Confusion arises over Fico’s religious background

A STRICT Catholic education, including the participation in sacraments, with priests and nuns among his relatives, was what Robert Fico, who is running as the presidential candidate of his Smer party, chose to stress about his childhood in a promotional video interview with his party colleague, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

A STRICT Catholic education, including the participation in sacraments, with priests and nuns among his relatives, was what Robert Fico, who is running as the presidential candidate of his Smer party, chose to stress about his childhood in a promotional video interview with his party colleague, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič.

In the video, Fico said he considered himself a Catholic, and with regard to his Catholic background, even some of the members of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would not stand a chance when compared to him.

These statements stand in contrast to Fico’s application for membership in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, a document dating back to the1980s, which the Sme daily obtained from Prague-based archives and published in its January 18 issue.

In it, Fico, who at that time worked at the Comenius University’s law school, from which he earlier graduated, described himself as a rigid atheist. He wrote in his CV, which was part of the application, that he holds a strictly atheist view, Sme wrote.

Fico did not mention his Communist Party membership in the promotional video, nor is it mentioned on the Government Office website.

Fico declined to comment for Sme about his application to the Communist Party, since he refuses to communicate with the daily until it apologises for what he calls lies they published about him in the past. Fico however addressed the issue on January 18 at the private Markiza TV channel. He said that he was only describing facts from his childhood, adding that he has never denied his membership in the Communist party.

Source: Sme

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

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Opposition fails to recall Education Minister Lubyová

The reason was the dubious distribution of the state's stimuli for science and research.

Education Minister Martina Lubyová (SNS nominee)

Brexit: Fulfilling the wishes of the dead

It is supposed to be honourable to respect the last wishes of the deceased. But is it also reasonable to sacrifice the life perspectives of those remaining?

Foreigners in Slovakia promote the ice hockey world championship

In videos, they tell fans from abroad that Slovakia has much to offer.

Mascot of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia, bear Macejko.

Caregiver Dušan, a breadwinning father working in Austria, will earn €6,000 less this year

The Austrian government has cut down child benefits for Slovak parents working in Austria if their children live in Slovakia. The European Commission regards the measure to be discriminatory.

The Valach family