Slovakia rejects euro bailout deal
Published 11/10/2011 | 02:42
Slovakian MPs have rejected the expansion of the euro currency zone's bailout fund.
After 10 hours of debate in parliament, the measure failed to pass by 21 votes.
Slovakia remains the only country in the 17-member eurozone that has not approved expanding the bailout fund, which would require unanimous support to go into effect.
Slovakia's one-year-old coalition government also fell with the vote because it included a no-confidence measure.
Prime Minister Iveta Radicova had urged the MPs to back the bill, arguing that the country was losing its credibility.
"It is the entire eurozone system which is under threat at the moment, not just a few small countries anymore," Radicova said in the debate in Parliament. "Our euro is under threat. The changing situation needs a quick and immediate reaction."
Earlier, Ms Radicova had admitted that a coalition partner was not convinced.
EU officials still may be able to find a way of getting around the Slovakian rejection of the bill to boost the powers and size of the euro bailout fund, which is designed to contain debt market turmoil, but doing so would carry costs to European unity.