Meet The Eccentric, Euroskeptic, Czech Billionaire Who Will Become Prime Minister

The Czech election is taking place today, with the “Czech Donald Trump”, Andrej Babis, expected to be voted in as Prime Minister. As we noted last week, Babis is the Czech Republic’s second wealthiest person, is demanding the return of greater sovereignty from the EU, rejects the Euro and is against Muslim immigration. He has pledged to run the country like a business, while eliminating corruption. Oh, and he is also facing criminal charges for fraud. Babis's anti-establishment party ANO stands for "Action of Dissatisfied Citizens" and is also the Czech word for "yes".

Czech billionaire, Andrej Babis, and his wife Monika

The Prague Daily Monitor (PDM) reports that ANO is the clear favourite of (sic) the election that will take place on Friday and Saturday. Opinion polls indicate that ANO is likely to win two times more votes than the CSSD, which may be narrowly overcome by the Communists (KSCM) and possibly even the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement of populist Tomio Okamura or the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS).”

In last night’s final one-and-a-half hour televised confrontation, Babis sparred with Foreign Minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, of the social democratic CSSD party. Behind in the polls, Zaoralek didn’t pull his punches “Zaoralek called Babis a parasite in connection with the work of the cabinet. ‘He pretends that all that was good about the government was him,’ Zaoralek said in reaction to Babis’s criticism of the outgoing government that comprises the CSSD, ANO and the smaller Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL). Babis is a predator who insolently liquidated his competition, Zaoralek said. He said the financial authorities issued property-freezing orders that liquidated companies that were rivals of firms from the giant Agrofert holding (owned by Babis).”

Until May this year, Babis was Czech Finance Minister, but was forced to vacate the post by incumbent Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, due to “controversial financial transactions, alleged misuse of media against his political rivals and a suspected subsidy fraud.” Babis has been charged with transferring a 50 million koruna EU subisdy to one of his business interests. Babis claims that the allegations are untrue and deliberately made to remove him from politics.

Despite the allegations, Bloomberg reports that “the Slovak-born businessman solidified his popularity in the more than three years that he served as finance minister…Taking credit for the European Union’s lowest unemployment, one of its fastest rates of economic growth, and a balanced budget, Babis has portrayed himself as a competent manager struggling against traditional parties he brands as inept and corrupt. While that’s lifted his ANO party, his attacks against Muslim immigration and criticism of the EU have helped fuel the rise of anti-establishment political forces similar to Germany’s AfD and Austria’s Freedom Party. It’s also raised concern that he may follow the governments of Poland and Hungary, which have clashed with Brussels over democratic values.” One of Babis’s unconventional proposals is to make it compulsory for retailers to link cash registers to the Finance Ministry to increase revenue and reduce tax evasion.

Fraud charges aside, If Babis wins, it’s unlikely to be plain sailing for the new Prime Minister. The Bloomberg report quotes Prague-based political analyst, Jacob Charvat saying “It will be a very fragmented parliament, and it will make coalition talks difficult. There is also a great deal of personal animosity among politicians, which may complicate things further.” Based on last night’s TV debate, he’s not kidding.

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new game Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

hope and change til the euro swamp infiltrates...the people spoke, but nobody in brussels gave a shit...earth to germany, we have an epic disaster ongoing.hint:the are from the mideast.

Escrava Isaura . . . _ _ _ . . . Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:26 Permalink

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If only the Czechs could be that lucky.Until May this year, Babis was Czech Finance Minister, but was forced to vacate the post by incumbent Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, due to “controversial financial transactions, alleged misuse of media against his political rivals and a suspected subsidy fraud.” Babis has been charged with transferring a 50 million koruna EU subisdy to one of his business interests. 

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Steroid Looney Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:22 Permalink

It seems that tha Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was a natural alliance after all,Beyond it was a bulwark protecting Europe for centuries against the muslim hordes She was organically grown between the German and Russian imperialistic aspirations. Hopefully, they will manage even better without the Habsburgs. The countries' leadership are ready. Will they find each other again?

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Steroid Peterman333 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:45 Permalink

They might speak a different language but they are more similar than some of the slavic countries.They do not need a common ruler or super-state. a loose confederation would beat any other form of government. Mises suggested it a century ago.That would end the German and Russian colonialisation of these countries. So they did everything to prevent itMy guess that some of the neighbours would be happy to join. Poland, maybe the Baltics from the north and some of the formar Yugoslav republics from the south.They could become again truly more than just a dualistic, anachronistic power. 

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God Emperor Steroid Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:33 Permalink

"protecting Europe for centuries against the muslim hordes" FAILThe Austro-Hungarian empire and the rest of the West was protected from the muslim hordes by the thracians (Transylvania, Wallachia, Moldavia) and the slavs Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia... basically an Orthodox Christian coalition saved Catholics' pedo asses. Give credit where credit is due.Only once they failed and as a result, the ottomans reached Vienna.

