2019 European Parliament election in Slovakia

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Slovakia on 25 May 2019.

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The electoral campaign was dominated by domestic topics, such as the healthcare system.

Polls indicated that ruling social-democrat SMER-SD could become the strongest force. PS, which made a coalition with the liberal-conservative SPOLU party (Slovakia-SPOLU) were set to become second, closely followed by economically liberal and Eurosceptic SaS. Far-right L' SNS and Sme Rodina had also chances to gain seats in the European Parliament.

Slovakia-SPOLU, scored a surprising victory, coming first with 20,11%. SMER-SD, party of former Prime Minister Roberto Fico, came second with 15,72%, nearly 9% less than the party received five years ago. L'SNS won 12,07% of the votes. Sme Rodina did not gain a seat in the European Parliament, only getting 3,23% of the votes.

The voter turnout was 22,7% - a substantial improvement over 2014, when only 13,03% voted in the European election, the lowest turnout in all Europe.

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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Slovakia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Slovakia
Politico: 2019 European elections Slovakia https://www.politico.eu/2019-european-elections/slovakia/
EurActiv, 24/04/2019: EU country briefing: Slovakia https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-slovakia/
The Slovak Spectator, 02/05/2019: EP elections 2019: Slovak parties and their European families https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22111435/ep-elections-2019-slovak-parties-and-their-european-families.html
VOXeurop, 09/05/2019: A surprising source of hope https://voxeurop.eu/en/2019/27-voices-europe-slovakia-5123130
The Slovak Spectator, 09/05/2019: Slovaks like the EU but they are not motivated to vote https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22127048/european-parliament-election-far-right-chances.html
Balkan Insight, 21/05/2019: EU Election Ignites Extreme Passions in Slovakia https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/21/eu-election-ignites-extreme-passions-in-slovakia/
EurActiv, 22/05/2019: #EU2019 – Slovakia: Far-right and new parties expected to boost voter turnout https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/eu2019-slovakia-far-right-and-new-parties-expected-to-boost-voter-turnout/
GLOBSEC, 23/05/2019: Slovak Fight for the Seats in the European Parliament: Who is bringing Europe to the spotlight of the campaign? https://www.globsec.org/2019/05/23/slovak-fight-for-the-seats-in-the-european-parliament-who-is-bringing-europe-to-the-spotlight-of-the-campaign/
Fair Observer, 24/05/2019: How Will Slovakia Vote in the European Elections? https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/slovakia-european-election-european-union-parliament-eu-world-news-today-89321/
Euronews, 24/05/2019: How EU elections have seen far right rise in Slovakian politics https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/23/how-eu-elections-have-seen-far-right-rise-in-slovakian-politics

News
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Liberal coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together wins EU vote in Slovakia https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-election-slovakia/liberal-coalition-progressive-slovakia-together-wins-eu-vote-in-slovakia-idUSKCN1SW0XF
EUObserver, 26/05/2019: Turnout up in Slovakia, with pro-EU liberals scoring high https://euobserver.com/eu-election/144990
The Slovak Spectator, 26/05/2019: EP election in Slovakia: Official results confirm the victory of pro-EU forces https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22130284/ep-election-in-slovakia-official-results-confirm-pro-eu-forces-prevailed.html

Official
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Slovakia https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/slovakia
Election Results.eu: National Results Slovakia https://election-results.eu/national-results/slovakia/2019-2024/

ESO Records
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/

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