Over the past few weeks, anti-war and anti-NATO rallies have been held every Monday in dozens of German cities, with participants expressing dissatisfaction with how local authorities have dealt with economic problems amid the conflict in Ukraine and its aftermath, the Financial Times reported. “.
Thousands of demonstrators in the Czech Republic staged similar rallies, at the beginning of September, in the capital, Prague, where some 70,000 people demanded a guarantee of gas imports at low prices, as well as “to liberate [the Czech Republic] from direct political dependence on the European Union.”
In Slovakia, anti-NATO or pro-Russian rallies were relatively small, but “that may change over the winter”.
According to opinion polls, the far-right populist Freedom Party of Austria has the support of voters, whose members blame sanctions and a “hostile attitude” toward Russia for economic hardship.