No, Mr. Matovič, the end doesn't justify the means

OĽaNO’s leader rejects formal cooperation with the fascists, while exploiting a shadow coalition in which they are full members.

Igor Matovič (right) shakes hands with OĽaNO MP Andrej Stančík who said he had a problem with a vote together with the far right, but then voted with them anyway. Igor Matovič (right) shakes hands with OĽaNO MP Andrej Stančík who said he had a problem with a vote together with the far right, but then voted with them anyway. (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

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Matovič deploys his alternative coalition

Parliament has overridden the veto of President Zuzana Čaputová and supported the financial aid package that Finance Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO), depending on his audience, calls pro-family or anti-inflation.

While Matovič rejoiced (and attacked his coalition partners in the process), as did his loyal party colleague, Prime Minister Eduard Heger, the passing of the package is bad news for the coalition, for the country, and for its public finances.

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