Jewish Groups Alarmed After Slovakia Parliament Elections Saw Important Gains For Neo-Nazi Party

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Slovakia’s Social Democrat Prime Minister Robert Fico lost his parliamentary majority in Sunday’s elections which saw important gains for smaller parties, including the ‘’LS-Nase Slovensko’’ (‘’Our Slovakia’’) extreme-right party.

This party led by Marian Kotleba and which is a defender of Slovakia’s WWII role as a puppet state of Nazi Germany, gained 14 parliamentary seats in Slovakia’s elections, taking its place at the National Council or parliament for the first time. It scored 8 percent in an election that failed to produce a majority result and is considered as a ‘’big earthquake’’ in the country’s politics.

Another extreme-right party, the Slovak National Party (SNS), made it back into parliament after a four-year absence with 15 seats.

The governing coalition of Fico, which campaigned on an anti-migrant ticket, won 28.4 percent of the vote, or 49 seats in the 150-seat Parliament.

The Prime Minister has taken one of the toughest attitudes to the migration crisis among the European Union leaders. He was quoted as saying : “We’ll never bring even a single Muslim to Slovakia: we won’t create any Muslim communities here because they pose a serious security risk.”

Slovakia will take over the EU presidency in the second half of this year.

On Monday, Jewish groups voiced alarm and concern over the growth of neo-Nazi parties in Europe, citing also Svoboda in Ukraine and Golden Dawn in Greece.

“Once again we see hate-groups disguised as democratic parties enter European national parliaments,” he said. “This is an extremely worrying trend and something that all moderate parties and politicians from the Left and Right should work against,” declared European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor.

New York-based Anti Defamation League (ADL) recalled that Marian Kotleba and other members of the “People’s Party-Our Slovakia” part have expressed support for the Hlinka Guard, which was instrumental in deporting Slovakia’s Jews to death camps.

“An openly neo-Nazi party will now have a national platform, at the heart of Slovakia’s democracy, to spread its hate,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “All of the democratic parties which will sit with Kotleba and his fellow bigots must counter them at every turn.” Extreme-right parties have become the main opposition parties in France and the Netherlands.