According to the recent Eurobarometer survey, Czechs’ trust in the EU has increased from 39% in 2020 to 48% currently, as the country abandoned its traditional euroscepticism during the pandemic.
While the EU’s popularity is on the rise, trust in the Czech government is much lower, with only 19% of Czechs trusting their cabinet, the least of all EU countries. However, even fewer Czechs (15%) trust parliament.
Czech centre-right opposition parties from coalition SPOLU (Together) are currently seeking signatures to back a no-confidence motion against the minority government of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
The move was announced after European Commission auditors published their final report concluding that Babiš is in a conflict of interest since he is still in control of the agrochemical Agrofert holding and that Czechia should thus pay back EU subsidies worth €10 million.
However, Czech President Miloš Zeman said that even in case of a no-confidence vote, he would let Babiš’s cabinet govern until October when the next parliamentary elections are due to taking place.
Opinion polls are currently led by the centre coalition of the Czech Pirate Party (Greens/EFA) and the Mayors and Independent movement (EPP). (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)