Following the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak, members of the Slovak government are under pressure. The country's Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and Prime Minister Robert Fico have already resigned.
Jan Kuciak had been investigating the suspect's business activities when he and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, were shot dead last year. The murders sparked massive protests and prompted the prime minister to resign.
The European Parliament has backed new rules to protect whistleblowers from reprisals. European Union lawmakers say they want to look out for those people who bring scandals to light.
The lawyer and activist Zuzana Caputova appears set to win Saturday's runoff election. Such a development could have a strong impact on Slovakia — and perhaps inspire neighboring countries also fed up with corruption.
Zuzana Caputova has been elected president of Slovakia, by a large majority. Her win highlights a trend in the region that has received little attention to date: the desire to put an end to populism and demagoguery.
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