Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Smer becomes full member of Party of European Socialists

Slovakia's largest governing party, Smer, has become a full member of the Party of European Socialists (PES), one of the largest factions in the European Parliament, after PES members voted overwhelmingly to admit the party on Tuesday, December 8, Smer spokeswoman Katarína Kližanová-Rýsová said.

Slovakia's largest governing party, Smer, has become a full member of the Party of European Socialists (PES), one of the largest factions in the European Parliament, after PES members voted overwhelmingly to admit the party on Tuesday, December 8, Smer spokeswoman Katarína Kližanová-Rýsová said.

PES suspended Smer’s membership in October 2006 after it agreed to enter a governing coalition with the right-wing Slovak National Party (SNS). The head of the European socialists, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, said PES had acted in line with the Berlin Declaration of 2001 that specified that member parties should not associate or work with political parties that incite racial hatred or ethnic prejudice, of which the SNS was deemed to be guilty. Smer’s readmission to PES comes despite its continued coalition with the SNS.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Babiš: I am not a crook, read the story of Chirac or Berlusconi

Despite a mounting list of scandals Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ex-finance minister of Slovak origin, and his ANO party remain the frontrunners in the Czech Republic’s October 20-21 general election.

Andrej Babiš

British PM: We are not treating EU nationals as bargaining chips

Open letter of Theresa May to EU citizens in the UK.

Theresa May

Sentenced!

It is definitely good news that at least one emblematic scandal did not end in vain.

Minister Igor Štefanov was sacked over a scandal.

Do you want a Sagan for your Lego collection? Photo

The post is very popular on Facebook.

Peter Sagan