Saturday, 21 October 2017
Politics | ČTK

The people spreading fear of open Europe may win the general election in the Czech Republic to be held on Friday and Saturday, Germany's Zeit writes, alluding to the ANO movement of Andrej Babiš, which is a clear election favourite. "Will the Czech Republic, which has so far been seen as a bridge between the East and the West, rank among the central European countries ruled by populists?" Zeit asks, hinting at Poland and Hungary.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka has asked Jean-Claude Juncker for the EC to act as a genuine impartial arbiter of the observance of EU rules, since some states have a feeling that this is currently not the case and the EC does not apply equal criteria to all, he said on Thursday.

National | Prague TV

The smuggling of heroin, cocaine and synthetic drugs represents the greatest problem facing Georgian customs officers. Therefore, the Czech canine service will help them to acquire and train service dogs, this time with the support of the Czech Development Agency.

National | ČTK

Former head of the office of prime minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), Jana Necasova (formerly Nagyova), has paid the tax for the luxurious gifts she received, her lawyer Jan Bruna told public Czech Television (CT) on Thursday.

Politics | ČTK

The election leaders of the two biggest Czech parties, ANO chairman Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD), blamed one another for low salaries in the country and anti-corruption struggle in a televised duel that Nova TV broadcast live last night.

Politics | ČTK

Green Party leader Matej Stropnicky, a son of Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO), said on Thursday he was a homosexual, reacting to the speculations expressed by tabloids.

National | ČTK

The number of civil cases dealt with by mediators is growing in the country, while the number of penal cases in which an out-of-court settlement is sought is falling, Czech Probation and Mediation Service analyst Michal Karban said on international Conflict Resolution Day on Thursday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The latest survey of the European Parliament (EP) published on Wednesday shows an increasingly positive perception of the EU by the Europeans overall, while Czechs reveal an extreme fear of terrorism, low trust in the EP and low interest in the EP election.

Politics | ČTK

A total of 7,524 candidates, the record number, are running in the October 20-21 election to the Chamber of Deputies, 15 fewer than when they were registered in August, Petra Bacova, spokeswoman for the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), said on Thursday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The Czech government has full confidence in European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said upon his arrival at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The EU should solve as many as possible key questions by seeking all members' consensus, and only if a common position fails to be achieved despite all efforts, the path would open to cooperation on the issue by a smaller group of states, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said on Thursday.

National | ČTK

A half of Czechs anticipate a crisis of the European Union and Western civilisation, shows a poll conducted by the NMS agency for the Vysehrad Forum 2017 investment conference in September and released in daily Pravo on Thursday.

Politics | Radio Prague

Czechs are placing bets on the outcome of the general elections, the news site Novinky.cz reports. The betting fever has surpassed all expectations with people having placed bets to the tune of 80 million crowns, that's 30 million more than in the 2013 presidential elections, the news site says.

Politics | The Telegraph

The Czech Republic should follow Britain’s example and hold a referendum over it's EU membership, the leader of a Czech far-right party which could become kingmaker in this weekend's general election has told The Telegraph.

Politics | The Guardian

Czech Republic is poised to join Europe's lurch towards anti-establishment populism by electing as its prime minister a controversial billionaire who faces criminal fraud charges and accusations of communist-era secret police links.