Slovakia’s fragmented post-election scene raises concerns in Prague
The outcome of Slovakia’s general elections over the weekend, which left the established parties badly weakened and opened the door to several newcomers including a far-right party, has evoked concern in the Czech Republic. Politicians in Prague point out that the fragmented post-election scene will make it hard, if not impossible, to form a stable government.
“In 2016 Europe faces major challenges and we need to be able to reach agreement on key issues, both within the Visegrad Four and within Europe. For that one needs stable governments and forming a stable government in Slovakia under the present circumstances will not be easy.”
The head of the Czech Christian Democrats, Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Bělobrádek voiced the widespread concern of politicians in Prague over the unexpected gains of Kotleba’s far right grouping.
“This marks a rise of nationalist and I would even say semi-fascist parties which is not good news.”
Czech politicians have wished Slovakia success is forming a stable administration, but skepticism abounds and there are fears that the outcome of the Slovak elections could seriously complicate future negotiations both within Visegrad, which the Czech Republic currently presides over, and within the EU. Analysts say Slovakia’s far-right groups capitalized on the anti-immigration rhetoric of the mainstream parties, particularly that of Prime Minister Robert Fico – and that is seen as a warning to politicians in the Czech Republic where some of the established parties have recently indulged in similar practices.