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Igor Matovic, leader of the Olano party, is a  millionaire former media owner.   Photograph: EPA/Martin  Divisek

Slovak opposition parties are holding talks to form a coalition government after beating the ruling Smer party in parliamentary elections dominated by(...)

Igor Matovic, leader of anti-graft political movement Olano, with supporters during a campaign meeting ahead of the country’s parliamentary election. Photograph:  Vladimir Simicek/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia’s parliamentary election on Saturday is set to be a battle between left- and right-leaning populists, as ruling party Smer tries to fend off (...)

An election poster of Slovakian prime minister and election leader of the Social Democracy (Smer) party Peter Pellegrini: may win by  a narrow margin, fuelling speculation it could join forces with followers of ultra-nationalist Marian Kotleba. Photograph: Gabriel Kuchta/Getty

Slovakia stands at a political crossroads ahead of Saturday’s parliamentary election, and its beleaguered Roma minority is being urged to mobilise to (...)