Czech Elections Waiting For A Defining Moment

Friday and Saturday the Czechs head to the polls to decide what will be the next step for their country.

8 October 2021

With so many options yet so little to choose from, the outcome after polls close on Saturday may define the democratic future or not matter at all.

There are two ways to view the following elections, either everything is on the table or nothing of substance will change.

Fear of Czexit from NATO and EU

Everything could be on the table as it is looking like Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s traditional coalition partner Česká strana sociálně demokratická (Czech Social Democratic party) (ČSSD) will not make the five per cent threshold needed to enter government.

That means that ANO will have no other option — as the Pirates and SPOLU (Together) ruled out coalition formation with ANO — but to form a coalition with either Tomio Okamura’s far-right Svoboda a přímá demokracie (Freedom and Direct Democracy​​) (SPD) party or the Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy (Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia) (KSČM).

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Kamil Jarończyk

Kamil Jarończyk graduated Masaryk University and Utrecht University with a Master in European Governance. He is also a co-author of the Towards 3SI Civil Society Forum Report. Formerly Managing Editor at Visegrad Insight (2021-2022).

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