A Right-Wing Party Rises in Slovakia

Stratfor, November 27, 2013

Summary

One of Slovakia’s eight administrative regions, Banska Bystrica, will soon be governed by a far-right nationalist. On Nov. 24, Marian Kotleba, the candidate for the People’s Party-Our Slovakia, won 55 percent of the vote in a runoff election after having received roughly 21 percent in the first round. While moderates still dominate Slovak politics, far-right parties are becoming an acceptable political alternative in the country–a trend that can be seen elsewhere in Europe.

Analysis

Kotleba has been involved in far-right politics for at least a decade. In 2005, he created the far-right Slovak Togetherness-National Party (also known as the Slovak Congregation), which had pronounced anti-Roma and anti-Semitic rhetoric. It also had a strong anti-globalization platform, as evidenced by its opposition to Slovakia’s membership in NATO, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. After 2008, the group was no longer allowed to run for office, but it remained an active civic organization.

In 2010, Kotleba created a new party, the People’s Party-Our Slovakia. The party received only 1.3 percent of the vote in the 2010 general elections and 1.5 percent of the vote in the 2012 general elections. However, it performed relatively well in Banska Bystrica, where Kotleba is from. In that region, the People’s Party-Our Slovakia received 10 percent of the vote in the 2009 regional elections.

Kotleba’s victory in the 2013 regional elections stems from several factors. First, he hails from the region and has a relatively strong voting base there. Second, he won over anti-establishment voters. The center-right Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party was largely discredited after the government of former Prime Minister Iveta Radicova was implicated in a corruption scandal and lost a vote of confidence in 2011. The center-left Smer party of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who succeeded Radicova in 2012, is quite popular, but Vladimir Manka, the region’s Smer candidate and incumbent governor, is not. Slovakia’s political elites are also responsible for the results in Banska Bystrica; the moderate political parties in the region failed to reach an agreement to join forces against Kotleba in the runoff election.

In addition, Kotleba has substantially improved his image in recent months. During the campaigns of the 2000s, he was often seen wearing black uniforms and espousing pro-Nazi sentiment. This time, his attire was more muted, and his campaign focused more on job creation than on racial hatred, mentioning the “gypsy threat” only sporadically. Like many center-right and nationalist parties across Europe, Kotleba has toned down his rhetoric somewhat in order to portray himself as a valid option for moderate voters.

A Matter of Ethnicity

Banska Bystrica, the fifth-most populous administrative region in Slovakia, is significant even though it is not particularly wealthy. In Slovakia, prosperity is determined partly by geography. Western regions are more prosperous than the rest of the country because of their proximity to Central European markets. As a result, the areas surrounding Bratislava in the far west are connected to the Germanic world and have low unemployment rates and strong economies. Banska Bystrica is in the center, so it is not as rich as Bratislava, but it is also not as poor as the eastern regions.

Its significance pertains more to demography and ethnicity. Because of its proximity to Hungary, the region has a relatively large Hungarian community (around 12 percent of the overall population, or three percentage points higher than the national average). More important, it has a relatively large Roma community. Precise data is difficult to obtain, but Banska Bystrica likely is home to one of the largest Roma communities in Slovakia, which lists the ethnic group as its third largest. Roughly 20 percent of the country’s Roma are thought to live in Banska Bystrica.

Whereas in northern Europe the main targets of far-right parties are the Muslim minorities, in Central and Eastern Europe the main objects of scorn are the Roma. In Hungary, strong anti-Roma rhetoric and the association of Gypsies with criminal activity are key elements of the nationalist Jobbik party’s agenda. A similar trend is underway in Bulgaria, where Roma have been denounced by the nationalist Ataka party.

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  • Spartacus
    • gregCall

      Being from Florida and having worked in Miami many times I have had the good fortune to become friends with many people from Eastern Europe. I became very good friends with a Croatian, a Romanian, and was friends in to lesser degree with a few Serbs, a Hungarian and a few others. One thing I can say is all came here from their respective countries after the breakup of the Soviet Union and all were very proud of their nations but all were very critical of us going down the road to ruination that their countries had recently escaped.
      I really respected them in the sense that they all were very nationalist in a way that few American will ever be.

  • Jefferson

    Have Whites in Chicongo and New York City for example become more conservative from being surrounded by so much vibrant diversity from the dark continent of Africa ?

