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The Power Shift in Slovakia during COVID-19

14 May 2020

Igor Matovič entered politics as an anti-political figure, a self-proclaimed „ordinary guy” who simply fights corruption and despises party politics. The COVID-19 situation has been an opportunity for him to transform the anti-corruption vocabulary into a proper messianic narrative.

On 6 March, Slovakia had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. It came less than a week after the elections that ended the era of Robert Fico’s Smer – which led the country almost continuously for 12 years.

How did this power shift influence the politics of the pandemic crisis in the Visegrad country with the lowest number of victims?

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The coronavirus was not among the topics that would shape the elections in late February. It was not marginal either but rather nonexistent. Polls were showing that Slovakia was getting ready for the big “change”, meaning the removal of Robert Fico from power.

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Zuzana Kepplova

#DemocraCE Fellow. Columnist, writer and an editor of the opinion section at the leading Slovak newspaper, SME.

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