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Index – Abroad – New Czech representatives joined the “Patriots for Europe” faction.

Index – Abroad – New Czech representatives joined the “Patriots for Europe” faction.

Two MEPs from the Czech Motorists' Section (Prísaha-Motoristé sobe) coalition will join the Patriots for Europe (EP) faction, party leader Filip Turek announced at a press conference in Prague.

According to Turek, they made their decision based on their values. The two MPs chose between the Patriots for Europe party and the European Conservatives and Reformists party.

The values ​​of the Nationalists are consistent with those of their parties: they criticize the Green Deal, support the preservation of the sovereignty of nation states, oppose EU federalism, and have a strong position on the issue of immigration.

“It makes no sense for them to ‘snoop in the ranks of the European Council,’” Turek said, adding that there was no interest in them and that the strongest Czech government party, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), had indicated to them that it would block their accession.

The Czech Prime Minister criticized the faction.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, leader of the SPD, sharply criticized the Patriotic for Europe faction on Monday. According to him, “intentionally or unintentionally, it serves Russia's interests and thus endangers the security and freedom of Europe.” Andrej Babis, former Czech Prime Minister and head of ANO, rejected Fiala's statements and called the prime minister a pathological liar, MTI wrote.

As we mentioned in our report, the largest Czech opposition force, the Association of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO), is also part of the Patriots for Europe faction. With the addition of the other Czech representatives, the faction now has 84 representatives, and the European Council has 78.