Czech Republic – the EU Parliamentary Elections.

Political Background The Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004, as part of the 10 country expansion of that year. An independent state since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1992, the Czech Republic was one of the most economically successful cold war-era economies. The Czech Republic has been something of a success story since the […]

Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM)

Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM). The Czech Republic is the only non-Soviet Eastern Bloc country to retain a notable Communist Party. After the fall of Communism most Eastern Bloc Communist parties transitioned into centre-left parties, however, in the Czech Communists, the anti-revisionist wing of the party won out, splitting from the Czechoslovak Communists, […]

Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL)

Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL). The KDU-CSL is the result of a merger between two broadly similar parties which emerged in the post-communist era, hence the rather lengthy name. The KDU-CSL is a fairly typical Christian Democratic party, though lacking the strength of its Western European cousins. A centrist, socially conservative […]

Tomio Okamura’s Dawn of Direct Democracy (USVIT)

Tomio Okamura’s Dawn of Direct Democracy (USVIT). Another populist, personalist beast, which came from nowhere in the run-up to the 2013 elections, USVIT is the personal vehicle of Tomio Okamura, a Czech-Japanese businessman and media personality who is one of the ‘dragons’ on the Czech version of Dragon’s Den. A famed eccentric, Okamura’s past business […]

Civic Democratic Party (ODS)

Civic Democratic Party (ODS). The radical changes that the Czech Republic has seen to its parties since the 2009 elections are perhaps not more vivid than in the case of the ODS. The ODS was founded as a right-wing splinter from the Civic Forum, the broad-based dissident group which won the first free elections in […]

Tradition, Responsibility, Prosperity (TOP 09)

Tradition, Responsibility, Prosperity (TOP 09). TOP 09 is not really a particularly new party, having been a fixture of two general elections now. TOP 09 was announced exactly four days after the last set of European elections by Miroslav Kalousek, a former leader of the KDU-CSL who left due to disagreements with the party’s then centre-left […]

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD). The Czech Social Democrats are a rarity amongst East-Central European centre-left parties, in that they did not evolve out of a formerly ruling Communist party. The party traces its genesis back to 1878. During the inter-war years Czechoslovakia had one of the stronger Social Democratic parties in what is now […]