“The anti-immigration Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) will be given a chance to form the country’s new government after winning national elections, but faces a struggle to find coalition partners in a deeply fragmented parliament.

Janez Jansa, the leader of the SDS, suggested he was willing to compromise to forge a ruling alliance after taking almost a quarter of votes in Sunday’s ballot, which translates into 25 of the 90 seats in the EU and Nato member’s assembly.

Mr Jansa is a divisive figure, having briefly been jailed on bribery charges in 2014 and used strongly nationalist rhetoric during a campaign that saw him receive vocal backing from Hungary’s controversial Eurosceptic premier, Viktor Orban.

Like its neighbour to the northeast, Slovenia was on the “Balkan route” used by hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim migrants in 2015, and Mr Jansa tweeted recently that ‘Thanks to its [migration] policy, Hungary is a safe country while Belgium, due to its wrong policy, isn’t.’” (Irish Times)