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Slovak Premier Calling Ally ‘Idiot’ Risks Breaking Coalition

  • Slovak premier calls on SaS party leader to quit ministry post
  • In Slovenia, smallest coalition party quits Jansa’s cabinet
Igor Matovic
Igor MatovicPhotographer: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
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Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic called his key ruling partner an “idiot” and asked him to quit as economy minister, raising the risk the coalition government will break up after less than a year.

With the worsening pandemic putting eastern Europe’s leaders under increased pressure, Matovic isn’t the only one struggling. In fellow euro-area member Slovenia, a junior coalition partner walked away, increasing the chances the opposition will seek a no-confidence motion against Premier Janez Jansa as early as next week.