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Slovakia, Greece in diplomatic row over migrants

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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]