Getting prepared for the September Slovak general elections

The preparations for the September Slovak general elections are reaching their final stages. The State Commission for Elections and Supervision of Funding of Political Parties announced that 24 political parties, along with 2,728 candidates, will be competing for seats in the Federal Assembly. However, there are concerns that the voter turnout might be lower thanContinua a leggere “Getting prepared for the September Slovak general elections”

Zelenskyj’s visit to Slovakia, support confirmed

President Volodymyr Zelenskyj’s visit to Slovakia for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine, on Friday 7th July, has been welcomed by President Zuzana Čaputová. “An important symbol of our relationship, but also a symbol of our increasingly developing cooperation”, the Slovak Head of State commented on Facebook. Zelenskyj thanked Slovakia for its support toContinua a leggere “Zelenskyj’s visit to Slovakia, support confirmed”

Čaputová renounces second term, Ódor’s manifesto rejected

The tension does not seem to be subsiding in Slovak politics, as President Zuzana Čaputová has decided not to run for a second term in the spring of 2024, and Parliament has rejected Ľudovít Ódor government’s manifesto this month. The decision not to run again was one of the most difficult in her life, theContinua a leggere “Čaputová renounces second term, Ódor’s manifesto rejected”

No peace without justice: The highlights from Globsec 2023 conference

Attended by 1.300 guests from 63 countries, the 18th edition of the international Globsec 2023 Bratislava Forum took place from May 29th to May 31st, touching three main topics: continuing Western support for Ukraine with weapons; the resilience of Europe facing war on the continent – hence the need to strengthening NATO; and the conflict’sContinua a leggere “No peace without justice: The highlights from Globsec 2023 conference”

Political reactions to the Ódor government and electoral alliances

While one of the goals of the new Ódor government is economic austerity and curbing debt, political parties in Slovakia do not seem to be in favor of these necessary measures. They focus on other priorities: corruption, of course, but also security and immigration. Parties in Slovakia reacted in different ways regarding the new executiveContinua a leggere “Political reactions to the Ódor government and electoral alliances”

Heger resigns, NBS vice-governor Ľudovít Ódor appointed as PM

Slovak Interim Prime Minister Eduard Heger resigned last Sunday: President Zuzana Čaputová appointed the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Slovakia (NBS) Ľudovít Ódor as head of a caretaker government (the first one in Slovakia’s history), which will take office on May 15th. The PM explained on tv he took this decision “to leaveContinua a leggere “Heger resigns, NBS vice-governor Ľudovít Ódor appointed as PM”

Parties negotiate in the run-up to the elections in Slovakia

The elections in Slovakia are scheduled on September 30th. The last time the country experienced a summer electoral campaign was more than twenty years ago. Summer campaigns are traditionally known for the politicians’ trips to the regions, rallies, and meetings with citizens. Party leaders already started to introduce their billboards in the towns. As theContinua a leggere “Parties negotiate in the run-up to the elections in Slovakia”

New parties in Slovakia, among vetoes and chaos

With the emergence of new parties in Slovakia, the political fragmentation in the country becomes more acute. Fourteen new political entities want to run, and some of them are led by conspiracy theorists or convicted swindlers. The month of March was very turbulent. After the resignation of interim Health Minister Vladimír Lengvarský, both Robert FicoContinua a leggere “New parties in Slovakia, among vetoes and chaos”

The EU, Russian disinformation, and security: Evaluating Slovak foreign policy

Organized by the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, on March 27th, 2023, the “21st Annual Review Conference on the Foreign and European Policy of the Slovak Republic” hosted a series of panels at the Congress Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava. The Conference’s firstContinua a leggere “The EU, Russian disinformation, and security: Evaluating Slovak foreign policy”

Il rapporto Svizzera-Slovacchia, tra politica e cooperazione

Piccoli paesi, nel centro d’Europa, con montagne pittoresche: sono i più immediati e visibili elementi comuni del rapporto Svizzera-Slovacchia. Berna e Bratislava condividono scambi bilaterali positivi e regolari a livello economico, finanziario, politico e culturale. La cooperazione Svizzera-Slovacchia si è estesa negli anni e trova spazi anche nell’ambito dell’ONU, dei Balcani e della politica europea.Continua a leggere “Il rapporto Svizzera-Slovacchia, tra politica e cooperazione”