, Fico has turned their proposals down every time in an “arrogant” manner. That’s why Fico must take full responsibility for the current situation and further developments, Dzurinda stressed. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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