Czech PM tries to tone down tensions with EU

  • Petr Boháček
  • 30.1.2018 14:14

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis signalled there might be a solution to the EU lawsuit against the country over migration quotas but insisted that the new emergency relocation of the Dublin IV reform is unacceptable following 29 January meetings with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans.

Babis also stressed his pro-EU position in an interview with POLITICO in contrast to Czexit-calling Communists (KSCM) or the far-right SPD, despite frequently relying on anti-EU rhetoric to gain public support in the Union’s most Eurosceptic country. After being stripped of immunity for alleged EU subsidy fraud and losing the confidence vote, the PM is expected to form a minority government with the Social Democrats, relying on the support of either the SPD, KSCM or Christian Democrats. Political rivalry between re-elected President Milos Zeman and Babis, until now allies of convenience, is to increase, especially should Zeman, the party’s former PM, see his supporter ex-Interior Minister Milan Chovanec elected as the party leader at the 18 February summit. Similar to other Eastern European countries, populism, corruption and institutional challenges to democratic safeguards will continue to be tested in the country.

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