A Bad Omen for the CEE’s ‘Political Turn’

A corruption scandal hit the Czech government just days before it takes over the EU presidency

27 June 2022

Michał Zabłocki

Marcin Król Fellow

A corruption scandal erupted in the Czech government just days before it was to take over the rotating European Union presidency. While the scandal remains local and focused on Prague city hall, it already has shaken the cabinet and could have international repercussions.

The story also shows that although years have passed, the Czech Republic can not eliminate corrupt clerks and politicians who threaten the country’s stability.

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On 1 July, the Czech government will take the lead on the work of the Council of the European Union from France. It will coordinate the block’s work for the next six months until 31 December, when it will be passed on to the following country — Sweden.

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Michał Zabłocki

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Freelance journalist, climate activist as well as a communications and policy consultant; he is also a former foreign correspondent for the Polish press in Moscow, Prague and Bratislava. He focuses on politics, economy, climate and energy in Poland and Central Eastern Europe.

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