Information on previous elections
+ Slovak presidential election, 2019
+ Slovak parliamentary election, 2016
+ Slovak presidential election, 2014
+ Slovak parliamentary election, 2012
+ Slovak Parliamentary Election, 2010
Political instability in Slovakia following assassination of journalist
The eighth parliamentary election since Slovakian independence in the 1990's, the 2020 election was presumed to be a referendum on the ruling party of 8 years, SMER-SD. Having long been embroiled in corruption scandals, SMER was dealt a blow by having been implicated in the recent assassination of a journalist who had been reporting on corruption.
This framing of the election, however, was upended by to the rise of a neo-fascist party, People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS). An anti-immigrant, anti-semitic, conservative nationalist party, LSNS has created strange bedfellows as a variety of parties have agreed to a cordon sanitare to keep them from power, and from entering government. While corruption was still a salient political matter, it was overall eclipsed by the rise of the LSNS and their hateful rhetoric.
- Commentary and Analysis
EU Observer, 28/01/2020: How Slovakia's far-right might pull off an election victory
The Slovak Spectator, 12/02/2020: Slovak election to test Orbán’s clout among ethnic Hungarians
Balkan Insight, 18/02/2020: Slovak democracy seen at stake in make-or-break election
Balkan Insight, 24/02/2020: Don't underestimate Slovakia's neo-nazi threat
Quartz, 25/02/2020: The rise of yet another neofascist party expands Europe’s populist reach
Balkan Insight, 26/02/2020: Kotleba: Slovak extremist who made far right fashionable
The Slovak Spectator, 26/02/2020: Slovakia votes: What is at stake in the 2020 election (overview)
Eu Observer, 27/02/2020'Fragmented' Slovakia votes amid corruption woes
Visegrad/Insight, 27/02/2020: Not Another Miracle
Euronews, 28/02/2020: Will Slovakia's pro-European surge continue in Saturday's election?
The Star, 28/02/2020: Center-right opposition leads polls ahead of Slovakian vote
Al Jazeera, 28/02/2020: Liberal democracy at stake in Slovakia's parliamentary vote
Euronews, 28/02/2020: Slovakia at crossroads as vote pits populists against liberals
The Conversation, 27/02/2020: Slovakia: election sees parties changing direction to keep the far right out of power
The Independent, 13/01/2020: Neo-Nazis on course to win second place in Slovakia election next month
Romea.CZ, 20/01/2020: Slovakia: Romani people protest against Fascists in the east
The Slovak Spectator, 22/01/2020: Thousands of Slovaks abroad to vote in the 2020 elections
The Slovak Spectator, 29/01/2020: Election by mail: Some Slovaks received incomplete sets of ballots
IQ Magazine, 20/01/2020: Slovak pubs to host anti-fascist festival
The Slovak Spectator, 14/02/2020: 2020 election sees unprecedented mobilisation of Roma
The New York Times, 21/02/2020: Slovaks Remember Murdered Journalist Before Election That May Oust Ruling Party
Al Jazeera, 21/02/2020: Murder, mafia and Nazis loom over Slovak election
Eurotopics, 28/02/2020: Elections in Slovakia: another swing to the right?