In the Czech Republic, billionaire oligarch Andrej Babiš suffered a surprise defeat in his bid to be re-elected prime minister on Sunday. The last straw may have been the revelation in the “Pandora Papers” only days before that he had set up an offshore company to secretly buy a US$17.6 million mansion in southern France.
Right now, Poland is awaiting approval of a US$65 billion transfer from Brussels as its share of the EU’s $865 billion post-Covid “stimulus package”. But that and much else might not come if Poland is in revolt against the EU’s rules.
—Author Gwynne Dyer is an international journalist based in London.