Slovakia Tries to Mask Its ‘Oligarchic Democracy’ With Strong EU Ties

Slovakia Tries to Mask Its ‘Oligarchic Democracy’ With Strong EU Ties
Prime Minister Robert Fico, chairman of the Smer-Social Democracy party, addresses the media after Slovakia's general elections, Bratislava, March 6, 2016 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).

BRATISLAVA—The landslide electoral victory of a party founded by a brash billionaire in the Czech Republic last month seemed like just the latest sign of Central European politics becoming the domain of oligarchs. In nearby Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose illiberalism has rattled Europe for several years, has surrounded himself with friendly tycoons, doling out contracts to coddle government-friendly big business and consolidate his own political power. But for all the attention on Hungary and now the Czech Republic, where many fear what Andrej Babis will do if he is able to form a government and take power, the […]

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