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Peterman333 God Emperor Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

 If any of the Lepanto, Malta, or Vienna battles had been lost by the western Catholic forces, ALL Christianity in Europe, east, and west and anywhere else for that matter, would have been overcome and erased forever. And special thanks to Catholic Hero King Jan Sobieski who dropped the Polish Slavic anvil on the Turks.

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MEFOBILLS new game Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:38 Permalink

all this shit leads to one end: blooddhed over religion. Are the Catholic Poles killing themselves over their religion?  Are Orthodox Christian's in Russia killing themselves over their religion?  How about the buddhists in Mynamar?Islam is being used as a tool for destabilization.  Western Illuminst elites have been using Islam since Reagan enlisted Sunni Mujahdeen to defeat Soviets in Afghanistan.  Salafi Islam, especially Wahabbi branch was sanctioned with 73 Kissinger Saudi agreement.  Kissinger is a CFR agent.Hungary had a constitutional kingdom anchored with a form of Catholicism, that lasted nearly 1000 years.  In that period they acted as a bulwark against Muslim invasion, allowing western civilization to develop.Islam is not just a  religion, it is a religio - political construct.  It is a full immersive ideology.  So, not all religions are created the same - some are much worse than others.  Talmud, for example is a pyschopathic construct, and its perversions can be easily discerned by reading it - if you can stomach it.  Islam's pathologies can be found also, especially by using their doctrine of abrogation.  Most of the early pacific passages are abrogated by the later passages.Islam is a danger, but so are the money powered illuminist elites. 

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VIS MAIOR Peterman333 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

""Communist Russia 50-65 million killed""  fucking idiot!! have you math on school?! soo russia have 200 milions after ww1??  when now is ... there was not soo many people in this time..even  to killing! russia lost for all western europe ten millions death in ww1 ww2 your poor life in shit brainwashing

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Peterman333 VIS MAIOR Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

"have you math on school" No, we did not have math on school, that would hve been too much to bring all the children up on to the roof and then of course there would be the elements to deal with such as rain, snow, etc. Please take an english lesson before attemptiing to your next post.My apologies, it was Mao that killed 50-65 million and communist russia that killed 20-30 million. Mao's "Great Leap Forward" alone killed 45 million at least in four years, those are generally agreed upon statistics by historians today and include repressions and famines under the regimes of Stalin and Lenin.Thanks to your eloquent help we have now corrected the number of MILLIONS killed, can we address the TOPIC?Shitforbrains above says religion kills, I point out that atheistic systems have killed far, far more. Can you adresss that fact of the debate now that you have had your rant on how many MILLIONS were killed? 

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inhibi Peterman333 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

Peterman, where to start...you act as if Mao or Stalin did not use religion, or that China or Russia wasn't religious. They were, and Mao and Stalin danced around religion to get them to the very seat of power.Secondly, religion is dying - yes, because the reason for religion was to control the masses using group think via "this is how the universe works". Because all civilizations didnt know SHIT at the time, but thought they did. How is religion then, different from a government selling propaganda? Arent they the same?But have you talied up all the numbers? Like how many did the Egyptians kill in the name of their gods? How many did the Crusades kill? Aztecs? Mayans? Byzantine? Romans? Pakistan? India? - Better yet - basically every country before the Industrial Revolution.You basically assert that nowadays (at the least religious point in human history) we have killed more. But the world is also the most populous its been, so what if we look at this per capita? You might not see where Im going, but arguments like this are beyond stupid - they show your complete lack of knowledge of history, which shows that humans kill each other for whatever reasons they can find using religion/propaganda/hate/fear/etc to obtain power/wealth/fame/ego. Religion is just as bad a tool as any other, and has done a massive amount of harm over the longest period in human history. Whether or not it killed more or less people is redundant, as NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW.

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Peterman333 inhibi Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:11 Permalink

Where to start? Why don't you start with some facts instead of pulling a bunch of bs pulled out of your hind quarters. Stalin and Mao used religion? Oh, that's quite interesting, which religion they use and how did they use it since both their governments were officially atheistic? Egyptians, you have a source for how many Egyptians killed? A large city in Egyptian times would have had what? 50k people? Mao killed that many in a week.  Crusades? Oh please foff, the largest battles in the crusades were comprised of about 50k saracens vs. 12k knights (who btw cleaned house against the Saracen armies nearly every time). There were a few "massacres' such as in Jerusalem, Famagusta, and Constantinople, how many there? 50k? 100k? You're also talking about a time period (crusades) of 200 years, not 50 or 60 years and not millions of people. You're yet another historical revisionist here posting when you should not.Bottom line: the godless political systems of communism and National Socialism just in the last century killed tens of millions and that is indisputable fact, thus it's LACK OF religion that kills more than religion has ever killed. 

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