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Fico says he will discuss European bailout fund with political leaders himself

Slovak opposition leader and Smer party chairman Robert Fico wants to hold talks with the largest political parties and ask their leaders for their opinions on the proposed increase in contributions to the eurozone’s bailout fund, Fico said after a meeting with Prime Minister Iveta Radičová on Tuesday, August 16.

Slovak opposition leader and Smer party chairman Robert Fico wants to hold talks with the largest political parties and ask their leaders for their opinions on the proposed increase in contributions to the eurozone’s bailout fund, Fico said after a meeting with Prime Minister Iveta Radičová on Tuesday, August 16.

According to Fico, Radičová doesn't know how many MPs currently support the proposal concerning the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and its successor, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). "Iveta Radičová is not able to guarantee anything at all," Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He said that the vote on the European bailout fund is the most important political decision facing Slovakia since its formation in 1993, but said he would nevertheless support the bailout plan only if the coalition secures majority support from MPs. Fico also wants to take action against political parties that won't vote in favour of the proposal, referring to the opposition SNS (Slovak National Party) and coalition party SaS (Freedom and Solidarity). He said that his invitations to political talks to representatives of other parties are likely to be drafted on Wednesday (August 17) or Thursday (August 18).

Coalition parties Most-Híd and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) did not rule out negotiations with Fico about support for the bailout, the Sme daily wrote on August 17, but SaS MP Jozef Kollár said they should not negotiate with Fico because it is not the Smer boss but Radičová who heads the government. The fourth coalition party, Radičová’s Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), did not officially comment, according to Sme.

Sources: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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