News on elections and candidates in Slovakia

No big reforms. Parties are lukewarm with their promises for businesses

What are parties promising business ahead of elections?Jana Liptáková, 14. Feb 2020, at 13:52

Poll: SNS drops from parliament

The recent Focus poll shows that eight parties would make it to the parliament, with Smer winning the vote.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Feb 2020, at 13:36

OĽaNO chair Igor Matovič (centre) is holding a banner saying "He is drunk", referring to Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko (r).
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Men of appetites

Slovakia’s voters face some unappetising choices on 29 February.James Thomson, 13. Feb 2020, at 11:25

Robert Fico celebrates his 2012 victory.

Parodies, live broadcasts, rap songs. Facebook is big for some campaigns

A campaign video from Cannes got the most interactions.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 12. Feb 2020, at 19:06

Which online campaign is the most effective?

Initiative questions interior minister's warning against votes from abroad

Denisa Saková said she only wanted to motivate voters from regions outside Bratislava.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Feb 2020, at 13:26

Interior Minister Denisa Saková

Matovič’s OĽaNO party jumps in the polls

The party benefits mostly from its media campaign, according to the AKO pollster head.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Feb 2020, at 13:17

Igor Matovič (centre) and his party colleagues.

Which party has the most transparent campaign?

Vlasť and Smer parties among those running most untransparent campaigns.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 7. Feb 2020, at 9:41

The coalition of non-parliamentary parties Progressive Slovakia/Spolu has the most transparent campaign.

Poll: Far-right down slightly, OĽaNO jumped the most

President Zuzana Čaputová said she would appoint a government featuring far-right ĽSNS.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jan 2020, at 13:29

Igor Matovič

This election will be about extremism

The stakes are high, times have changed, but ruling politicians are using the same, failed playbook.Michaela Terenzani, 23. Jan 2020, at 11:00

Protest against the far right ĽSNS in Levoča.

The far-right ĽSNS in the game to win 2020 elections

The party is on the rise, achieving its best result in the Focus polls.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Jan 2020, at 22:44

The January 2020 Focus poll implies democratic opposition leaders would need Sme Rodina, chaired by Boris Kollár (second from right), to join their coalition if they were to establish the next government.

Poll: Far-right ĽSNS would defeat the democratic opposition

Nine parties would make it to the parliament.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Jan 2020, at 0:06

l-r: Milan Uhrík, Marian Kotleba and Ján Kecskés

SaS joins the opposition’s non-aggression pact

The signature of another opposition party led by Igor Matovič is still missing.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:46

l-r: Andrej Kiska (Za Ľudí), Michal Truban (PS/Spolu), Richard Sulík (SaS), Alojz Hlina (KDH)

Deadline for those voting from abroad is January 10

Slovaks living abroad may vote in the elections via mail.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:44

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Former PM and president facing criminal charges

Smer MPs backing party chairman also under investigation.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 13. Dec 2019, at 9:22

Illustrative stock photo: Andrej Kiska (l) and Robert Fico (r)

Who leads the most transparent campaign?

Ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovensko evaluated the first month of the campaign led before the 2020 general election.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Dec 2019, at 13:02

Fico absent from the Smer congress due to high blood pressure

Smer is ready to win its fifth elections, PM Peter Pellegrini said. He also ruled out cooperation with the far-right.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Dec 2019, at 13:42

Peter Pellegrini speaking at the Smer congress.
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Strange parallels as Britain and Slovakia go to the polls

‘Who should I vote for?’ Slovak friends sometimes ask. I am in no position to offer advice any more.James Thomson, 2. Dec 2019, at 10:42

The idea of demonstrators waving EU flags in Westminster would have seemed faintly ridiculous before 2016; now it is a common sight at moments of parliamentary drama.

Most voters consider a coalition with Kotleba or Harabin unacceptable

The poll shows that the coalition would be acceptable mostly for Smer voters, however.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Nov 2019, at 12:45

Marian Kotleba (l) and Štefan Harabin (r)

Opposition will not join forces before the 2020 election

The blame has been laid at the feet of Andrej Kiska.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Nov 2019, at 0:20

Andrej Kiska (Za ľudí), Alojz Hlina (KDH), Michal Truban (PS) and Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu) sign an agrement that the parties will not attack each other before the 2020 elections on November 11, 2019

Slovaks can vote from abroad in the 2020 election

More than 17,000 Slovak voted via post office in 2016 election.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 15. Nov 2019, at 9:10

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