|Slovak PM Iveta Radicova (left) with Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)|
Well placed observers believe that the country will be led by a grand coalition of the left and the right, a bit like Ms Merkel's coalition with the SPD in Germany.
The female PM Ms Radicova is not likely to stay. It is hard to say whether the real instrument of her downfall was her fractious coalition ally.
The challenges of the global situation necessitate national unity and resolve.