Troubled Waters on the Vltava

The Czech Prime Minister stays in power despite serious corruption allegations

28 November 2018

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Czech-Polish relations have not always been as good as they are today. The prime ministers are meeting more and more often during bilateral visits, clearly marking a new opening in our Central European relations.

Until recently, the priority of the government headed by Beata Szydło was Budapest. However, since the beginning of this year and with the exchange of the Polish Prime Minister, the foreign policy has gradually begun to shift.

Mateusz Morawiecki clearly prefers developing a relationship with Prague and the Czech Prime Minister, Andrei Babiš. That being said, the time of Babiš’ rule might already be coming to an end. Although he survived the vote of no confidence, his coalition partners declared that they are ready to vote for accelerated elections.

Czechia is Poland’s second largest trading partner after Germany. That is why this new opening, apparently built to a large extent on the personal sympathy of the premiers, should be used to the maximum.

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Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-Chief

Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.

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