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Pravda - Slovakia | Thursday, January 31, 2008

Slovakia puts off ratification of EU treaty

Yesterday, both Slovenia and Malta ratified the Lisbon Treaty. But in Slovakia the referendum was put off at the last minute. The opposition, whose votes are needed for acceptance of the treaty, withheld its support in protest against the government's planned media law, which they consider undemocratic. Márius Kopcsay sees their point: "That was strong stuff from the opposition, but they could afford this luxury. There's enough time remaining for a vote on the EU treaty. … And the issues are linked: the Lisbon Treaty establishes European rules. And the press law is a test of whether Slovakia sticks to those rules."

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