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CEO Conference: Oligarchs, corporate power and democracy in the Czech Republic

May 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Trump has been dominating headlines, but not much has been said about the rise of media moguls and business tycoons here in Europe.

Polls show that in the Czech Republic, oligarch and finance minister Andrek Babis’ populist party ‘ANO’ (‘Yes!’) is set to win the legislative elections by a landslide. Babiš is a politically powerful billionaire and owner of media companies and a large agribusiness conglomerate whose authoritarian politics, combined with control over media, would be a serious threat to democracy.

Join CEO for a short film screening and discussion to find out about what is happening in Czech Republic and to share ideas about what we can do.
• Why is the EU doing so little to stop the erosion of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe?
• What can we do that is useful to support movements resisting the growing concentration of power with oligarchs?

With journalist and activist Jakub Patočka (Editor in Chief of the online newspaper Deník Referendum and founder of the Friends of the Earth movement in the Czech Republic) and Zuzana Vlasatá who have just published a book on Babiš.

If you’re interested in coming, send an email to


May 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Corporate Europe Observatory
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