As prime minister of Slovakia until 1998, Mr Meciar was a backward-looking bully and at times scarcely a democrat, though he claims to have changed for the better.

Uh-huh. Just like that slice of the population who support him have no doubt changed for the better.

That's from a recent Economist article on the latest upsurge of populist nonsense in eastern Europe. You need a web subscription to read it, unless you get it at home.

Steve | 00:48 |