The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article by Democracy Digest
On June 23, organizers estimate that more than 250,000 protesters in Prague gathered to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš — and for loosening the control of the ANO party and his company, Agrofert, on the country, note analysts Milada Anna Vachudova and Jan Rovny. What’s the story behind the largest protest in the Czech Republic since the Velvet Revolution in 1989? Here’s what you need to know, they write for the Post’s Monkey Cage:
Protesters claim that Babiš is subverting the independence of the judiciary by appointing a justice minister unlikely to act against him in a fraud case involving the misuse of European Union subsidies designated for small businesses. Separately, a preliminary investigation revealed last month by the European Commission found Babiš in violation of E.U. conflict of interest rules, citing his continued ties with Agrofert. Reportedly, the Czech Republic may have to repay 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in E.U. subsidies awarded to Agrofert.
He may be a pariah in Prague, but Babis remains popular outside of the capital for his promises to improve people’s lives, analysts Andrea Dudik and Peter Laca write for Bloomberg:
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