An expelled diplomat, a charged commentator, and a new opposition leader

Polls have brought more questions than answers so far. Soon they will be silenced.

Igor Matovič enjoys the limelight.Igor Matovič enjoys the limelight.(Source: SITA)

Last Week in Slovakia is a commentary and overview of news in Slovakia that The Slovak Spectator subscribers receive in their inboxes every week as part of The Slovak Spectator online subscription. Subscribers also receive a pdf with an overview of news and have access to all of our online content. By subscribing you are helping us provide news about Slovakia you can trust. Thank you.

The countdown to the parliamentary election continues. By the end of this week, with two weeks to go until the vote, the moratorium on publishing polls will start. The latest polls show Igor Matovič’s campaign tactics are paying off as OĽaNO leads among opposition parties. The murder trial continued with further witnesses, including Europol experts who dealt with Threema, the Foreign Affairs Ministry expelled a Vietnamese diplomat from Slovakia and the police pressed charges against prominent commentator Michal Havran.

Jaws drop as new opposition leader emerges from polls

The much-criticised Igor Matovič might not have a proper election programme nor an actual candidate for a potential prime minister (it would have to be himself, but most observers believe he would be neither capable nor interested in the job). But he sure knows how to reach the hearts of people, which clearly pays off, with most voters following their hearts rather than their minds when making their electoral decision.

After his recent stunt with an online survey, all the latest polls show his OĽaNO in the lead among the opposition parties. The AKO polling agency, measured the popularity of OĽaNO among voters the week after he announced his survey at over 12 13 percent, just after Smer with 17 percent.

So, three weeks before the parliamentary election, a new question came up that kept local observers busy, after their frequent pondering on whether the president should or should not assign the far right leader Marian Kotleba to form a government if he wins the vote: What if the one with the assignment ends up being Matovič? Does he even want to be a prime minister, and what will he do?

The poll suggests the bloc of parties that has come to be known as the democratic opposition in Slovakia (opposition parties excluding the extremist ĽSNS and the populist Sme Rodina, but including OĽaNO) would gain the thin majority of 77 seats in parliament, but, as polls do, it does not suggest how on earth they are going to make it work with OĽaNO as their potential government’s strongest element.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Election

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics:
Last Week in Slovakia

Top stories

Second "secret poll" confirms observers' expectations

Slovakia's voters defied the ban on polls through a crowdfunding campaign.

The Slovak parliament approved the law on a 50-day moratorium on pre-election polls on November 26, 2019

Slovak far right courts youth vote in pivotal ballot

As Slovakia prepares to vote on Saturday, thousands of young voters are expected to opt for a far-right party that many would call neo-Nazi. What gives?

Extremism is a growing problem.

Parliament approves 13th pensions just days before the elections

The parliament failed to adopt two more proposals on February 26. The special session is over.

An extraordinary session is held on February 25, 2020.

Ethnic Hungarians should not be divided into good and bad

The identity of Slovakia's Hungarians cannot be based on how they feel about Orbán.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán (centre) and his Slovak counterpart Peter Pellegrini (centre-left) during their visit at the transit zone for migrants in Röszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border.