Why Matovič asks us to be colourblind

The obnoxious nature of the debate is only one of many issues that is wrong with the events of the past week in Slovakia.

Igor Matovič and his planIgor Matovič and his plan (Source: SITA)

Welcome to your weekly commentary and overview of news from Slovakia. Matovič hopes his “pro-family coalition” will persevere, even though it is not the same as the ruling coalition he leads. A pivotal verdict is expected in the trial of a former elite prosecutor. US congressmen tell Facebook to stop spreading disinformation in Slovakia.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Coalition talks about families but focuses on fighting

The worry that many inhabitants of Slovakia feel as they see the price of a tank of petrol or the bill for their regular grocery shopping grow higher by the week is only multiplied when they look up from the receipts to see what their government is doing for them.

The unsatisfactory answer is: not much. There is, as always, a lot of squabbling and grandstanding, but the actual plans of coalition leader Igor Matovič are anything but grand. He has designed a €1.1-billion package of measures that he dubs, depending on the occasion and the audience, an anti-inflation package or a pro-family package. To push it through, Matovič has embarked on the tactics at which he is most proficient – attacking the people around him, most frequently his own coalition partner, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS).

The conflict between Matovič’s OĽaNO and SaS escalated during the parliamentary debate on the proposal, and on a Matovič-proposed special tax on processing oil from Russia, which – like the rest of the package – SaS refuses to support. The obnoxious, personal nature of the debate is only one of many things wrong with the past week’s events in Slovakia.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: Volvo will build its third plant in Slovakia, which will produce e-cars

Levoča hosts the biggest pilgrimage in Slovakia, transactions in Slovak shops are rounded and two hospitals - one in Bratislava and the second in Martin, will be constructed from the Recovery Plan.


18 h
Slovak PM Eduard Heger and Javier Varela chief operating officer at Volvo Cars, left, after signing the agreement on construction of the plant in the industrial park Valaliky near Košice.

Volvo is coming, Slovakia to end up with fifth carmaker

The plant will produce electric cars near Košice.


22 h

New cure for potentially deadly canine disease comes from Slovakia

Cure stops the disease from recurring, scientists say.


29. jun
Jeremy Hill and Annel Bautista explore the topic of reinvention through the story of one Mexican entrepreneur in the latest episode of the Na Slovensku Aj Po Anglicky podcast.

Viva Eslovaquia!

Chef Brian Navarro brings the heat to Bratislava with his new Mexican restaurant, Mezcalli.


28. jun
SkryťClose ad