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Slovakia establishes police unit to fight terror, extremism

  • FILE- In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives for the EU summit in Brussels.  Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    FILE- In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives for the EU summit in Brussels. Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 6, 2016 file picture, chief of the extreme right Kotleba - People's Party Our Slovakia (LS NS) Marian Kotleba arrives for a television debate  in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (Vaclav Salek/CTK via AP, File)

    FILE - In this March 6, 2016 file picture, chief of the extreme right Kotleba - People's Party Our Slovakia (LS NS) Marian Kotleba arrives for a television debate in Bratislava, Slovakia. Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (Vaclav Salek/CTK via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives for the EU summit in Brussels.  Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    FILE- In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives for the EU summit in Brussels. Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, said that he is glad that police can now “react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism” that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear “in full force even in Slovakia.” (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism.

Prime Minister Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit Wednesday, said that he is glad that police can now "react to a new wave of extremism, a new wave of fascism" that has emerged in Europe and which is now beginning to appear "in full force even in Slovakia."

The unit has more than 100 elite officers and will also investigate the financing of terrorism and extremism.

Fico said that it wasn't enough to react verbally to those who deny the Holocaust or celebrate the Nazi puppet state Slovakia was during World War II.

He didn't identify any groups by name, but Slovakia's neo-Nazi People's Party Our Slovakia has 14 parliamentary seats and openly admires war-time Slovakia.