Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

SLOVAK WORD OF THE WEEK

Dvere

“IT’S useless asking where the door (dvere) is shut,” former justice minister Lucia Žitňanská said when explaining why she didn’t even consider joining the new right-wing party announced by Radoslav Procházka and chose to join Most–Híd instead. But the quote could serve to illustrate the state of the political right in general.

“IT’S useless asking where the door (dvere) is shut,” former justice minister Lucia Žitňanská said when explaining why she didn’t even consider joining the new right-wing party announced by Radoslav Procházka and chose to join Most–Híd instead. But the quote could serve to illustrate the state of the political right in general.

Procházka is launching another party because he couldn’t get along with his colleagues in the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), and he is also at odds with Daniel Lipšic, who left the KDH just months before Procházka, to start his own NOVA party. Žitňanská left the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) after disagreements with party boss Pavel Frešo. She too, has a strained relationship with Lipšic.

Everyone dislikes Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík, who voted against the cabinet of Iveta Radičová in 2011, which led to the 2012 elections. The People’s Platform, comprised of the SDKÚ, the KDH and Most–Híd, collapsed after the presidential vote, which ended in disaster for their candidate, Pavol Hrušovský. And the list could go on and on.

If there is one lesson to be learned from the presidential elections, it’s that Smer can be beaten. All you need is a credible alternative and a united opposition front. Sadly, there is little reason to hope that the multitude of dwarf parties that currently occupy the right get this point. And until they do, the door to power will remain wide open for Smer.

Top stories

Man who abducted the president’s son speaks out

The testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.

Former SIS director Ivan Lexa

Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký