Will Green Party grow in next week's election?
The Czech Republic's political parties are busy with last minute campaigning in the lead-up to next week's parliamentary elections. Green party leaders on Wednesday held a public meeting featuring a talk by co-President of the European Greens, Daniel Cohn-Bendit.
"The social-ecological dimension of politics is a necessity that the Greens represent, and it's the only force who have this combination of social and ecology... environment protection, protection of the planet, and social equity. And for this, I say, it's very important that in Czechia now at the moment, this new party emerged also in the Parliament."
Many see the Czech Green Party as the dark horse of this election campaign. Recent opinion polls have shown that the party stands to receive more than the 5% of votes needed to enter the Chamber of Deputies. I asked the head of the Czech Green Party, Martin Bursik, to explain the recent upswing in their popularity.
The Greens say that they can offer a comprehensive political platform, beyond ecological issues, and that they are ready to move out of their regional footholds to the national level.
But not everyone is convinced that support for the Green Party stems from a belief in their policies and principles. Some are saying that it is a protest against the more established parties. Political scientist Vladimira Dvorakova is skeptical about the party's long-term chances.