Latest Issue

A populist president

The new Czech president is a chain-smoker who rode a wave of public discontent

By Andrew Greene  

(photo: Draceane)

The Czech Republic has a new president—and he’s a chain-smoking ex-communist. Miloš Zeman, who was prime minister between 1998 and 2002, won the country’s first direct presidential election since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. He will take over from Václav Klaus, who has occupied Prague Castle since 2003. “As the president elected in a direct vote, I promise to try and be the president…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect