Why this story matters:
For years, Slovakia has lacked a strong liberal party, and many liberal voters have complained that it left them without a candidate to support. But Progressive Slovakia plans to change that.
The new political group is promoting itself as a democratic leftist party that will bring a rational discussion to Slovak politics -- not just populist slogans.
The party's chairman, IT entrepreneur Ivan Štefunko, brought together experts and educated Slovaks living in Slovakia or abroad to form the new party, which aims to get more than 10 percent of the vote in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Details from the story:
- Three out of five vice chairmen of Progresívne Slovensko are women -- a rarity in Slovak political parties.
- The new party supports LGBT people and minorities and does not have a strong anti-immigrant rhetoric.
- In September 2017, Progressive Slovakia met with leaders of other liberal and progressive parties from different countries and signed a declaration of cooperation.