Slovak coalition parties KDH, MOST-HID, SDKU-DS and SaS met at the SaS headquarters one day before the vote on European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). The main reason for the heavy negotiations was the reluctance of the second strongest coalition party SaS to vote for the bailout. When the talks ended unexpectedly after three hours it was quite a nice surprise for us journalists who were prepared to spend the whole night in the SaS press room. Though not such a positive message for other people – Prime Minister Iveta Radicova and SaS Chairman Richard Sulik announced at the press conference after the talks that they didn’t find any compromise and that the very last chance to meet agreement will be tomorrow morning at the Government Office just hours before the actual vote.

Pictures from this assignment were published on the internet issues of The Guardian, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Stern and Polish Television and printed in Austrian Der Kurier.

Chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Movement (SDKU) Mikulas Dzurinda attends the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10. October 2011. Heavy coalition talks are being held since Slovakia's second strongest coalition party SaS has expressed its reluctance to vote for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) mechanism in the Slovak parliament which is due on 11. October 2011 - last of all EU countries. The remaining three coalition parties including SDKU-DS, MOST-HYD and Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) are considering to join the vote with the vote of confidence to excert pressure on SaS. EPA/Peter Hudec

Chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Movement (SDKU) Mikulas Dzurinda talks to journalists as he attends the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10. October 2011. (...) EPA/Peter Hudec

Slovak Finance Minister and vice-chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christioan Movement (SDKU) Ivan Miklos talks to journalists as he attends the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10. October 2011. (...) EPA/Peter Hudec

Chairman of the Freedom and Justice party (SaS) Richard Sulik (bottom-left) sits opposite to members of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Movement (SDKU) including their Chairman Mikulas Dzurinda (4th R), Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (3rd R) and Slovak Finance Minister Ivan Miklos (2nd R) during the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10. October 2011. (...) EPA/Peter Hudec

Slovak Prime Minister and vice-chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Movement - Democratic Party (SDKU-DS) Iveta Radicova (R) and chairman of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) and speaker of the Slovak Parliament Richard Sulik (L) arrive to talk to journalists at the press conference after the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the SaS headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10 October 2011. (...) EPA/PETER HUDEC

Slovak Prime Minister and vice-chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Movement - Democratic Party (SDKU-DS) Iveta Radicova (L) and chhairman of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) and speaker of the Slovak Parliament Richard Sulik (R) talk to journalists at the press conference after the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the SaS headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10 October 2011. (...) EPA/PETER HUDEC

Chairman of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) and speaker of the Slovak Parliament Richard Sulik talks to journalists at the press conference after the coalition talks of the four parties which form the Slovak Government at the SaS headquarter in Bratislava, Slovakia on 10 October 2011. (...) EPA/PETER HUDEC

Iveta Radicova and Richard Sulik on page 7 of Austrian Daily Der Kurier

Iveta Radicova and Richard Sulik on page 7 of Austrian Daily Der Kurier