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

Climate and Democracy Editor

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

Climate and Democracy Editor

Michal is Climate and Democracy Editor and former Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. He’s an active Freelance journalist, and climate activist as well as a communications and policy consultant, too. In the past, he was a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency in Moscow, Prague and Bratislava, Newsroom Editor and a long-standing Staff Writer at PAP Foreign Desk, PAP English language newswire Market Insider and PAP Domestic Desk, where he covered climate and environment. He mainly focuses on politics, economy, climate and energy in Poland and Central Eastern Europe. He's also the author of a non-fiction book "To nie jest raj. Szkice o współczesnych Czechach" ("It's not paradise. Essays on contemporary Czechia"), published in 2019 in Poland and 2020 in Czech Republic.

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