The EU must recognise the forces that drove Brexit and reform accordingly, the billionaire frontrunner to become the next Czech prime minister says.
Andrej Babiš, leader of the “anti-establishment” ANO party, told The Daily Telegraph that the EU is chasing the wrong priorities as it eyes deeper integration.
“I’m not a Eurosceptic,” the Czech Republic’s second richest man said during a campaign stop in Nachod – a small town on the Polish border, ahead of elections on Oct 20-21.
“Europe is a great project,” stressed Mr Babiš in an interview following a 10-hour stint of handshakes and book signings. “But European politicians should seriously ask why the UK is leaving. They are dealing with the wrong issues in pursuing further integration.”
Pragmatic but unpredictable, Mr Babiš is often compared to Donald Trump due to his wealth, populist agenda, and Teflon-like ability to brush off financial scandals and coarse outbursts.
Babis seems to know what he wants, more than just to be the top guy that is. Makes him much more worrying. A proper looting of the State is possible….