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  • Andrej Babiš defeated: Is this the end of Czech populism?

    This weekend’s Czech presidential election runoff was a fight between “democracy, respect for the constitution and a pro-Western orientation against populism, lies and leaning towards Russia,” according to Prime Minister Petr Fiala. With former military chief Petr Pavel emerging as a strong winner, populist ex-PM Andrej Babiš has suffered his second defeat to an establishment ‘elite’ in as…

  • Czech presidential candidate Babiš backpedals after 'anti-NATO' comments spark ire

    Billionaire ex-prime minister and Czech presidential candidate Andrej Babiš caused a stir by saying in a live debate on Sunday night he would refuse to send troops to defend NATO allies Poland and the Baltics in case they were attacked. “I want peace, I don’t want war. And in no case would I send our children…