Populist Cycle

Why a Futureless Work Force Has Value for Populists

15 June 2020

Albin Sybera

Foresight Editor

Numerous families and individuals living a life trapped between high living expenses and mounting extortion proceedings. Promises of making the system of private bailiffs and property extortion more just or ending it altogether have been skilfully exploited by populist politicians.

Populist politics in the Visegrad countries make heavy use of the protest vote, disillusionment with levels of corruption and the state’s failure to secure decent living conditions for its population.

Work in the black market and job insecurity, in general, are not only widespread problems for the more viable development of societies and economies across the region. These pressing social issues are also posing a challenge to the idea of democratic and united European Union.

An acclaimed Czech journalist Saša Uhlová has reported on numerous families and individuals living a life trapped between paying for living necessities while being stripped of property by mounting extortion proceedings.

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Albin Sybera

Foresight Editor

Foresight Editor. 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 Britské listy or Balkan Insight and he is also a news reporter covering Czechia and Slovakia at bne IntelliNews.

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