DD Notes

Vol. 44, No. 1-2, March-June 2016

Marek Rybar & Anna Sovcikova
The 2015 Referendum in Slovakia

• The 2015 "Referendum on Family" was invalid due to insufficient turnout.
• It was the first referendum in Slovakia initiated not by political parties but by non-party political activists.
• A new Pro-Life and Pro-Family Social Movement was behind the petition initiative; it managed to mobilize about 10,000 volunteers and more than 100 pro-life civic associations.
• This dense and increasingly assertive network of activists has a potential to significantly influence Slovak politics in the years to come.