Elections in Slovakia: liberal and illiberal worldviews compete

Kursnummer: 14320

Europe 2020: Avoiding electoral surprises
Part 23: Elections in Slovakia: liberal and illiberal worldviews compete

When:  Tuesday 18 February 2020, from 9:30 to 12:30
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna
Seminar language: English
Registration deadline:  14 February 2020

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Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.

Background

Slovakia’s general elections scheduled for 29 February 2020 are perceived as a battle between populists, far-right extremists and liberal politicians inspired by the progressive President Zuzana Čaputová, elected in 2019.

While Čaputová’s victory was hailed in Europe as defeat of the far-right extremism in Central Europe, the pre-election opinion polls indicate that the extremists may be the second most voted party, if not the most voted.

Some commentators have described this election as a fight for the democratic future of Slovakia: voters will decide if they want the country to be more like illiberal democracies in neighbouring Poland and Hungary or stay on a steady pro-European course.

The sociologist Michal Vašečka will analyse the Slovak society and trace the origins of voters’ political preferences, while the political scientist Aneta Világi will explain the political landscape: which values and policies do different political options promote?

Speakers

Michal Vašečka, sociologist, Associate Professor, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA); director. Bratislava Policy Institute, and a head of the Media Studies Department, Paneuropean University, Bratislava.

Aneta Világi, political scientist, Assistant Professor, Comenius University, Bratislava, and Vice Dean for International Relations at its Faculty of Arts.

Format

Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.

Number of participants: Maximum 15

Prerequisite

Read the provided material before the session.

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

18.02.202009:30 - 12:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Michal Vašečka, Aneta Világi
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien