12 Oct 2021
If you are surprised by the Pandora papers, and their revelations of greed and murk in the private affairs of the super-rich and super-powerful, you are not paying attention. Previous P-themed tranches of documents — Panama (2016) and Paradise (2017) — showed just the same thing. Campaigners huffed, politicians puffed. Readers turned the page. Nothing happened. Who cares in Britain that the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, has an overseas property empire protected by veils of supposedly impenetrable corporate secrecy?
Actually, Czechs do. Babis, a fixture of Prague’s political scene for a decade, is heading off-stage after an opposition coalition squeaked ahead in this weekend’s parliamentary election.
By Edward Lucas, The Times, 11 October 2021
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