PM slams president for “legitimizing xenophobia”


Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has openly criticized the president for addressing an anti-migrant rally on the country’s public holiday on November 17th. In an interview for Friday’s Hospodářské noviny Mr. Sobotka said President Miloš Zeman had joined the ranks of populists who are feeding off people’s fear of the Islamic State and the migrant crisis. The president of a country with a humanist and democratic tradition should not legitimize the promotion of xenophobia and racial hatred, Mr. Sobotka told the paper, saying the president’s action was deeply disappointing.