is a sociologist and currently Slovakia’s Prime Minister. A teacher at the Comenius University in Bratislava, she was named full professor following postdoctoral studies at Oxford University under Ralf Dahrendorf. In 1989 she was active in Public Against Violence, the party that emerged from the Velvet Revolution. She returned to active politics after a longer break as an expert on issues of social exclusion and inclusion. In 2005, she became Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Family in Mikuláš Dzurinda’s centre-right government, later becoming deputy leader of his Social Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS). She has led Slovakia’s coalition government since 2010. In October 2011 she decided to combine the parliament vote for the European rescue fund with a vote of confidence and lost; she now heads a caretaker government until early elections, scheduled for March 2011.
“Without wishing to come up with a ranking or charts, those I blame for the crisis include irresponsible governments and politicians, an irresponsible banking sector, irresponsible ratings agencies that failed totally, and an irresponsible Eurostat that failed, too. The current crisis was brought about by too much fraud and too many lies. The new Irish Prime Minister took on the challenge of sorting things out in the face of civil discontent. I, too, have had to contend with protest, with ten thousand teachers and twenty thousand unionists gathered outside the government office, emotions running high on a daily basis. I don’t think we should not support new governments that are trying to tackle irresponsible management of the economy.”