An estimated 70,000 people (out of a population of 10.7 million) took to the streets of Prague last weekend to protest energy prices. The protest was organized by an assortment of right-wing and left-wing parties; signs and speakers at the protest in Wenceslas Square opposed Czechia's participation in NATO and in the European Union and resettlement of Ukrainian refugees. To date, the Czech government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala has been among the most active voices supporting the EU's opposition to Russia's war in Ukraine, but Russia is/was Czechia's main energy supplier, accounting for 98% of its natural gas supplies and about half its oil. Russia's decision to shut down fuel exports to the EU is clearly being done with exactly this sort of scenario in mind. Italy's ruling coalition was arguably the first EU/NATO government to fall due to surging energy prices. Could Saturday's large protest in Prague be a sign that Czechia's might be next? www.reuters.com/world/europe/tens-thousands-protest-prague-against-czech-government-eu-nato-2022-09-03
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