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EUROPEAN MIGRATION CRISIS: POSITIONS, POLARIZATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT OF SLOVAK POLITICAL PARTIES

Jaroslav Mihálik, Matúš Jankoľa
Keywords: Migration, crisis, European Union, Slovak party system, political leadership ,

Abstract

This paper studies the different positions and the polarization among Slovak political elites due to the European migration crisis and the Union´s migration policy. The inability of collective action at the supranational level is first grounded at the national level. From this basis, the authors differentiate the various standpoints of the selected political leaders and parties towards the current migration wave. Based on this cleavage, we seek to demonstrate the patterns of modern day political party leadership in Slovakia and, secondly, to compare the political response and agendas across the Slovak party system.