Barbs traded in Slovak parliament after debate on MEP Szegedi’s statements

Slovakia’s parliament witnessed a highly excited debate on March 10, fuelled by high passions and vulgarity, which was provoked by the suggestion of the Slovak National Party (SNS) to adopt a resolution condemning statements by Hungarian MEP Csanad Szegedi in the European Parliament about Slovakia, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia’s parliament witnessed a highly excited debate on March 10, fuelled by high passions and vulgarity, which was provoked by the suggestion of the Slovak National Party (SNS) to adopt a resolution condemning statements by Hungarian MEP Csanad Szegedi in the European Parliament about Slovakia, the SITA newswire reported.

The SNS proposed the initiative after Szegedi reportedly said in the European Parliament that Slovaks are a people who do not deserve to have their own state; he further suggested recognising Hungarian as the second state language; and re-opening the Beneš Decrees. SNS said to the SITA newswire that it was important for the Slovak parliament to respond.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) responded with a proposal for obligatory psychological tests for candidates for the Slovak parliament following the heated discussion of Szegedi's statements. In the extremely emotional debate, Ján Slota, the head of SNS, called independent deputy Frantisek Mikloško an ugly and disgusting devil's son.

“We will forgive you, because we see you as a mentally retarded person,” stated Slota. Mikloško pointed out that the project of a mega-casino that may be built on the outskirts of Bratislava and that is supported by the SNS is financed by a Hungarian financial mogul. The SNS leader countered that Hungary finds itself at the crossroads between a nationalist and democratic path, with the nationalist one winning at the moment.

Slota objected to what he called an ethnic superiority argument inherent in Szegedi's words. The beginning of the SNS-drafted parliamentary resolution states: “The Slovak Parliament expresses serious concern about the anti-Slovak, chauvinistic statements of European Parliament Member Csanad Szegedi about the Slovak Republic. Parliament objects to statements launched against the sovereignty of the Slovak Republic…” SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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