The Czech Populist Cycle Is Set To Repeat
19 October 2021
Every Monday Visegrad Insight releases a weekly update on key developments in Central Europe from the point of view of democratic security.
Our team monitors for important political, civil society, economy and foreign policy updates and where possible hints at risks and developing scenarios. Currently, we monitor the situation in the following 13 countries.
Czech election results — the right-wing has won, the Pirates, the most pro-EU, did worse than expected and will be largely irrelevant in the new government. Although SPOLU came out on top, Andrej Babiš still holds a thin lifeline to power in the form of President Miloš Zeman — who is currently in intensive care and seems to be the only stakeholder in the country that would still give Andrej Babiš the first chance to form a coalition. Much depends on his condition in the coming days and weeks.
In Hungary, Péter Márki-Zay is the underdog of primaries in Hungary that have just begun as probably the only candidate who could defeat Victor Orbán. He came third in the primaries in the first round, but in a surprise withdrawal from Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony, has become the only candidate to stand against Klára Dobrev, wife of Ferenc Gyurcsány who was Prime Minister of Hungary marred by controversy.