Yet another impending election is raising worries in Europe, after the votes in Germany and Austria. Today and Saturday, the citizens of the Czech Republic are being called to the polls to re-elect their Chamber of Deputies.
The Czechs are voting after four years of relative political stability, guaranteed by the strange coalition between the Social Democrats, the Populars and the movement headed by billionaire Andrej Babiš, all in a context of strong economic growth and great international instability. For months, the polls have been showing the Dissatisfied Citizens Movement (Ano 2011), led by the former number two of the current government, Babiš, as the favorite. However, his movement is currently facing a gradual erosion in support. While they were polling at more than 30 percent during the summer, in the end they will probably have to settle for around 25-26 percent of the vote.
The main challengers to Babiš, the Social Democrats and center-right parties, have not been able to take advantage of this decline in support and remain both below 15 percent. In total, eight parties should manage to enter the Chamber, including the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia. The latter is polling in third place, and has focused during the campaign on social security and on the proposal to hold a referendum on the country’s continuing NATO membership.