* Slovakia. Conservative and centrist parties have emerged as the winners in Saturday’s vote, the Slovak statistics office said. They will now govern in five out of seven Slovak regions.
The EU’s new “Yes-Man” in Visegrad, the ex-communist Robert Fico, did very poorly. Fico’s Smer Party, which leads a three-party governing coalition, suffered one of its greatest defeats in recent history.
We shall find out more about the winners soon. In the meantime, we will focus our attention on Robert Fico’s Party (Smer) which will have regional governors in just two regions, having lost four governor’s seats in the vote. One of our readers from Slovakia tells us Fico and Smer are losing popularity. This could be the beginning of the end of Smer’s rule in Slovakia.
Saturday’s vote has “redrawn the political map of Slovakia,” said Grigorij Meseznikov, a political analyst. “The poor election results of the once-dominant Smer party could turn it into a party with less significance,” he said.
This cannot be good news for Brussels and their new “point man” (Fico) in Visegrad. Christian Kern (Austria) and Bohuslav Sobotka (Czech Republic) have been repudiated; now Fico is feeling the pressure.
Fico has given mixed messages. On one hand, he talks of embracing the EU Core of France and Germany. On the other hand, Fico claims he is still at odds with the migration agenda of Brussels. What Fico may not understand is that he cannot have it both ways. Angela Merkel herself has said EU Core “values” require “solidarity on migration”.
The political situation in Slovakia could be changing. What this means for Visegrad is unclear at the moment. However, regardless of the fate of Fico or Sobotka, the “V4” will keep moving forward.
The corruption surrounding Fico and his government may be finally catching up to him. Will Robert Fico turn out to be the “Donald Tusk of Slovakia”?
We hope to provide more information in the coming days as we learn more details.