Final Word from Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Andrej Babiš dodged a Stork's Nest bullet yesterday, and it makes him look even more look like the Czech Donald Trump. When the two politicians met in the White House in March, it was the scandal surrounding each of them that made the headlines. Trump was dogged at the time by allegations of collusion with Russia and hush-money payments for extra-marital affairs, and Babiš had fraud charges and conflict-of-interest problems hanging over him. Yet they are both still riding high. They seem invincible, but the biggest bullet of all is still awaiting them, and that is the global economy. It's probably the only thing that can prevent Trump from getting reelected, so he is seemingly framing his every decision with this in mind. He only has to keep things from becoming unglued for 14 more months. Babiš's methods are different, but the goal is the same: Keep the economic boom going so that he can take credit for it in the 2021 elections. His problem, though, is that he has to ride it out a full year longer than Trump, and this might not be possible. This is where early elections could come in handy. [ Czech Republic Jaroslav Šaroch United States of American economic crisis ]

Glossary of difficult words

synchronicity - the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection;

to dodge - to avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement;

to dog - (of a problem) to cause continual trouble for;

hush money - money paid to someone to prevent him or her from disclosing embarrassing or discreditable information;

to ride high - to be successful;

invincible - too powerful to be defeated or overcome;

to come unglued - to end in failure;

to ride something out - to come safely through a dangerous or difficult situation.

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