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Kernová, Mirka

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Sme - Slovakia | 29/01/2008

Slovakian opposition threatens blockade of EU treaty

Opposition forces in the Slovakian parliament have threatened to block the Lisbon Treaty if the government does not withdraw its controversial new press law. The law provides for extensive state control over media and has come in for much international criticism. But political scientist Jacques Rupnik tells Mirka Kernová he thinks the opposition is taking the wrong approach: "I understand that the Slovakian opposition has serious reasons to criticize the government. But to hold the European treaty hostage? That's not about the Slovakian government, but about the improved functioning of the EU – which is also important for Slovakia. … I hope the opposition's threat is only an expression of their profound concern about the press law."

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