Why this story matters:
Today, the hottest topic in Slovakia is politicians' salaries. In 2011, the government froze them and they have not changed since.
At first, it was seen as a populist move. After six years, however, it became a toxic issue because of the difference between the current salaries and the potential amount the politicians would receive after de-freezing. Everyone imagines that voters will be furious, if they hear that 3500 euro per month is not enough for their political representatives who are therefore going to get a 1000 EUR raise.
The Prime Minister acts as if we were in the midst of an election campaign, despite the fact that the next parliamentary election is in two years. He is threatening the members of the coalition that if they vote in favor of the new salaries, the government will end.
Details from the story:
- Nowadays, Slovak MPs earn approximately 3400 euros per month.
- If MPs would de-freeze salaries, they would immediately rise by 1000 euro.
- Coalition members are discussing the proposed changes.