Green Party chief, Matěj Stropnický, told reporters that he wanted to legalize squatting and slowly introduce a universal wage for all citizens.

The Czech Green Party, or SZ Greens, held their conference in Hradec Kralove over the weekend and as expected, some rather obscure and very left-wing views were represented and discussed. Among the hot topics on the agenda were squatting rights, tax reform and a universal wage for all citizens.

Stropnický has been a longtime supporter of the controversial issue of squatter’s rights, stating that it should always be legal, especially given the housing situation in cities. Tax reform was also high on the agenda, as was a talk of slowly introducing a universal wage. This idea has been touted in some countries across Europe, and even Elon Musk has said that with automation and robots taking our jobs, governments will one day have to pay people a living wage. But, in a time of relatively low unemployment, many think it unnecessary.

The party did refuse to talk about the reintroduction of compulsory military service, which had been originally a subject Stropnický wanted to talk about.

The politicians talked about the need for unification within their party as many have seen the group as fractured and disorganized over the past few years. They did have a seat in the parliament, but inner fighting and bitter clashes led to them dropping out of the government. Now they are aiming to get back into some authority in autumn, portraying a more unified front and a rebranded, radically left-wing political party.

“We must join forces with all political groups which will defend our freedom, our political ideals, our economic rights, individual human rights, and we must be ready to face all the consequences that authoritarianism economic power will use against us. It will be an attempt in the remaining time, which now awaits us ahead of the Parliamentary elections, to create an alliance with these forces, say some anti-authoritarian bloc,” said Stropnický

From Brexit to Frexit, nationalistic views across Europe are being fanned into flames at a steady rate. UKIP in the United Kingdom, Pegida in Germany and Marie Le Pen in France are all gaining in popularity amongst citizens concerned at the EU’s inability to deal with immigration issues and constant financial mismanagement reported by the media. It is only natural that the left would also rise to meet this growth of the far-right, and the Green Party are hoping that the historically acquiescent Czech community will support the Green Party in coming local and national elections.

 

Photo: Martin Veselý, MAFRA