IDMonSite – Tomáš Strážay

October 3, 2023
15:00 - 16:30 CEST/CET

The early parliamentary elections held on 30 September 2023 in Slovakia are perceived as a battle between autocracy and democracy, populism and liberalism. Polarized Slovak society must decide between the continuation of a conservative future, symbolized by the SMER-SDD party of long-time Prime Minister Robert Fico, and the liberal change presented by Progressive Slovakia and its leader Michal Šimečka. 

Who has most effectively succeeded in mobilizing and convincing Slovaks and which parties will be invited to join the future coalition? Considering the election outcome, how stable will the upcoming government be, and will it be able to endure for the four-year election cycle? What socio-political consequences will these elections have for the domestic and foreign policy of Slovakia? 

Daniel Martinek (IDM) talks with Tomáš Strážay, Director of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) in Bratislava. 

Tomas Strazay, PhD, has been the director of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) since September 2019. Prior to that, he served as deputy director and head of the Central and Southeastern Europe research program. He was also the editor of the quarterly International Issues and Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs. Tomáš is a leading expert in projects focused on regional cooperation in Central Europe and EU enlargement. He is one of the founders of the Think Visegrad–V4 Think Tank Platform. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava in 1999 and received his PhD from the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 2010. 

Date and time: Tuesday, 3 October 2023 | 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

Venue: IDM YouTube Channel

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