Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Slovakia on 25 May 2019.
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.
- Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Slovakia
Politico: 2019 European elections Slovakia
EurActiv, 24/04/2019: EU country briefing: Slovakia
The Slovak Spectator, 02/05/2019: EP elections 2019: Slovak parties and their European families
VOXeurop, 09/05/2019: A surprising source of hope
The Slovak Spectator, 09/05/2019: Slovaks like the EU but they are not motivated to vote
Balkan Insight, 21/05/2019: EU Election Ignites Extreme Passions in Slovakia
EurActiv, 22/05/2019: #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?
Fair Observer, 24/05/2019: How Will Slovakia Vote in the European Elections?
Euronews, 24/05/2019: How EU elections have seen far right rise in Slovakian politics
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Liberal coalition Progressive Slovakia/Together wins EU vote in Slovakia
EUObserver, 26/05/2019: Turnout up in Slovakia, with pro-EU liberals scoring high
The Slovak Spectator, 26/05/2019: EP election in Slovakia: Official results confirm the victory of pro-EU forces
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Slovakia
Election Results.eu: National Results Slovakia
- ESO Records
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019