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In Between Europe #20: Presidential election in Slovakia

This podcasts looks at how progressive newcomer Zuzana Čaputová secured a surprise victory in Slovakia’s presidential elections this past weekend.

April 3, 2019 - Adam Reichardt - Blogs and podcasts

Zuzana Čaputová, President-elect of Slovakia. Photo Slavomír Frešo (CC) commons.wikimedia.org

In the latest episode of the “In Between Europe” podcast, we talk about what led to her success and what it means for the future of the country with Oľga Gyárfášova, the director of the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava.

Resources:

The Winter of Our Discontent, Olga Gyarfasova, Visegrad Insight, 27 April 2018

Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia, Dariusz Kalan, Foreign Policy, 28 March 2019

Hailed by Liberals, Slovakia’s First Female President is Under a Lot of Pressure to Turn the of Populism, Emily Tamkin, Washington Post, 1 April 2019

The Fourth Generation: From Anti-Establishment to Anti-System Parties in Slovakia, Olga Gyarfasova, New Perspectives, Volume 26, Nr. 1/2018


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Zselyke Csaky is a research director for Europe & Eurasia at Freedom House. She regularly writes about Central Europe and issues related to human rights.

Gergely Romsics is a senior fellow with the Research Center for the Humanities–Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His interests include the study of ideologies and political theory in Central Europe. 

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