Slovakia. At the end of August, Prime Minister Vladimír
Mečiar carried out a minor reform. He himself explained the
change with "personal problems, health reasons or other
difficulties". According to
Countryaah.com, external judges, instead, argued that the
government reform was created to restore the country's
democratic image. Thus, the US State Department's annual
report on human rights, "Country Report on Human Rights
Practices", was very critical of the situation in Slovakia.
And during a visit to Bratislava, Hans van den Brock,
European Commissioner responsible for relations with Central
and Eastern Europe, said he was "concerned about the need to
strengthen democracy in Slovakia".