Czech President Miloš Zeman was elected for a second term Saturday, fending off centrist and pro-EU academic Jiri Drahos in a presidential race that fast became a referendum on Czech identity.
The nationalistic, pro-Trump and anti-EU Zeman is notorious for his brash style of politics, anti-migration rhetoric and as the defender of the country he now calls “Czechia.”
In 2017, the EU survived challenges from right-wing parties in the West of Europe, but in 2018 its authority is under threat from populism in the East.
Zeman has been vocal in his demands for a referendum on EU membership, which is creating another headache for Brussels.
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Pro-Russian incumbent Milos Zeman has been re-elected Czech president, narrowly outpacing his pro-European liberal rival Jiri Drahos. IMAGES
Czech President Milos Zeman was confronted by a topless female activist at a polling station in Prague on Friday, during the first round of the country’s presidential election. Shouting ‘Zeman is Putin’s slut,’ the activist rushed to Zeman when he was receiving his ballot paper from the election committee. Commenting on the incident, Zeman said, ‘I was probably attacked by a black woman from the group called ‘Femen’. That group has previously attacked the Pope so I am honoured that they attacked me.’
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Czech President Milos Zeman cast his presidential election ballot saying it was “against the Femen movement” moments after a women’s rights activist ran at the pro-Russian incumbent shouting ‘Zeman, Putin’s slut’ before being tackled by security staff and dragged her away.