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    Why Europeans Vote for Fascists

    Marian Kotleba was once dismissed a fringe candidate in Slovakia for his extreme views, including cosplaying his country’s Nazi-collaborating wartime authorities. But in 2013, he took a regional governorship. How? Disillusionment with the status quo and a low voter turnout helped, and he was defeated four years later. Next month, he’s running for president.

    Can he win? Polls don’t give Kotleba much of a chance, but he’s shown that voters will choose any candidate — no matter how extreme — if they’re perceived as different from corrupt incumbents.

    Read OZY’s feature on how a Nazi past ended a romance.

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