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This week’s Slovak elections show that there is a way to fight Europe’s rising far-right

Leading candidate Zuzana Caputova has already shown the rest of Europe that a successful outsider doesn’t have to be an extremist

By Steve Bloomfield  

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova has used her outsider status to good end. Photo: PA

Good news in European elections is rare these days. But it’s coming. This Saturday a pro-European, LGBT-rights-supporting, liberal, anti-corruption campaigner and environmental lawyer is the overwhelming favourite to become Slovakia’s next president.

Zuzana Caputova won 40 per cent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election earlier this month—more than twice the votes of her nearest rival. That rival, Maros Sefcovic, is going to struggle to catch up. He’s backed by the ruling Smer…

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