Robert Fico has begun his third term as Slovakia’s prime minister by stepping up his anti-Muslim rhetoric just weeks before the country takes over the EU Council presidency.
“It may look strange but sorry … Islam has no place in Slovakia,” Fico told the TASRnewswire Wednesday. The problem is not migrants coming in, he said, but “rather in them changing the face of the country.”
An official from the European People’s Party told POLITICO last week that no one in Brussels is enthusiastic about the Slovak presidency.
“We are in the middle of a huge reform on migration, and we’re almost over,” the official said. “How are we going to be led by a country which will torpedo any plan on migration?”