Who exactly will be Slovakia’s finance minister in 17 days?

Nobody seems to know what will happen to the government come September – except Igor Matovič, of course.

Eduard Heger (left) and Igor Matovič (right). Eduard Heger (left) and Igor Matovič (right). (Source: TASR)

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Coalition met, disappointment ensued

When it comes to the ongoing coalition crisis, the public – and the government – still have more questions than answers. But Igor Matovič made one thing clear last week.

Unlike Justice Minister Mária Kolíková (SaS), who repeatedly stressed during a recent interview with the Denník N daily that nobody knows what will happen come September, Matovič, the current finance minister, expressed serene certainty. September is when Kolíková and her three fellow SaS government ministers have vowed to quit their posts unless Matovič, who is leader of the OĽaNO party, departs the government. Matovič dismissed any question of his own future whereabouts, declaring: “You can rest assured that I will be the finance minister on September 1.”

The Slovak public, which by now is wearily accustomed to such theatrical statements and wary of the catch that they may or may not contain, is taking the present upheavals as it has almost everything said in the course of this summer, regardless of whether it heralds the collapse of the Heger government: with little interest.

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