We’re coming to the end of Europe’s “super election year”. The Netherlands, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, and Malta have all held votes (and we even got an unexpected bonus election from Britain). Ahead of the elections, there were predictions of a “populist wave” washing across the continent. Ultimately, things played out differently. However, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been breakthroughs.

Enter 63-year-old billionaire Andrej Babiš. The Czech Republic’s second-richest man is now Prime Minister-designate after his anti-establishment party, ANO 2011, won the most seats in the election on 20 and 21 October. He has already been styled the “Czech Donald Trump” because of his wealth and his promise of “Czech first”-style policies.

Critics argue that Babiš suffers from clear conflict of interests because of his business interests (not to mention an ongoing fraud investigation). His supporters, however, hope that he will shake up a political system they view as inept and rife with corruption.

It’s unclear what a Babiš government might mean for Europe. He has professed in interviews to be pro-European and says he wants the Czech Republic to play an active role in the EU. However, his policies on EU migration quotas and European integration are seen to be broadly aligned with more eurosceptic countries such as Hungary and Poland.

Despite coming in first place in the elections, Babiš will be unable to govern alone. ANO won almost 30% of the votes, but not a majority. It remains to be seen whether more mainstream political parties will go into coalition with him, or whether he will be able to cobble together an agreement with smaller parties.

Is Andrej Babiš really “Europe’s Donald Trump”? What will his election victory mean for Europe? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. Max Berre

    To shut down this internet alarmism, see this wikipedia quote:
    “ANO’s political position is debated among politicians and political scientists. Right-wing politicians and pundits place ANO 2011 on the left, while political scientists place it mostly in the centre”

  2. Jovan Ivosevic

    I still fail to understand Czech voters here. The economic statistics of the previous social democratic government were amazing. Czechia had the lowest unemployment and lowest poverty rate in Europe, a spot that was traditionally reserved for Scandinavian countries. I have often considered Czechs to be the most rational Slavs when it comes to political decisions instead of descending into right wing populism like we saw in Poland Russia and in the ex Yugoslavia in the 1990s. This is a decision that will be a setback. The only question is how big.

    • Rui David

      I have the same opinion.

  3. Paul Elenis

    hahhahahah the guy aboce is funny Czechs are rational??? Yeap right. No 1 country in DRUGS worldwide, Now 1 country in prostitution. They more like the Favela of Europe….

    • Adam

      hard to imagine prostitution and drug problem would be worse in so called favela of europe than in actual favela.

    • Paul Elenis

      Czechs and your arrogance. Unbelievable. No my friend Greece is another level you can’t reach it. Am sorry but if the truth hurts you then do something to change your country. Don’t attack the rest of the people bums

    • Uli Czeranka

      i wonder where u have your sources from

    • Paul Elenis

      please check on google the recent study that was done from EU regarding drug use. About prostitution do you really need a study? You cant see it around you?

    • Mike

      What’s wrong with drug use and prostitution? Drug a b u s e is bad, and it is not up to you to decide whether others are to be allowed to intake substances. Standards of living in the Czech Republic are growing quickly and the country is already far ahead of any other post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

  4. Bruno Casqueira

    Prague is beautiful city, but the people I found out in my trip in there look like the russian mafia. Then, the the money exchangers in Prague are modern mafia, and when I asked the policemen to take an action, they told me like “there’s nothing wrong with cheating people, and we can’t do anything”. For me there’s no wonder why the president and the government are against the Euro and against the European Union: it’s better to have the mafia money exchangers to steal the foreigners with no problem.

    • Maral Hajenian

      Bravo Bruno Casqueria !! Every single word you have written is total truth !!! We have been to Prague last May and got really ripped off by the “exchange office” .. how awful !! Total theft !! Disgusting ,,, and their police force is totally with this Mafia !!! SHAME. Thousand SHAME !!!!!!! For a country that totally depends on TOURISM!! Dishonest people !!!!!!

    • Artur Pereira

      Eu estive lá em 1992 e trocava o dinheiro nos correios.Já não é possível ? Estive em Hradec nad Moravici,perto de Opava.

    • Artur Pereira

      Maral Hajenian I was there at 1992.I Exchanged the money at Post Office.No problem.

    • Bruno Casqueira

      Artur Pereira I am speaking about 2017, the current year, not 25 years ago.

    • Paul Elenis

      Guys all Czech Republic is like this . Statistically please see 2 out of 3 are on drugs , 1 out of 3 prostitution. Nobody likes to work there. They like easy money. No Czech republic they are not on a good track they are on fake good track. But whoever licks or sucks Germany thats the benefit.

  5. Larry Moffett

    A billionaire with nationalist anti-immigrant policies, falsely claiming political outsider status, elected despite scandals and dubious business practices, sporting a slavic trophy wife…he’s the Czech Trump all right.

    • Ivan Burrows

      The opposite of ‘populism’ is a dictatorship.

  6. Pia Einhorn

    Not another of those populistic, rich, right politicians. Soon I will migrate far far away from this stupid thing called Europe! I have really seen and lived enough of this!

  7. Saul Crucero

    All heads of States has the mandate to advance and protect the welfare of his country and his people. That is vital for any head of state unless he is the spy or surrogate of other nation.

  8. Andrew Potts

    Liberal orthodoxy losing their minds again as they fail to understand that many people hate the political hegemony that exists.

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