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9punkt – The Debate Review from October 11th, 2021 | Czechs and Poles oppose populism

Czech Republic does not go the way of Poland or Hungary, is pleased in the SZ Viktoria Großmann, enthusiastic about an election campaign that the incumbent Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, against which is being criminally investigated, has lost against a broad coalition from the left to the conservative: “That this has now succeeded is also a overwhelming victory of civil society. From an action from originally three students a movement emerged that spread across the country. The organization ‘A Million Moments for Democracy’ brought hundreds of thousands together for the largest rallies since 1989. But they did not stop at demonstrating. Discussion forums were set up, and prominent dissidents from the time of the socialist regime enthusiastically joined in, Urban and countryside, Retirees and trainees came together. “

But also in Poland there is opposition to the government and the controversial ruling of the Constitutional Court, which puts Polish law above EU law. Tens of thousands of people have protested nationwide against the judgment and for Poland to remain in the EU, reports the SZ. “Former EU Council President and Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk called for the protests. During his appearance in front of the demonstrators in Warsaw, he said that the national-conservative ruling party PiS was no longer talking about leaving the country lead out of the EU wool. “Poland’s place is in Europe,” said Tusk. ‘We will win because we are more!’ Both Tusk and other speakers were repeatedly interrupted by loud interjections and chants from a counter-demonstration by right-wing national groups. “

Andrej Dynko, Editor of the Belarusian magazine Nascha Niwa, was arrested for following a political chat. In the HE DOES he describes the conditions in the Belarusian prisons after his release. His first impressions of the cells are the stink after Feces and urine and the bright lightwhich is not switched off even at night. The beds are without mattresses: “When there are many people in a cell, some have breakfast ravenously, while others are only a meter away empty their bowelsto make room for a serving of buckwheat groats and a slice of bread. Black bread is as tough as clay, white bread is dry and crumbly. Both are without taste. A quarter of a tomato once every few days, half a cucumber once every few days. Another time a spoonful of sauerkraut. After a few days, you physically crave vitamins, but there aren’t any. You dream of apples. “

In the Ukraine one feels connected to democracy, Europe and the West, at the same time the frustration grows that the EU – and especially Germany – does not appreciate this Russia in a good mood to keep, says Richard Herzinger in the NZZ. The massive deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and on the Crimea in the spring, the negotiations on the Donbass blocked by the Russians, and Putin’s growing control of Belarus have so far not led to any consequences on the part of the EU. That has to change, demands Herzinger: “As inadequate as Ukrainian democracy may be, it is against Putin’s imperial authoritarianism Defending is vital for the future of all democratic Europe. What Ukraine urgently needs now is convincing signalsthat the West is actually serious about its assistance. With Ukraine at the forefront of defending the entire free world, the next step would be to swift it in the Western Defense Alliance to record. This would drastically increase the price and the risk of continuing its policy of aggression for the Kremlin. “

Britain has a hundred thousand truck drivers lost. Now short-term visas for five thousand drivers are supposed to solve the problem. Of course this crisis is one Consequences of Brexit, writes Thomas Gutschker in the FAS: “Johnson and his friends wanted to stop the migration, not from Pakistan or Nigeria, but from Poland and Lithuania. Before that, the East Central Europeans had been welcomed with open arms, and hundreds of thousands of people came to the island. They took on tough, low-paying jobs that the British were not ready for. “

Sebastian Kurz resigns as Austrian Chancellor to become parliamentary group leader of the ÖVP. Ralf Leonhard describes the rise and (relative) fall of Kurz ‘in the taz as a drama in five acts. “It’s about infidelity, bribery and incitement to bribery. In the event of a conviction threaten up to ten years imprisonment. The Greens put the knife on the coalition partner. They only want to continue to rule with an ‘impeccable person’. Shortly thereafter, Bünde, governors, ministers and members of parliament failed to assure him in writing of their unbreakable loyalty. “

The corruption consists, among other things, of Kurz and his people Newspapers smeared should have to get positive coverage. With the newspapers and politics, it’s such a thing in Austria anyway, he reports Deutschlandfunk: “Under ‘Ad corruption‘One understands switching in Austria state advertisements in private media. The Austrian government has long been known for spending a particularly large amount of money on advertisements compared to other European countries Standard gives figures on this in a very instructive article: “Hardly any other country spends as much money on government advertising as Austria. Around 47.5 million euros it was in the previous year – an absolute record since the introduction of mandatory reporting. For comparison: In Germany, which is about ten times larger, the government booked around 150 million for this last year. “Is there a reporting requirement in Germany too?

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