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.


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?


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.


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

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

Number of participants: Maximum 15


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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