Babis brands EU Parliament as ‘useless’ amid conflict of interest debate

“We are a sovereign country. There will be elections (in Czechia) and the European Parliament is trying to influence those elections. And, of course, the initiative comes from the Czech opposition,” Babiš told reporters on Thursday. [ EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

In reaction to Thursday’s  European Parliament resolution criticising his conflict of interests, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said that it represents a continuation of the European Parliament’s intervention in the internal affairs of the Czech Republic, even going as far as to brand the parliament as a “useless institution” in a radio interview.

“We are a sovereign country. There will be elections (in Czechia) and the European Parliament is trying to influence those elections. And, of course, the initiative comes from the Czech opposition,” Babiš told reporters on Thursday.

Even though Babiš suggests the resolution is politically motivated, it was supported by a majority of MEPs from all over the political spectrum, including from his Renew Europe group.

Babiš chose even stronger wording in an interview for Radio Z.

“These desperate people are slandering the Czech Republic. I have no conflict of interest. It is nonsense. The European Parliament is a useless institution that only costs us money. It is only gibberish that has no effect on anyone,” said Babiš, adding that Pirates, one of the Czech parties that voted in favour of the resolution, is a “pro-migration multicultural group, not politicians but activists, who want to subvert our country”.

Babiš has recently changed his rhetoric towards more Eurosceptic and anti-migration stances, which has been taken as his attempt to attract different groups of voters.

(Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)

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