    • curri

      They showed their “conservatism” by moving to other locations. Those whites that remain in those cities have made their peace with Diversity.

    • curri

      South Side Chicago whites marching against blacks in the 1970s at you tube (dot) com/watch?v=YhxyXCMfLY8. The leader of the resistance turned out to be a half-J-sh pedophile, but that has no relevance to the display of popular sentiment.

      • ThomasER916

        I grew up on the South Side. I grew up around blacks after King was already dead. The problem with King is he never had to live with blacks like we did. We were not black and they knew it. When blacks attack, rob, and rape whites it’s always the fault of the white. In those days blacks were responsible for their own actions. Whites didn’t grow up feeling guilty for nothing. With me and many other whites on the South Side, that didn’t change with time. King’s march was a con job on whites. He should have been marching blacks straight to Africa.

  • Winston_Jack

    Now THESE are the kind of people other nationalist parties like Jobbik should be reaching out to.

  • Winston_Jack

    Now THESE are the kind of folks other nationalist parties like Jobbik should be reaching out to.

  • joesolargenius

    It is difficult to lock up your relatives and every black family has it’s share of criminals!

  • bigone4u

    Not being an expert in Slovakia all I can say is that the trend to nationalism worldwide is encouraging. The globalists (Illuminati, NWO, banksters–whatever you call them) are finally experiencing opposition to their well-crafted plans to create a single world government lording it over an undifferentiated mass of racially mixed tax and debt slaves who have no bloodlines, culture, or even history to defend. Besides, I saw a picture of .Kotleba and his followers, all dressed in impressive black leather jackets and coats. The look screams that they mean business.

  • Sick of it

    There are Christian Democratic Parties all over Europe which are NOT conservative, favor anti-Christian laws, and push forward globalism as much as possible. What a coincidence. Angela Merkel heads the one in Germany.

  • Spartacus

    The problem isn’t really that big if the situation is anything like it is here in Romania. Tons of gypsies have left for the west, and most of them don’t intend to come back. I have a friend in the rural area in Oltenia, where there were always a lot of gypsies, and he told me that the gypsy village on the other side of the hill is nearly deserted, with at least two-thirds of the entire population moving to foreign lands, especially France and Britain. He asked one of them why specifically those two countries, and the reply he got was, and I quote from memory, “Those stupid westerners give us more money, and if someone hits us for stealing, he goes to prison for being racist, because we have human rights there.” . Charming, aren’t they?

    • newscomments70

      In England, the Roma “youth” like to prey on soft targets. In the neighborhoods that they invade, they especially like to harass the elderly. One older gentleman, who was interviewed, reported that some 14-15 year olds surrounded his wife and said something like, “you do what we say now! you old (insert every horrible profanity you can think of).” When the English coupled called the police, the police did nothing. When they complained to the Labour councilman, they were accused of being racist and out of touch.

      • Jackryanvb

        Terrible. The truth is England lost World War II. It’s been mostly all downhill since then, though there was a brief restoration under Thatcher.

  • Paleoconn

    Czechs and Slovaks are quite different than their central Euro neighbors Hungary, so I trust their rhetoric will be slightly divergent at least from Jobbik’s ‘Islam is the future’.

  • Jackryanvb

    Central and Eastern Europe sound great.

  • A million thanks for this utterly fascinating video. It’s pretty gross near the end with the police attacking the trapped football fans.

    Pro-whites and various national groups in various countries need to come to constructive ideas about this sort of thing, and they can, provided they have some intelligence. Lack of intelligence runs on all sides. There are constructive non-emotional solutions to these issues, and unless the various nationalist groups are more involved with such solutions, and vocalize such issues, then I condemn them as harmful to pro-whites and to various groups pro-various nationalities.
    A pan-nationalist committee or whatever should study this video and the issues implied by it.

  • MikeofAges

    I have thought sometimes that the United States made a terrible mistake in spending our treasure propping up decadent Europe following the end of World War II. For a “strong hand” government, communism was not the best choice, but there were not any alternatives. The communist governments in Eastern Europe made some progress in forcing the Romani to adapt and assimilate.

    People have no idea how messed up Europe is historically. The fixes they have chosen — fascism, Bolshevism, Nazism — show it. Living on American welfare was a great deal for Europe, but it bled us to death. Better that they had been forced to take their medicine. Too late now, though.

  • David Brims

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