Cover Osteuropa 3/2016

In Osteuropa 3/2016

Unsuccessful Poker with the Refugee Crisis
The Parliamentary Election in Slovakia

Karin Rogalska

Deutsche Fassung


In Slovakia, the political landscape has eroded. The left-wing, populist party Smer-SD may have again become the strongest force in the National Assembly in the February 2016 election, however, with the worst election result since 2002. Therefore, it can present a new government only in coalition with three other parties. Robert Fico, the old and new prime minister, may have moderated his xenophobic rhetoric since the election campaign, and the ruling coalition may have committed itself to the European Union. But Bratislava has not wavered in its decision to take legal action against the European quota system for the distribution of refugees.

(Osteuropa 3/2016, pp. 43–50)