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Kiska is not ruling out that he might found a party after all

The murder of a journalist and his partner and the events that followed have made President Andrej Kiska "change his original intentions" he admits in an interview. Compiled by Spectator staff ,17. May 2018, at 22:45

Andrej Kiska

It would make no sense for Kiska to enter party politics

There are other ways the incumbent president can put his potential to use, says political analyst Grigorij Mesežnikov. Michaela Terenzani ,15. May 2018, at 17:07

Grigorij Mesežnikov

Kiska will not run or leave

The incumbent president will not run for a second term in office, but he wants to “be part of the new era” in Slovak politics. Michaela Terenzani ,15. May 2018, at 14:52

Andrej Kiska

Tomáš Drucker may become new interior minister

Following the president's refusal to appoint the new government, designated PM Peter Pellegrini will submit a new list of candidates on March 21. Compiled by Spectator staff ,20. Mar 2018, at 22:35

Health Minister Tomáš Drucker

Blog: Foreigners, get involved

What about making our voices heard? And not only in itsy-bitsy interviews about traditional cuisine and the High Tatras.Anca Dragu23. Feb 2018, at 8:10

Regional election 2017

Bratislava has its first candidate for mayoral post

The architect, urban activist and musician of the popular band Para Matús Vallo will run as a civic candidate, with the support of an expert team. Compiled by Spectator staff ,14. Feb 2018, at 13:52

Matúš Vallo and his team announce the candidacy February 13.

Why do Czechs have a Slovak for prime minister?

When things get serious, Slovaks protest, organise and exercise power at the ballot box. Czechs go skiing. Benjamin Cunningham ,3. Feb 2018, at 8:55

L-R: President Zemand and PM Babiš form the fate of the Czech Republic but impact also that of Slovakia.

Fico admits that running for president in 2014 was a political error

Ambition of the prime minister is to win the next general election in 2020 Compiled by Spectator staff ,18. Dec 2017, at 14:21

Robert Fico during the night of the second round of the presidential election on March 29, 2014.

Businessman Lunter has taken over from Kotleba in Banská Bystrica

The new regional governors took over their positions on December 4. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Dec 2017, at 13:44

L-R: The new and the outgoing regional governors of Banská Bystrica, Ján Lunter and Marian Kotleba, respectively.

Why Slovaks should start fearing the Czechs

Slovakia will have to display unity and inventiveness for Brussels to recognise it among the cluster of “strange” democracies east of GermanyBy Petr Šabata22. Nov 2017, at 22:24

L-R: President Zemand and PM Babiš form the fate of the Czech Republic but impact also that of Slovakia.

Košice governor candidate contested the election result

Incumbent Košice Mayor Richard Raši claims that not all votes for him have been counted. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Nov 2017, at 13:15

Richard Raši casting his vote in the regional elections.

Smer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivion

What does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party? Michaela Terenzani ,20. Nov 2017, at 7:05

“How could it be a fiasco when a political party wins most councillors among all parties?” asks PM Robert Fico.

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent. Roman Cuprik ,16. Nov 2017, at 18:57

Elections during socialism regime.

PM Fico does not admit defeat in regional election

After almost a week, Robert Fico comments on the results of his party in regional elections, claiming it as a success. Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Nov 2017, at 14:17

PM Fico explians the results of the regional elections for his Smer party.

Kotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizens

There is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections. Benjamin Cunningham ,12. Nov 2017, at 18:15

In Zvolen, in Nitra, near Brezno, there are billboards in which Kotleba thanks voters for support.

Graver threat than the fascists

The paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.Pavol Hardoš10. Nov 2017, at 10:16

L-R: SaS' Richard Sulík and OĽaNO' Igor Matovič

Good news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune response

There are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level. Michaela Terenzani ,7. Nov 2017, at 21:06

Marian Kotleba (L) and his ĽSNS party members, supporters

Fico is determined to carry on, but is dissatisfied with his people

PM Fico gave his first response to the election results on Monday6. Nov 2017, at 22:09

PM Robert Fico when voting in the regional election.

Election geographer: People voted out Smer in protest

Tibor Madleňák, a political analyst specialising in election geography, says in an interview with The Slovak Spectator that Kotleba had to defend his performance in a political post for the first time - and failed. Michaela Terenzani , Radka Minarechová ,6. Nov 2017, at 19:48

Marian Kotleba and his far-right ĽSNS party are considered main losers of the regional elections.

Smer: We will draw conclusions, replace old and burnt-out people

Some top politicians in the ruling Smer party comment on the regional election results, admitting some unexpected flops and possible changes in their party. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Nov 2017, at 13:49

Peter Pellegrini of Smer

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