The self-appointed "Slovak Reserves" are seen as right-wing extremists. They claim they're needed to protect Slovakia against its enemies – among which they count refugees. And they're by no means alone in their far-right views.
Slovakia has bucked the trend of far-right gains in Europe, with the People's Party-Our Slovakia losing in regional polls. But the ruling leftist party Smer also took a hit.
DW talked to artist and filmmaker Tomáš Rafa whose video series "New Nationalism" about the rise of extremist tendencies in Europe is currently on display in New York.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has won Saturday's general election, but he'll have to team up with coalition partners if he's to form a government. Surprising gains by far-right extremists could complicate the task.
Leaders from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have said the EU needs to grant more autonomy to member states after the Brexit vote. Hungary has also warned about the link between migration and terrorism.
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