31 Oct 2017

Ooops! Slovak fascists lost 20 million in EU funds

The fascist party is not the biggest fan of the EU. They have even initiated a petition proposing to back out of the Union. Their attitude changes only when they need money. 

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Ooops! Slovak fascists lost 20 million in EU funds - NewsMavens
A fascist march led by Marian Kotleba. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

With just a few days left before regional elections, the fascist party is in panic over losing the possibility to obtain 20 million euros from EU funds. How are they handling it? By pretending that it never happened.

The governor of the self-governing region of Banská Bystrica (BBSK) and the leader of the fascist party, Marian Kotleba, had made bold promises about incoming EU funds that would allow for extensive infrastructure repairs, first and foremost roads. However, it recently became known that BBSK was not even eligible to receive EU funds, having been blacklisted in 2015 for illegal employment practices -- allegedly, the party took the questionable and illicit liberty of hiring security guards to attend local council meetings. 

The fascist party does not like the EU very much. They even initiated a petition proposing to back out of the Union. In spite of this, they have to pretend they care about the EU and – above all -- its money, because both are popular in Slovakia. And no wonder, since the EU provides us with the financial means to repair roads and renovate buildings in almost every Slovakian town.

Details from the story:

  • The fascist-oriented People's Party Our Slovakia lost a chance to draw money from EU funds, because of illicit work in the self-governing region of Banská Bystrica.
  • They will not get 20 million to repair roads.
  • According to the Eurobarometer (2016), the popularity of the EU in Slovakia is growing. As of today, 34 % deems it positive, 45 % neutral and 20 % negative.

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