Reassess and Renew

V/I Weekly News Roundup

14 November 2019

Quincy Cloet

Managing Editor

From the commemoration of 1989 to an opposition pact in Slovakia and bottom-up attempts to find progressive alliances in the capital cities, the Visegrad region demonstrates a vibrancy of debate about the past and fresh initiatives to keep populism at bay.

 

All but SMER

Opposition parties have signed a “non-aggression pact” not to cooperate with the ruling social-democratic (SMER) party, after the parliamentary elections scheduled for early 2020. The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and the coalition of Progressive Slovakia (PS) and Spolu signed an agreement back in summer but this week have been joined by the non-parliamentary party For the People (Za Ľudí). Another party, Freedom and Solidarity, may soon follow.

Slovak politics has seen the continued fall-out from a corruption scandal in recent months, which has implicated a high number of senior legal figures as well as politicians.

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Quincy Cloet

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Dr Quincy R. Cloet is Managing Editor of Visegrad Insight

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