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Edition February 19, 2018 - Crédit Agricole S.A.
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  • Edition February 19, 2018

    Political issues – Populisms: The trap closes in the Czech Republic

    How to explain the shift to populism in Central Europe? And how to explain that it is being implemented by the same political agents who contributed to establishing democratic regimes after the Iron Curtain came down? The recent re-election of the populist candidate Miloš Zeman to the Czech presidency is causing ripples well beyond his own country because it highlights a phenomenon that concerns Central Europe as a whole.

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    - Polarisation of political debate amplified by a specific legacy
    - A particularly divisive message
    - The instrumentalisation of the migrant question
    - Undermining institutional credibility
    - The political rift between town and country
    - The impact of the national preference
    - Despite strong economic momentum, populism draws on deep-seated frustrations
    - The concentration of populist governments in Central Europe: a risk for Europe
    - A problem for EU security
    - A new anti-democratic model?

  • Extract - Undermining institutional credibility

    Elsewhere, a race to undermine the credibility of elites and institutions has begun by creating a climate of distrust towards the guardians of the balance of power. On the day after his re-election, Miloš Zeman referred to journalists as idiots – not the first time he had resorted to facile insults. Here again, the relatively short history of democracy in Central Europe played into the hands of populism, because the system of institutional checks and balances is more fragile there than in Western Europe. In these conditions, it is very difficult for the populists' opponents, to set out a line of communication that does not fall into the trap of populist discourse if they don't want to lose all resonance. Last, the emergence of increasing numbers of “strong men” on the world's political stage is affecting elections in other countries.

  • Czech Republic: in 2017, the politics of fear

    The Eurobarometer survey sets out the percentage of citizens who chose the defined category as being part of the two major problems that their country is facing. In 2017, terrorism and immigration became the topics causing most concern, thereby overturning the 2012 views, which were more focused on economic concerns. 

    Czech Republic: in 2017, the politics of fear
  • Associative topics : CEE and Central Asia

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