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Far-right party crushed in Slovakia elections

Defeat compounded by People’s Party chairman losing seat

Slovakia’s neo-Nazi parliamentary party suffered a surprise defeat in regional elections on Saturday, bucking a trend of far-right gains across Europe.

Years of slow economic growth and the arrival of more than a million migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East has fuelled the rise of extreme right-wing groups in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in recent months.

Polls indicated Slovakia’s People’s Party, known for its anti-EU and anti-migrant rhetoric, had 10 per cent support after it entered parliament last year – making it the country’s third strongest group. (...)
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