Journalist murder triggers government crisis in Slovakia

  • Petr Boháček
  • 6.3.2018 12:06

Pressure on Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign increased following the shocking February murder of journalist Jan Kuciak, who investigated the connection between the Italian crime group and highest government stakeholders in the country. Tensions also grew between Fico and President Andrej Kiska, who expects a remake of the ruling cabinet or early election as the only solution to the crisis.

The Prime Minister in reaction accused the President of links with Hungarian philanthropist George Soros, a common scapegoat of Eastern European politicians. Under pressure is also Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and Police President Tibor Gaspar, who face criticism over inactivity in investigating links between the ’Ndrangheta Italian organised crime group and Slovakian businessmen despite having information about it. To maintain support for his cabinet in the parliament, Prime Minister Fico will have to either fire Interior Minister Kalinak to maintain support of the Hungarian minority Most-Hid party or gain silent approval from the radical far-right People's Party - Our Slovakia. With heavily Eurosceptic Czechs and ongoing political disputes between the European Commission and Poland and Hungary, Slovakia remains a strong pro-EU island within the Visegrad Four. Political battles amid a possible early election could upset this sturdy pro-EU orientation.

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