Veteran PM Robert Fico’s left-wing Smer party finished first, although, not many predicted a bright future for the sovereignist politician after his resignation as head-of-government in 2018. The pro-West liberal Progressive Slovakia party came in second, while the pro-EU social democratic Hlas received the third most votes. Led by ex-PM Peter Pellegrini, the latter party found itself in the kingmaker's position in the government coalition formation process as a result of the long-awaited early parliamentary election in Slovakia. “Far above the Tatras, lightning bolts are pounding” – In our newest podcast episode, Dr. Jaroslav Ušiak from the Matej Bel University guides us through the political storms of Slovakia.