About this event

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group invite you to a virtual discussion with Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic.

Over the past several years, the transatlantic community, governments, and citizens, including Slovakia, have faced several burgeoning challenges that impact security, economic and political stability, and short- and long-term outlooks. Today, we see increased global and regional democratic backsliding, challenges to transparent governance, the rise of authoritarianism, assertive moves from countries including China and Russia, repeated attacks on the rules-based international order, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a deepening climate crisis. These issues create new challenges and opportunities for governments, the public and private sectors, and civil society across the transatlantic community, including nations like Slovakia.

Prime Minister Heger and the coalition government sworn in at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 have sought to strengthen Slovakia’s democracy and commitment to rule of law at home and abroad and has expanded its leadership role in the EU and transatlantic community while addressing the impacts of the coronavirus. During our conversation with Prime Minister Heger he will discuss Slovakia’s democracy agenda and how his government intends to further its commitments to restore trust in democratic institutions and build deeper transatlantic cooperation and coordination to address regional and global health, climate, and economic issues. What role will Slovakia play in Central Europe and as a member of NATO and the EU to address security challenges that threaten the alliance and its partners?

GMF and TDWG greatly appreciate the support of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, DC, in organizing this conversation with Prime Minister Heger.


  • Eduard Heger, Prime Minister, the Slovak Republic


  • Martina Hrvolová, Fellow, Democracy Initiatives, German Marshall Fund of the United States


  • Jonathan Katz, Senior Fellow and Director, Democracy Initiatives, German Marshall Fund of the United States

If you have any questions, please contact John Alexander at [email protected].