Here, Christian Democrats and pirates are on the helm

In the EU Parliament, the Czech Prime Minister’s celebration sits in the identical celebration group because the Swedish SD. His Deputy Prime Minister in flip sits alongside the MP.

— But it nonetheless works, notes the latter, Ivan Bartos.

— We have managed to search out frequent floor to face on. Of course, now we have completely different opinions on, for instance, abortion laws and the like, however these are issues that the federal government has no purpose to alter in the subsequent 4 years, says Bartos at a press convention in Prague with TT and different influential EU correspondents from Brussels.

Party chief

The 42-year-old Bartos co-founded the Pirate Party within the Czech Republic in 2009 and is in his third time period as celebration chief. After having steadily grown in power through the 2010s, the pirates have been a part of a authorities coalition for the primary time since final autumn.

This is regardless of the undeniable fact that they misplaced numerous mandates in final yr’s election, partly in consequence of selecting to ally with right-wing events that they’re really fairly removed from politically.

However, the whole lot was finished with the intention of eradicating former Prime Minister Andrej Babis from energy.

— It price us so much. We grew to become the goal of all types of misinformation, but it surely was well worth the sacrifice, says Bartos, who additionally serves as Minister of Regions and Digitization.

Prague is at the middle of EU politics in the autumn of this yr, when the Czech Republic holds the presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers. Away with Babis

The ex-leader Babis leads a liberal celebration, however is often described reasonably because the Donald Trump of the Czech Republic, with a background because the proprietor of the nation’s largest agricultural firm. He was usually at odds with numerous EU our bodies and cast ever nearer contacts along with his colleague Viktor Orbán and his more and more EU-sceptic authorities in neighboring Hungary.

— Andrej Babis needed to turn into a Viktor Orbán within the Czech Republic. But he did not succeed and I’m glad for that. He even introduced Orbán right here throughout his election marketing campaign, which I believe is diplomatically utterly unacceptable, says Bartos.

In Sweden, the Pirate Party rose like a solar within the 2009 EU elections, however then fell flat again to the bottom. Bartos explains that the sister celebration within the Czech Republic remains to be doing nicely with the way it has expanded.

— We did not get caught in speaking solely about IT points. We took a step additional to additionally strive to supply solutions to different fundamental wants: social points, the significance of schooling, the environmental and local weather transition.

EU skepticism?

The pirate chief additionally hopes to make the Czechs recognize membership within the EU extra. Previous governments have usually chosen the other line.

— EU skepticism has been fattened over time, even lengthy earlier than Babis. As quickly as one thing went nicely, it was due to the native or nationwide authorities. Everything that was dangerous was the EU’s fault. One of my targets is to actually present individuals what EU membership offers individuals in on a regular basis life, says Ivan Bartos in Prague.

Inside the elegant Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, the flags of the EU and the Czech Republic are displayed along with the image of the autumn Czech presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.

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