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    Slovakia’s election: A party system entering uncharted waters

Slovakia’s election: A party system entering uncharted waters

Slovakia held parliamentary elections on 5 March. The ruling Smer-SD party, led by PM Robert Fico, won the largest share of support, but failed to secure a majority. Daniel Kral assesses the results, writing that the election has pushed Slovakia into uncharted waters, as a record eight parties managed to secure representation in parliament, leaving a fractured party system that will make […]

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    Slovakia’s general election: The impact of the refugee crisis is likely to push Robert Fico back to power

Slovakia’s general election: The impact of the refugee crisis is likely to push Robert Fico back to power

Voters in Slovakia will go to the polls on 5 March to elect their next government. Daniel Kral previews the election, noting that while the ruling Smer-SD, led by Robert Fico, is unlikely to win an absolute majority, it remains by far the most popular party in the polling and has been helped by the hard line taken by […]

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    There is more to the Eurozone than the division between ‘North’ and ‘South’

There is more to the Eurozone than the division between ‘North’ and ‘South’

Opposition to the proposed Greek bailout deal has generally focused on the role of Germany, but how do other Eurozone states view the debt crisis? Daniel Kral notes that while there is a tendency to present the crisis as a stand-off between the Eurozone’s ‘North’ and ‘South’, the situation is far more complex in practice. He writes that the […]

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    Despite a controversial referendum on same-sex marriage, democracy remains alive and well in Slovakia

Despite a controversial referendum on same-sex marriage, democracy remains alive and well in Slovakia

Slovakia held a referendum on 7 February aimed at prohibiting same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, and the right of schools to require children to attend sexual education, or education dealing with the subject of euthanasia. Daniel Kral writes on the impact of the referendum, which saw overwhelming backing for all three proposals, but failed to pass the 50 […]

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Political outsider Andrej Kiska is the new Slovak president, but it remains to be seen what he really stands for

Slovakia held the second round of voting in its presidential election on 29 March. The result saw the country’s prime minister, Robert Fico, defeated by an independent candidate, Andrej Kiska. Daniel Kral writes that Fico’s defeat was in part a function of the electorate’s fear that his party, Smer-SD, could come to dominate the country’s politics. Although Kiska now […]

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    Although Robert Fico is the clear favourite in the Slovakian presidential elections, the real story may be the rise of political ‘outsider’ Andrej Kiska

Although Robert Fico is the clear favourite in the Slovakian presidential elections, the real story may be the rise of political ‘outsider’ Andrej Kiska

Slovakia is due to hold the first round of its presidential elections on 15 March, with the second round scheduled for 29 March. Ahead of the elections, Daniel Kral provides an overview of the political landscape in the country, where the centre-left party Smer-SD is currently in power with a rare single-party majority. He writes that although the country’s prime […]

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