At this the arena breaks into thunderous applause. It is the only ovation in his five-minute speech."
3/4/16, "Slovak election: PM Fico sees Muslim 'threat'," BBC
"Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is defying EU officials in the migrant crisis - and may win re-election on Saturday.
Slovak voters will decide whether to give his Smer-Social Democracy party another four years in office. The BBC's Rob Cameron witnessed his magnetic effect on a crowd in a packed sports hall in Bratislava.
The Fico government has also mounted a legal challenge to the EU's migrant quota scheme....
"We've got the highest economic growth in the European Union. And that's not my government saying that - it's the European Commission," Mr Fico tells the audience....
Then the prime minister changes tack. This idyllic vision of a Slovakia enjoying unprecedented prosperity is under threat, he says.
"Let's face it ladies and gentlemen, the borders of Schengen are like Emmental cheese - thousands of people are entering Europe unchecked," he says.
Most border checks were scrapped under Schengen, the EU's passport-free travel regime covering most of Europe.
Mr Fico says he has just returned from inspecting the Greek-Macedonian border - a pressure point where more than 10,000 migrants are now stuck.
"The Supreme Allied Commander of Nato said yesterday that thousands of terrorists and Islamic State fighters are entering Europe with migrants. So security will remain priority number one," he says....
"I can tell you we will never - under a quota system - bring one single Muslim to Slovakia," Mr Fico says, his voice rising.
"And we will never - not even voluntarily - create a self-contained Muslim community, because it would represent a serious security risk."
At this the arena breaks into thunderous applause. It is the only ovation in his five-minute speech."...map above from BBC
Slovakia country profile
The castle where a Central European bloc was born