Clashes in Czechia over Expansion of Dukovany Power Plant

Ideology and Politics Fuelled by the COVID-19 Pandemic

18 March 2021

Albin Sybera

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Czechia is entangled in a struggle of regional significance. Parliamentary parties are deeply divided over the Russian state agency Rosatom’s participation in the tender for the planned Dukovany 2 nuclear project. The outcome of this political clash could change the Central European country for decades.

As if it was not significant enough that Czechia is experiencing a thorny geopolitical issue concerning the planned Dukovany nuclear power plant expansion, the COVID-19 situation has also been responsible for its greatest loss of life since the Second World War.

Yet, in these circumstances, President Miloš Zeman is stirring up an ideological battle and making a propagandist push for the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines while downplaying the role of the EU institutions.

Patients are being selected

As of the end of last week, the Czech COVID-19 cumulative death toll has surpassed 23,000 persons. In a country of some 10,7 million people, the per capita average of total life loss puts Czechia well above the United States.

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Albin Sybera

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Albin is a freelance journalist, consultant and a former clerk at the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic. Besides Visegrad Insight, his texts can be also found at Britske listy or Balkan Insight.

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