Slovakia’s Presidential Vote Will Test the Political Winds in Central Europe

Zuzana Caputova, a candidate in Slovakia’s presidential election, prepares for a debate at a TV studio in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 13, 2019 (Photo by Mikula Martin for CTK via AP Images).
Zuzana Caputova, a candidate in Slovakia’s presidential election, prepares for a debate at a TV studio in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 13, 2019 (Photo by Mikula Martin for CTK via AP Images).
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The murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusirova, just over a year ago stunned Slovakia. Sunday’s presidential election will show if the shock was sharp enough to shake up a political scene long criticized for corruption and cronyism. Although the shooter, driver and other middlemen are all in jail, it took until today, March 14—two days before the election—for police to formally charge a suspect for ordering the February 2018 killing of Kuciak and Kusirova: Marian Kocner, a businessman with links to the ruling Smer party. The investigative journalist had been probing Kocner’s businesses. The murder sparked […]

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