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The Institute for Politics and Society invites you to participate in a public debate "on the Slovak Parliamentary elections: Continuity, or a chance for a change?"

The first Saturday in March 2016 will see elections to the Slovak National Council of the Slovak Republic and it seems that they will again have a clear winner. At the end of his first government, Robert Fico assured reporters that he will not still be in politics in 2014. He spoke in regards to the political fate of his predecessors Vladimir Meciar and Mikulas Dzurinda, and the same scenario predicted by most analysts. Despite this, he is the clear favourite according to polls.

How does one explain that despite the many corruption cases, the party of the current Prime Minister continues to enjoy strong voter support? Even for traditionally turbulent Slovak conditions, the political right has suffered unprecedented fragmentation. Several parties teeter on the edge of five percent, which guarantees entry into Parliament. Why are right-wing voter waiting in vain for a stabile situation on the right? Is there currently an opposition personality who would be able to initiate the integration of Slovak right? Is this integration desirable? And will Slovakia see the first real competent leftist government since 2002?

Debate with the following speakers:

Michal Šimečka, Researcher, Institute of International Relations in Prague

Lubomír Kopeček, a political scientist at Masaryk University in Brno

Luboš Palata, editor of MF Dnes

Štefan Hríb, chief editor of the weekly Slovak Week

The debate will be moderated by Mariánom Koreňom (Institute for Politics and Society). The debate will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 18:00 at the Faculty of Social Sciences – Hollar, room H215, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1. The event will be in Czech and admission will be free.