Slovakia

    • New Slovak government takes office

      New Slovak government takes office

      Slovak President Zuzana Caputova appointed Igor Matovic as prime minister on Saturday to lead a new center-right government coalition after a February election swept anti-graft opposition parties to power. The government handover comes as the central European country of 5.5 million battles the spreading coronavirus outbreak that has put Europe on lockdown, pressuring Matovic’s four-party coalition to agree a cabinet quickly.

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    • Slovakia goes to the polls amid corruption controversy

      Slovakia goes to the polls amid corruption controversy

      Voters look poised to oust the centre-left Smer party that has dominated Slovakia’s political landscape for more than a decade in a national election on Saturday overshadowed by anger over high-level graft. Opinion polls ahead of a two-week moratorium before the ballot pointed to a rapid rise for anti-corruption movement Ordinary People (OLANO), increasing chances it may form a centre-right majority with smaller conservative and liberal parties to outmanoeuvre Smer.

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    • Slovakia readies to vote, with far-right flying high

      Slovakia readies to vote, with far-right flying high

      Slovakia will go to polls on 29 February, with analysts expecting a hung parliament and a key role for a far-right party, whose leader is on trial on charges of spreading hate. Marian Kotleba's People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) expects to surge to a second-place behind the incumbent centre-left Smer, which has been weakened by corruption scandals and the politically charged murder of an investigative journalist.

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    • Slovakia's ruling party Smer proposes tough election law

      Slovakia's ruling party Smer proposes tough election law

      Slovakia's ruling Smer party pushed last Monday through parliament a law extending a ban on opinion polls to 50 days before elections, one of the longest periods in the world, news wires reported. The move, coming before a planned election next February, has drawn strong criticism from opposition parties and political experts who view it as an attempt to silence challengers from new parties.

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    • Labour Authority starts working

      Labour Authority starts working

      The European Labour Authority officially started its activities last Wednesday with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board, the EU press service reported. The launch took place two years after EC President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the idea in his 2017 State of the Union address. The opening ceremony was held in Brussels with the participation of President Juncker, Slovakia's PM Peter Pellegrini, given the fact that namely Slovakia will host the new agency, Commission VPs Valdis Dombrovskis and Maros Sefcovic, Labour Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, etc.

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    • Slovakia's first female president  declares war on political bribery

      Slovakia's first female president declares war on political bribery

      Environmental lawyer and anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova will become Slovakia’s first female president after she won run-off election last Saturday. Caputova got 58% of the ballot while her rival, the EU energy commissioner and ruling party candidate Maros Sefcovic garnered 42%. Caputova, a political newcomer, campaigned with a slogan of ‘Stand up to evil’, rejecting at the same time hate speeches.

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    • Slovakia elected its first woman president

      Slovakia elected its first woman president

      The liberal environmental activist Zuzana Caputova has been elected president, becoming the first woman to take this position of Slovakia. Relative newcomer in politics, she received 58% of the vote in Saturday's runoff election, topping European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, who got 42%.

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