PM Under Fire Over Comments About Minorities
Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, has condemned the speech by the Slovakian Prime Minister, Robert Fico, which goes against minorities in his own country.
Joseph Daul said: “The comments of the Slovak PM are unacceptable. I strongly condemn his nationalist views on minorities, whether they are ethnic or religious. There is no room for such language in Europe today.
Instead of blaming minorities for his inability to serve the needs of all Slovak citizens, the Head of Government should devote more time and energy on solving his domestic economic problems and the drastic rise in unemployment. Europe must act immediately when the rights of citizens and their human and minority rights are endangered.”
The statement, published on the party’s website come in reaction to comment made by PM Fico on Tuesday, when he called on minorities to stop blackmailing with their minority rights. He added how it is becoming “a trendy habit that we see mostly demands from minorities in Slovakia, but with no real obligations towards the state. Rather they have outstretched hands, but with almost minimum cultivation of civil virtue”.
The PM then noted how we did not establish an independent state foremost for minorities, no mater how much we calue them, but mostly for the Slovak state-forming nation”.