|September 2011||Sovereign risk||Currency risk||Banking sector risk||Political risk||Economic structure risk||Country risk|
|The Slovak capital Bratislava, the economic hub of the country|
Slovakia is led by a four-party, right-wing coalition, in which the largest party is the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party (SDKU-DS the political party that brought about the 19% flat tax). The government has delivered pro-business changes that dilute workers' rights in the hope that will reduce the disincentives to hire people. This has dismayed many given widespread reform fatigue. Fiscal consolidation will be the main economic policy issue in the coming years.
The chances of the current coalition surviving until the election scheduled for 2014 are fair given that the overcast global environment does not favour major changes. But personal and programmatic clashes could bring it down before then. Real GDP growth is slowing in 2011 as the government is performing fiscal consolidation with a view to put aside funds in case there is a global crisis. Growth until 2015 will be slower than in the boom years but fairly fast in the chastened environment but at least this is not over levaraged unstable growth. Inflation is settling around 2.5% in 2012-15. The current account is expected to register deficits averaging around 3.4% in 2011-15.
Political outlook The centre-right ruling coalition turned one year old in July. Coalition parties have shown resilience despite frequent disputes. Disagreements between ruling parties could spill over in late 2011 when parliament debates the government's recent decision to sanction Slovakia's financial contribution to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) from 2013.