A Different Road

V/I Weekly News Roundup

5 March 2020

While Czechs came out in the streets to protest against forces undermining democracy and Slovaks voted in their parliamentary elections, much of the attention has gone to the first reported cases of the COVID-19. Short-term threats should not distract the region from bigger challenges.

 

End of an era

In last week’s Slovak elections, the populist and anti-corruption party OĽaNO (Ordinary People) came first with a surprisingly strong result, taking 25 per cent of the vote. Robert Fico’s long-governing party SMER-SD (Direction) fell back to 18 per cent and is unlikely to enter the next coalition. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová former party, Progressive Slovakia, in a party coalition with SPOLU (Together) failed to meet the 7 per cent threshold and obtain any seats.

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Quincy Cloet

Dr Quincy R. Cloet is a specialist in the history and politics of international organisations, based in Poland. He is an award-winning historian with academic and media publications in the areas of international politics, history, European studies and human rights.

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