Czechs this weekend elected a new prime minister who heaps scorn on the European Union and says his country shouldn’t have to accept a single refugee. Germany just sent a radical far-right party to parliament for the first time since the days of Adolf Hitler. And Austrians last weekend gave the anti-immigrant Freedom Party its biggest share of the vote since 1999.
The Czech Republic is set to take a Euroskeptic turn in a general election later this week — even though the EU has hardly featured in the campaign.
The Czech Republic’s ruling Social Democrats (ČSSD) are attempting to pep up their brand ahead of October’s election by taking more populist positions in response to plummeting poll numbers and regional election setbacks last year.
SPG, a small lobbying firm that’s brought on several former Donald Trump staffers since the election, has signed the Czech Republic as its second foreign client, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.
Czech political parties jockeying for votes are making eurozone banking groups a populist target ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for October.
One of Europe’s most developed post-communist countries struggles to let go of binary identities.
Central European countries want big food companies and supermarkets to stop selling sub-par versions of popular brands such as Sprite and Iglo fish sticks in former communist states.
Brussels is making an enormous effort to clamp down on corporate tax dodgers, but that’s now under threat due to the hardball negotiating tactics of the Czech Republic.
A small Czech transportation startup has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission to investigate the country’s 100-year-old, state-run railway company for allegedly slashing prices to drive out competitors.
The Czech prime minister wrote to fellow EU leaders Tuesday urging them to take action to save the passport-free Schengen area, which Germany’s Angela Merkel has warned could be put at risk without cooperation across the region on refugees.