Nutella War: Andrej Babiš Criticizes Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala

Stanislava Benešová

In a recent television appearance, Andrej Babiš, the leader of the Czech ANO movement, sharply criticized Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, accusing him of damaging the lives of all citizens. The critique occurred on a popular Sunday program, ‘Five Minutes to Twelve’ on Nova TV.

Babiš used the symbolic gesture of presenting Fiala with a jar of Nutella, saying it symbolized Fiala’s government. Babiš’s comments were about a recent video on social media where Fiala pointed out that certain food items are cheaper in Germany than in the Czech Republic.

Babiš said the Fiala government, appointed by then-President Miloš Zeman two years ago, has led to “destruction.” He cited the natural wage decline, high energy prices, and inflation as evidence, accusing Fiala of raising taxes and doing nothing for the people.

In response, Fiala thanked Babiš for the gift and challenged him to donate to the citizens. He pointed out that Babiš, the owner of Agrofert, is one of the largest food producers in the Czech Republic and called on him to reduce the prices of his products.

Fiala admitted that his video with Nutella was not the most fortunate. However, he emphasized his efforts to reduce food prices, which he claims are working. “While food prices are rising in other countries, they are falling here,” he stressed.

Babiš’s attack and Fiala’s response highlight the ongoing political tension in the Czech Republic. As the country grapples with economic challenges, these high-profile political exchanges continue to dominate the public discourse.