Current Right-Wing Extremism and Ultranationalism in Slovakia

The Institute for Public Affairs in cooperation with Hanns Seidel Foundation released a publication Current Right-Wing Extremism and Ultranationalism in Slovakia: State, Trends, Support (in Slovak: Súčasný pravicový extrémizmus a ultranacionalizmus na Slovensku. Stav, trendy a podpora).

Authors of the publication Oľga Gyárfášová and Grigorij Mesežnikov analyse the current socio-political context, Slovak right-wing extremist and ultra-nationalist scene. The publication contains a chapter about People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) (election results, party profile, personal background, current activities), a description of socio-demographic structure of its electorate, with incentives and sources of support. The authors also focus on a demand for right-wing extremism, on a political and public debate about right-wing extremism, radical nationalism and fascism after the 2016 parliamentary election and on a public opinion representing a fertile ground for right-wing extremism.

The publication is a response to a situation, when the results of the 2016 parliamentary election have changed an overall configuration of the party system in Slovakia. One of the signs of this change was electing an anti-establishment political force to the National Council of the Slovak Republic - a party whose activities and profile deny basic principles of a liberal democracy. It is needed to analyse a rise of this power and an expansion of its electorate as factors affecting political development and a public discourse in the country. 

Download: Súčasný pravicový extrémizmus a ultranacionalizmus na Slovensku. Stav, trendy a podpora [pdf]

Publication was released in 2017 also in German.

On 29 November 2016 was the publication introduced at a press conference in Bratislava with the participation of authors Grigorij Mesežnikov and Oľga Gyárfášová. Introductory remarks were delivered by Martin Kastler (Regional Representative of the Hanns Seidel Stiftung in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary).

The publication was introduced by (from left): Oľga Gyárfášová (author), Grigorij Mesežnikov (author), Martin Kastler (Hanns Seidel Foundation) and Katarína Kissová (Hanns Seidel Foundation).

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