Cover Osteuropa 11/2011

In Osteuropa 11/2011

Power Games in a Multi-Level System
The Failure of the Slovak Government

Karin Rogalska

Deutsche Fassung


The debt crisis in the Euro zone has caused the governments of several European Union countries to collapse. In Slovakia, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová failed because one of four coalition parties refused to agree to financial aid for Greece. The opposition seized the opportunity to exploit the European multi-level system. Just two days after the vote, in which it rejected the rescue package and thus forced early elections, the opposition then voted for the expansion of the bailout on a second ballot.

(Osteuropa 11/2011, pp. 57–62)