Slovakia. The right-wing extremist People's Party Our
Slovakia, which was elected to Parliament in 2016, increased
its public support. According to
Countryaah.com, the party's nuclear troops conducted
well-attended demonstrations, and in March a counter-action
was held by anti-fascists marching through Bratislava. Two
of the party's MPs were indicted for incitement against
people, which pertained to Roma, Jews and Muslims. In May,
the state prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to ban and
dissolve the party. It was considered a threat to the
country's democratic system through fascist tendencies that
violate constitutional and international agreements.
In July, party leader Marian Kotleba was indicted for the
use of neo-Nazi symbols. The government decided during the
year to establish a special police force against terrorism,
extremism and hate crime.
During the spring, a demonstration was held in Bratislava
with thousands of participants protesting corruption and
demands for the departure of Interior Minister Robert
Kaliňak. He had business relationships with a
taxpayer-suspected entrepreneur and was accused of hindering
the investigation of the case. President Andrej Kiska
supported the demand for Kaliňak's departure, and the street
protests grew to about 10,000 participants in June.
Slovakia opposed the EU decision on land quotas for
redistributing refugees from Greece and Italy. Slovakia and
Hungary had appealed the EU decision, but in September the
European Court of Justice rejected the appeal. Prime
Minister Robert Fico said that the government respects the
court's ruling but maintains that the European Commission is
not entitled to force member states through majority
decisions. Slovakia's quota was 802 of the 160,000 refugees
to be redistributed. Up to the court's decision, the country
had received only a few of these.
The Slovak Nationalist Party (SNS) said in August that
the party was no longer stuck to the coalition agreement
with the Social Democratic Smer-SD and the Hungarian
minority party Most-Híd. Government crisis threatened, but
the parties managed to negotiate and continue to govern.
Prime Minister Fico hinted that a new election would mean
success for EU critics and threaten the government's quest
to be part of the EU's core.