Czech Republic: Are the far-left Social Democrats (CSSD) near extinction?

Czech Republic:  Are the far-left Social Democrats (CSSD) near extinction?

Czech Republic: Are the far-left Social Democrats (CSSD) near extinction?

Why are the political parties and leaders in the country so weak? The history over the last years has not been good, just look at the former PMs since Vaclav Klaus: Spidla, Gross, Paroubek, Sobotka, Topolanek, Necas. How does this happen?

The lack of political talent and competition in the Czech Republic is troubling…and has allowed opportunists like Andrej Babis and ANO to thrive. ANO’s success has less to do with anything they have to offer and is dependent on a lack of strong, viable alternatives.

– The fall of the Social Democrats is comparable to the melting down of the once formidable ODS (a centre-right party that once flourished under Klaus), which was rocked by corrupt and downright embarrassing PMs (Topolanek, Necas).

On the other hand, the Social Democrats have little to offer and suffer from a lack of talent. The only one with any use for them is PM Andrej Babis, who also had to reach out to the the Communists as well due to a lack of support from others.

Like most on the left in Europe, the CSSD has been crushed over the last few years. The Social Democrats have suffered devastating back-to-back losses in recent elections. In 2017, only 15 of their candidates were elected to the lower house of Parliament – the worst result in party history.

The future is not bright for the CSSD. Yet, more troubling, is the absence of a strong alternative to challenge ANO in the Czech Republic.

Until the ODS can figure out who they are (the needless pandering to Brussels is nauseating) or another group emerges, the ANO Party will continue to win elections by default.

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/social-democrats-add-fresh-faces-to-leadership-line-up-but-is-the-orange-party-really-getting-redder