Europe

Slovaks vote in parliamentary election

Polls have opened in Slovakia's parliamentary election with the ruling party of Prime Minister Robert Fico campaigning on an anti-migrant ticket.

The leftist Smer-Social Democracy party is a clear favorite but analysts say Fico may have misjudged the public mood by focusing too much on Europe's migration crisis and not enough on Slovakia's own issues.

In the 2012 vote, Smer won a landslide, taking 44.4 percent of the vote. That allowed the party to govern alone.

Polls indicate Fico's party will get well above 30 percent, but that would mean he needs a coalition partner to govern. That could be the ultra-Nationalist Slovak National Party, which hopes to return to Parliament after a four-year absence.

Parliament's 150 seats are at stake, with 23 parties in the running.