View Full Version : Slovakia's coalition shaken by veto of beer tax hike

12-01-2010, 04:53 PM
Four parliamentary deputies from Slovakia's centre-right government unexpectedly vetoed an increase in excise tax on beer on Tuesday, shaking a rickety coalition dedicated to cutting the budget deficit.

The setback, which will cost the government 15 million euros, will not seriously reduce 2011 revenue since it will be offset by further state spending cuts. But it was a fresh sign of coalition disarray that may complicate future policy-making.