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This coalition has not learned to negotiate. The biggest problem facing this coalition is to find a negotiator who would also have sufficient authority, Rudolf Zajac, Minister of Health in the second government of Mikuláš Dzurinda (2002 – 2006) for the ANO party, says in an interview. Personally, I am skeptical that there is anyone out there who is capable of somehow finding solutions without losing face. Now, however, the coalition is on thin ice, because Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini will sooner or later lose their nerve, Sulík will join and be equipped, warns Zajac.

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Rudolf Zajac in a picture from 2004, when he was the Minister of Health.

What does the minority government mean for the functioning of the parliament? How do you remember it?

If a minority government is to work, the coalition needs one negotiator who can somehow maintain a united line and negotiate for everyone. These deputies must be convinced with arguments and they must also be prepared for the fact that they will be attacked for buying deputies. At the time, Fico announced it because it sounded good when he asked how it was possible for a minority government to pass laws. However, Dzurinda was great as prime minister in that he was an excellent negotiator and knew how to negotiate things even with non-aligned members of parliament. And when he argued with them, not all journalists wrote about it immediately or in advance. Although he was accused of buying MPs, no one has ever been able to do anything like that.

How does it affect the minister’s work if he does not have guaranteed support for his laws?

Far more determination to negotiate and far more ability to find solutions that the opposition and non-affiliated MPs will support is required from the ministers. If the individual ministers want to enforce something, they have to negotiate with individual deputies in the parliament. It didn’t matter if it was Vladimír Mečiar or Robert Fico in my time. Ministers simply have to look for support even among the unclassified. There were quite a few of them in my time, especially after they left Mečiar’s HZDS.

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In your opinion, is the current coalition ready for such functioning?

It will not be easy for her at all, because this coalition has not learned to negotiate. Its representatives thought that everything belonged to them because they had a constitutional majority, but it suddenly became a minority. Personally, I am skeptical that there is anyone out there who is capable of somehow finding solutions without losing face. That is the art of politics, that you cannot sell your soul. The result should be that you manage to win support from the opposition as well, but you can’t lose your political face in the process. However, it is not quite that simple. Here, the current coalition has an advantage, because there will also be a part of the opposition in the parliament, which did not leave for ideological reasons, but because of Matovič.

Is Prime Minister Eduard Heger the kind of person who can maintain that united line?

The leader cannot afford any quarrels in his own party or in the coalition. He must therefore be able to meet his own deputies, because they are also elected and have different requirements. However, he also has to seek support among non-government MPs to pass the laws. However, now the unclassified ones are the key. When Mikuláš Dzurinda wanted something from them, he certainly didn’t bang on the table. The biggest problem facing this coalition is to find a negotiator who also has sufficient authority.

So you think Heger doesn’t have it?

No, because Chapter XXII is encoded there. Everyone looks at Heger critically, that he can’t do anything, that he is weak or a puppet prime minister. However, Heger will only be as strong a prime minister as Matovič allows him to be. Heger is his superior at the government level, but Matovič is his boss at the government level. Although Matovič is subordinate to Heger in the government, Heger must adapt to Matovič at any coalition meeting. There must be a skillful negotiator who is also competent and has enough sense and humility. I don’t see anyone in this coalition that far and wide. We are only talking about who will be able Matovič.

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So what fate do you predict for this coalition?

I don’t want to predict that, because today everything is possible, since everyone plays their own games there. It will be very difficult to do anything sensible. Reforms have already rung, although, fortunately, none have even been made. So it’s not such a big tragedy. Now they have clearly admitted that it’s just a matter of completing the recovery fund. That’s pure money to spend. If they are flexible enough and negotiate, it might work out for them.

But now they are on thin ice, because Fico and Peter Pellegrini will lose their temper sooner or later, Sulík will join and be equipped. They should have realized that it was far better to comply with Sulík, because his request was justified. Sulík has a big ego, but it’s really impossible to work with Matovič. That person does not belong in politics. Now it will be seen who has the political will to negotiate. Coalition officials must win support, but not at the cost of losing face. It cannot work as they have already demonstrated, that Matovič will join the fascists.


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