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It is getting lonely for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on the European stage as another EU member country elects an anti-establishment government. Less than a week after the stunning electoral performance by Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, the Czech Republic has elected the anti-EU candidate Andrej Babis and his party in yesterday’s general election.
Often described by the media as ‘Czech Donald Trump,’ 63-year-old Babis, the country’s second-richest man, won 30 percent of the vote, securing him the Prime-ministership in the next coalition government. Despite an ongoing criminal investigation over his business dealings and the lingering allegations of his collaborating with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police, many Czech voters preferred voting for Babis than other pro-EU career politicians.
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“Trump-style billionaire populist on brink of power in Czech Republic,” wrote the leftist UK newspaper the Guardian.
“Czech-Trump announces anti-refugee policy,” reported the most-read German tabloid Bild Zeitung. “Leading a very populist campaign, Babis promised to lower the taxes, remove corrupt politicians and close the European borders so that not a single refugee comes to the Czech Republic.”
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“Rightward shift in the Czech Republic,” complained the German newspaper Tagesspiegel. “[Besides Babis] other Eurosceptic and anti-immigration protest parties, too, have made it into the parliament.”
“Die Mini-Trumps in Eastern Europe,” read the headline from the German public broadcaster MDR, referring to the rise of Babis and other Eastern European leaders pursuing anti-EU nationalist agenda.
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“It is a worrying sign,” Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician, Claudio Schmid told Legal Insurrection. “It is quite similar to what is happening in the Eastern Germany. The people feel abandoned by the false politics of Europe, especially the one being pushed by Germany.”
The left-wing Social Democrats, who led the last coalition government, got a...
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