Slovakia's Fico eyes victory in boon to EU's anti-refugee east

Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico addresses supporters during an election rally on March 2, 2016 in BratislavaSlovaks voted in a general election Saturday expected to hand firebrand leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico a third term on the back of a staunchly anti-refugee platform. Arguing that jihadists posing as refugees could infiltrate the European Union, the populist Fico has insisted on “monitoring every Muslim” in predominantly Catholic Slovakia after November’s attacks in Paris. “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,” Fico told thousands at a pre-election rally in Bratislava for his Smer-Social Democracy (Smer-SD) party.

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