What plagues the Matovič government after COVID

Graduation season is over, but final theses are all the rage in Slovak politics.

PM Igor Matovič and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 16, 2020. PM Igor Matovič and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 16, 2020. (Source: AP/TASR)

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More tests mean more cases, Donald Trump infamously told a rally of supporters last month with regard to the coronavirus testing in the US, with an appeal to “slow the testing down please”. In that, the coronavirus has much in common with another infection currently plaguing Slovak politics - plagiarism, as many commentaries and memes from the past week have pointed out. The coverage of Denník N, which has been on to plagiarists ever since they first reported on Andrej Danko’s copy-paste doctoral thesis, shows just how true the more tests - more cases concern is about plagiarists in the current government.

Plagiarism is not limited to just one party, as it might have appeared two weeks ago, when Speaker of Parliament Boris Kollár (Sme Rodina) fiercely defended his “academic paper” in parliament. Since then, Education Minister Branislav Grohling of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) has faced plagiarism allegations over his thesis. And then last Thursday, Denník N broke its story about PM Igor Matovič's thesis.

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