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Slovakia, Greece in diplomatic row over migrants

Slovakia, Greece in diplomatic row over migrants

Slovakia’s foreign ministry has accused the Greek ambassador to Bratislava of meddling in the country's internal affairs over his criticism of Prime Minister Robert Ficos anti-migrant stance in the election campaign.

Campaigning on an anti-migrant ticket, Ficos leftist Smer-Social Democracy party won the ballot Saturday with 28.3 percent of the vote, or 49 seats in the 150-seat Parliament and needs coalition partners to rule.

President Andrej Kiska has asked Fico to try to form a government. If he fails, it would give a chance to a center-right coalition government.

In an interview with the Dennik N newspaper Tuesday, ambassador Nicolas Plexidas said Fico contributed to the rise of xenophobia in Slovakia and the surprise election success of a neo-Nazi party.

The ministry says Plexidas' comments are “unacceptable.”

[AP]