Slovakia a pro-European island in its region, PM says

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:25 AM

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia has become a pro-European island in its region, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Monday, following a weekend election in the Czech Republic that saw the rise of anti-establishment parties, including the victor.

Czech billionaire Andrej Babis's ANO party won the election as voters shunned traditional parties. Babis has said his party was pro-European although he is cool to euro adoption and resists deeper integration of the European Union.

"We could hardly find a better timing for our meeting than a day after the Czech election," Fico said. "I never dared to comment domestic political situation in other countries. But I am glad that Slovakia has become a pro-European island in this region."

(Reporting by Tatiana Jancarikova; Editing by Jason Hovet and Toby Chopra)