Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Kiska and Fico unable to find common ground

Kiska, Fico, and Danko failed to sign a joint declaration. Kiska stresses while their desire for peace is the same, their solutions to the current political crisis are different.

Kiska, Danko, Fico met on March 9, but failed to sign a joint declaration. (Source: Sme)

Three top constitutional officials, President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, and Parliament Speaker Andrej Danko, met on March 9 to discuss the political crisis Slovakia is going through. They were expected to sign a joint declaration, which states among other provisions that they will not resort to forming conspiracy theories.

In the end, however, they failed to sign the declaration together, but they have agreed on a joint statement that Danko gave on behalf of all three of them.

“We wish for peace to be preserved in society and we, three constitutional officials, will do everything that our competencies allow us to so we can prevent the events of the past days from being abused,” Danko said.

Following the meeting, Kiska repeated there are only two options: government restructuring or early elections. As president, he is obliged to make sure constitutional bodies work properly. That is why he started talks with political parties about their ideas on the solutions.

The president explained that the declaration that his office drafted was not acknowledged by Fico and Danko, who came with their own, very different document.

“I am very sorry as I am sure it would have been an important calming signal,” Kiska said, adding that he still believes Slovak society is able to handle the situation peacefully and freely.

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

Youngest Slovak village is a "communist dream come true” Photo

Dedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum.

Dedina Mládeže

Revitalised industrial building offers work, entertainment and housing

Mlynica is an excellent example of successful conversion of unused industrial building.

Mlynica

What are the reasons behind low wages in Slovakia?

The average wage costs per Slovak employee accounts for only 44 percent of the EU average.

How to keep politics and sports separate

FIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right) stand for the anthem prior to the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia.