The two main issues that caused the current fragmented party configuration were widespread anti-migrant xenophobic feelings following the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe and corruption. The Fico government had been more and more characterized by its confrontational approach toward the media, attempts to further concentrate power, and open clientelism.

With GDP growing by 3.4% in 2017 and 4% in 2018, the Slovak economy remained among the fastest growing EU and OECD economies. Long-term economic prospects are limited by inadequate infrastructure, the lack of skilled labor and limited research and innovation activities.

Corruption is the most sensitive political problem undermining political stability, good governance and the quality of democracy in Slovakia.

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