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Slovak far-right makes poll gains on fear of migrants
by Laszlo Juhasz
A Slovak extreme right nationalist party made spectacular gains in weekend elections thanks to anti-migrant sentiment in the EU member state and Prime Minister Robert Fico's decision to tap into it on the campaign trail, analysts say.
The head of the LS-Nase Slovensko (Our Slovakia) party, 38-year-old Marian Kotleba, "is a neo-Nazi" who reaped the benefits of Fico's "nationalist rhetoric regarding migrants" according to analyst Samuel Abraham.
"His rising support does not surprise me. It has always been here. All societies have a 10 to 12 percent share of extremists and Slovakia is no exception," added the expert, head of the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts.
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