Pandemic strengthened far right in Europe, extremists most active on Facebook in Slovakia too

ĽSNS linked the pandemic to anti-migration sentiments.

Luboš Blaha of Smer (l) and Marian Kotleba of ĽSNS (r) came to talk to the protesters.Luboš Blaha of Smer (l) and Marian Kotleba of ĽSNS (r) came to talk to the protesters. (Source: TASR)

Slovakia’s Far-Right ĽSNS party commented on the pandemic the most on Facebook, right after the ruling OĽaNO party.

This is a conclusion of a study published on December 1, 2021, by Mercator Forum Migration und Demokratie (MIDEM) at the Technical University of Dresden.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Scientists analysed the posts of right-wing populist parties on official Facebook pages in 12 countries, including Slovakia, the DPA agency reported. The section of the study dedicated to Slovakia compared the Facebook posts of six political groups which gained political power after elections in February 2020.

Specifically, the study reported the extent to which populist parties mobilised with the onset of Covid-19 and determined if the pandemic caused different problems to emerge, such as immigration, that the far-right could use for the mobilisation of voters.

All relevant political parties in Slovakia, according to the authors of the study, gave a lot of attention to the pandemic: the share of observed posts between March 1, 2020, and April 31, 2021, moved from about 17 percent (liberal SaS) to 31 percent (OĽaNO).

The Sme Rodina (We Are Family) movement, which the study classified as far-right, shared only 66 posts regarding different topics; however, 20 of those were related to the pandemic.

Sme Rodina's stances changed while in power

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

News digest: Omicron not prevailing yet, but new measures will be applied

New rules come into force tomorrow. Some flights from Košice suspended. Train carrier will not dispatch dozens of trains.

10 h
Entry conditions change as the Omicron wave is set to arrive in Slovakia.

UPDATED: Booster dose opens way to vast benefits. These are Slovakia's measures against Omicron (Q & A)

The new OP+ regime grants benefits to people with three doses or a combination of vaccine and recovery from Covid. Rules should apply all through the wave, government promises.

17. jan
Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok (left) and Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď (right)

Slovak-US defence pact encounters fierce resistance

A planned bilateral defence agreement between NATO allies Slovakia and the US has highlighted once again the sharp divisions that exist in Slovak politics and society over Russia.

16 h
Skryť Close ad