Czech Republic: The Andrej Babiš Controversy.
The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote in parliament last week.
92 MPs voted for the measure, 90 voted against it, and 18 abstained. To pass, 101 votes were required.
It was called by the opposition due to fraud allegations against Mr Babiš involving EU subsidies, triggered by an interview his son gave claiming he had been “kidnapped” so he would not talk to investigators.
A separate poll by the Median agency taken last week showed that most Czechs (57 percent) believe Babiš tried to keep his children from testifying in the corruption case against him over EU subsidies to the Stork’s Next complex.
* The story is complicated, bizarre and sketchy, which is probably how many Czechs would describe Babiš.
The documentary we watched and some of the reports we read sound very questionable, including the role of the psychiatrist/ANO politician, whose husband accompanied Babiš, Jr. to Russia.
There seems to be many parts to this story.
Critics of Babiš were quick to note that the doctor who had diagnosed his eldest son as schizophrenic would later work for Babiš at the Finance Ministry and join his ANO party.
There are some other vital questions. Why did Babiš appoint the psychiatrist in question at Finance? What were her qualifications for this? Who exactly took Babis, Jr. to Russia for a “vacation”? It was her husband, which we find interesting. Why Russia?
Shortly after the report about Andrej Babis Jr. was published, she resigned from her position at the National Institute of Mental Health, and stepped down as an elected representative in a district of Prague.
The whole story is perplexing. We have little trust of the Czech media, but neither do we feel comfortable with these events. This is something the Czechs themselves will have to figure out, but it will not be easy. While few trust Babiš, even more may distrust the opposition and his foes in the media.
** We will see how the investigation unfolds but if Babis is to resign or is forced out, there should be new elections instead of appointing another member of the ANO Party.
Czechs, for better or worse, voted for Babis, not some vanilla party (ANO) made up of EU opportunists looking to follow the path of Guy Verhofstadt’s group (ALDE) in Brussels. This being said, although Babis has voiced positions closer to Orban, we are very troubled with his association with ALDE.
*** There is another danger lurking in the background…the anti-V4 forces and EU loyalists who are looking for opportunities to distance the Czech Republic from Visegrad in order to embrace Macron and the EU Core. (They were also involved in Slovakia months ago).
They are already trying to falsely portray this as some type of pro-EU counter movement by Czechs supposedly rising up to the anti-migrant Babiš to embrace Brussels and EU solidarity on migration. This is as false and imaginary as the tooth fairy.
Czechs dislike the corruption surrounding Babiš, but they do not disagree with him on migration.
We are familiar with these pro-EU and Soros ‘think tanks’, which despise the current leaders of both Hungary and Poland. They would like nothing more than to divide Visegrad.
They were the ones embracing Emmanuel Macron’s Summit in Vienna last summer and his attempts to divide Visegrad with this laughable “Socialist Triangle” between Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. (Kern, Sobotka and Fico were the PMs at the time).
This Summit failed miserably as all three of the socialist leaders have since been disgraced, voted out or driven from office by their own citizens. Moreover, Viktor Orban and Visegrad have only increased their influence in Europe and have become the new counterweight to Paris and Berlin.
While many Czechs may want to rid themselves of Babiš (including many ardent opponents of migration), the nation is overwhelmingly opposed to the euro, migrant quotas and the UN Migration Compact…and want nothing to do with the multicult way of life ripping apart France, Belgium and Germany.
Whatever the fate of Babiš, the Czech culture is Visegrad and Central Europe…not the multicult NoGoZones of Paris or the West EU Core.
Removing Babiš is one thing, but trying to use this scandal to force the Czechs down a road they do not wish to travel (EU multicult) will meet with a fierce resistance and a very strong “push back”.