Miloš Zeman’s pro-western rival Jiří Drahoš claims he has been victim of dirty tricks campaign
Miloš Zeman, the populist Czech president, faces a fight for his political life in an election run-off against a pro-western liberal rival who claims he has been the victim of dirty tricks.
With the outcome on a knife-edge, Zeman’s challenger, Jiří Drahoš, a former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences who is campaigning to cement the Czech Republic’s place in the EU and Nato, says he has been smeared as a paedophile, communist collaborator and pro-immigrant elitist with ties to Angela Merkel.
President criticised for warm relations with Russia and China gets 38.6% of votes and now faces pro-western Jiří Drahoš in the second round
The Russia-friendly Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has won the first round of voting to retain his job, according to nearly complete results from Saturday’s poll.
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Secret report by the EU’s antifraud office calls on Brussels to take ‘appropriate measures’ over a farm and hotel owned by Andrej Babiš’s Agrofert
The EU’s antifraud office has found “irregularities” in subsidy payments allegedly obtained by Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš, according to extracts from a secret report.
Details of the investigation released by the Czech finance ministry have confirmed that Babiš, who was sworn into office last month, is in the remarkable position of being an EU leader linked to an investigation by the bloc’s antifraud team.