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Right-wing Czech voters on the rise

In the Czech Republic, the establishment has been losing ground, while right-wing and populists are on the rise.

Published: September 23, 2022, 7:52 am

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    A few days before the Czech Senate and local elections, a Europe-wide trend is also being confirmed in another EU country: the power base of the established sanctions parties is crumbling rapidly, and forces critical of the EU have been growing stronger.

    A current opinion poll by the agency STEM has revealed the figures: the populist ANO party of former Prime Minister Babiš is currently ahead in parliamentary elections with 30 percent, followed by the Eurosceptic “Freedom and Direct Democracy” with 14,3 percent. “The Party for Freedom and Direct Democracy is gaining ground in the face of heated sentiment and an uncertain outlook thanks to its longstanding anti-establishment base,” STEM commented.

    Both parties are seen as critical of the EU, especially with regard to the current energy crisis, with nationalist and populist rhetoric. They are demanding lower living and energy costs.

    The currently governing conservative Democratic Citizens’ Party, on the other hand, only gets 14,2 percent. Their coalition partner, the Pirates, achieved 9,4 percent. All other parties in the current five-party coalition government would hardly make it through the five percent hurdle to enter the Czech parliament.

    Agency STEM’s opinion poll for CNN Prime News was released on Sunday. It was carried out in early September.

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