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Mette Frederiksen after shooting attack on Slovakia's prime minister: 'Tragic news'

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 • 3:45 PM UTC - in Politics

European democracy is under attack, says prime minister.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) responds to the news that Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico, has been shot and is in critical condition.

According to Slovakian authorities, the 59-year-old Robert Fico is in a life-threatening condition.

Mette Frederiksen calls it a "tragic news" and sends her thoughts to her colleague's family.

Robert Fico represents the social democratic party Smer - Sociálna Demokracia and has been Slovakia's prime minister several times. This time since October last year, and he has made headlines with controversial stances, including a critical approach to the European support for Ukraine.

"Regardless of what my colleagues may think about everything in heaven and on earth, an attack on a sitting prime minister is an attack on our democracy - both nationally and European," Mette Frederiksen says, and reiterates her message in this context:

"I do not recognize that there can be a connection between Robert Fico's political stances and what we have seen today."

Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen (M) has condemned the shooting attack and called the news from Slovakia an "assault on democracy."

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