It's a little shocking to have arrived tonight in a country where the second richest man, who is the subject of fraud allegations and does appear to have at one time been an agent for the communist secret police, has won a general election as leader of a far-right, anti-EU, populist political party, but that is the Czech Republic's new reality.
Containing the threat such politicians pose to democracy in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere, is also one of the new roles for the EU. And it is another reason why the UK should be in membership.
It's as if we in the UK do not care.
Or that if we do, it's always too late.