The affluent Slovak town where neo-fascism is vogue

Economically blessed and socially stable, a town in Slovakia has experts rethinking conventional wisdom about what drives people to support the far right.

Hlohovec Castle (Source:
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Life is good in Hlohovec, a castle town nestled on the banks of the Váh river in southwestern Slovakia. With a thriving auto industry, it has one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates. Salaries here are 10 percent above average.

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But that is not all that bucks the national trend. So does support for the radical right.

In recent European Parliament elections, 16 percent of voters in the Hlohovec district backed the People’s Party - Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), widely seen as neo-fascist. In one of the town’s electoral districts, support for the party topped 30 percent.

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That compared with 12 percent backing for ĽSNS nationwide, putting it in third place behind a coalition of progressive parties and the ruling Smer party.

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