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“My experience from many years in politics is that if you do not speak the truth, sooner or later the truth will come out. And the later it comes out, the higher is the pressure on the one who concealed it.” Former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar - an unlikely convert to the cause of honesty in politics - calls on the current prime minister, Robert Fico, to reveal details of the disputed CO2 emissions quotas sales contract.

“My experience from many years in politics is that if you do not speak the truth, sooner or later the truth will come out. And the later it comes out, the higher is the pressure on the one who concealed it.”
Former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar - an unlikely convert to the cause of honesty in politics - calls on the current prime minister, Robert Fico, to reveal details of the disputed CO2 emissions quotas sales contract.

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Demonstration in Prague, Wenceslas' Square, on February 28, 1948.