‘The Slovakebab’ and ‘Multicultural Pigsty’

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in Slovak Politics

16 December 2020

Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

The political debate about Islam in Slovakia is part of the broader Central European paradox. The migrant from the Middle East remains a predominantly imaginary figure in the region. However, political battles around “Muslim migration” can be quite fierce.

  • In Slovakia, the Muslim community is tiny and rather well-integrated, but Islamisation is a theme that the extreme right loves to exploit, and sometimes even mainstream parties choose to milk that topic.
  • In the absence of any real problems with the Muslim community, the political conflict over Islam sometimes becomes a symbol of a much broader divide in the Central and Eastern European societies which exists between those who are more open to various forms of diversity and those who tend to be more conservative and sceptical of change.
  • The concomitant fear that the ‘kebab’ may one day replace halušky and pierogi is but a symptom of more fundamental axiological differences.

In the runup to the 2020 parliamentary Slovakia, members of Marian Kotleba’s far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) treated themselves to a Christmas trip to London. They filmed a scary video of local Slovak expats talking about the failure of multiculturalism in Britain.

The video portrayed whole districts of London as becoming no go zones while, incidentally, also not omitting the topic of “perverted LGBT ideology”.

From another video, released by the party, the Slovak voters could find out that Christmas trees are about to be banned by the European Union to favour the inflowing migrants. This attempt to warn the Slovaks about dangers of the Western “multicultural pigsty” was far from being the first or the only one.


Democratic security comes at a price. What is yours? By subscribing or donating now gain access to analysis, forecasts and scenarios by leading analysts and reporters who monitor democratic risks and develop policy debate from Central Europe on Central Europe.

MonthlyVAT included


See all details

  • Full access to articles and reports
  • Monthly foresights and risk analysis delivered by e-mail
  • Weekly newsletter with most important highlights
  • Visegrad Insight social media community groups invitation

AnnualVAT included


See all details

  • All monthly features PLUS…
  • Free invitation to one editorial board discussion to participate in deciding on the future direction of the Visegrad Insight
  • Free delivery of two select hardcopies of Visegrad Insight reports

Student OR Donation

Choose your contribution

See all details

  • Full access to articles and reports
  • Monthly foresights, weekly newsletters, and risk analysis delivered by e-mail
  • Free invitation to one editorial board discussion to participate in deciding on the future direction of the Visegrad Insight (annual subscription only)

Can I receive an invoice?

Yes. You will receive a receipt immediately after purchase and a VAT invoice upon request. The subscription amount includes tax. In case of a donation, there is no tax.

Are my credit card details safe?

Yes. The payment is processed by STRIPE www.stripe.com entrusted also by Amazon, Zoom, Booking.com and used by other global NGOs and businesses in the world. We do not store your credit card details.

How modify or cancel my subscription?

At any moment you can manage your subscription and account details. Sign in to modify or cancel.

Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at the Department of Security Studies of Charles University in Prague


Weekly updates with our latest articles and the editorial commentary.