Mafia state

Hrabko: Andrej Kiska Only President Who Calls Own Country ‘Mafia State


Bratislava, May 11 (TASR) – No president of any central European country or in the history of Slovakia, for that matter, has ever called his own state a “Mafia state” the way President Andrej Kiska has repeatedly done, publicist Juraj Hrabko told TABLET.TV in an interview, adding that he doesn’t find such statements standard or normal.
Even though all central European countries face similar challenges and, unlike Slovakia, Hungary and Poland even face proceedings initiated against them by the European Commission, Hrabko finds it hard to imagine that their presidents would have called their republics “Mafia states” before foreign audiences.
“He [Kiska] has been saying that abroad for over a year and I don’t like it, but that’s about all I can do about it. I don’t think the picture painted by Mr. President is accurate. Even European Union doesn’t raise such objections to Slovakia as it does to Hungary and Poland, against which the proceedings have been initiated. Prime Minister [Peter] Pellegrini is right to take exception to that,” claimed Hrabko, adding that Kiska engages in partisanship rhetoric already.
“He wants to found a political party, that’s no secret, and now attempts to present everything through negative lens, claiming we live in a Mafia state,” thinks Hrabko.
Such a radical rhetoric wasn’t employed even by first president Michal Kovac (1993-98), who would have more reasons for it in the era of Meciarism, recalled Hrabko.
“Ivan Gasparovic (2004-14) also didn’t do it and, if memory serves, neither did Rudolf Schuster (1999-2004). Schuster had a single grievance, and he was voicing it also abroad, that when he fell ill and was bed-ridden, the government was extremely quick in its attempt to strip him of his powers. But there was no talk of Mafia state. I know no other president who attempts to paint such a bad picture of Slovakia abroad as Andrej Kiska,” said Hrabko. “It seems to me that Mr. Kiska claims that everything is bad, everything is terrible, but he will come as a partisanship leader and save the day. In my view, he’s reaching out too high, will fall down hard and it will hurt.”