Slovak National Party

Published 31st January, 2012

The Slovak National Party or SNS was founded in 1990, opposed to European Union and NATO membership. It describes itself as far-right and believes in Slovak ultra nationalism, right-wing populism and Euroscepticism.

In the 1990 election the party took 22 of the 150 seats in the National Council. That figure dropped to 15 seats in the 1992 election, between October 1993 and March 1994 it was part of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) led government.

In 1994 the party dropped back further to nine seats but remained in the new HZDS coalition, being given two ministerial portfolios.

In 1998 the party did a little better, going back up to 14 seats but went in to opposition. Following a damaging ideological split in the party, they failed to cross the 5% threshold in the 2002 election, taking just 3.3% of the vote.

By 2006 the party had reunited and in the election of that year it won 20 seats and a role in the Smer government of Robert Fico. In 2010 the Slovak National Party dropped back once more to just nine seats in the 150 member National Council.

The Slovak National Party won one of the 13 national seats to the European Parliament in 2009 and is a member of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group.

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