Thursday, 18 December 2014


Social Democrat leadership scraps Duchcov party branch over cooperation with extremists

Radio Prague |
15 December 2014

The Social Democratic Party leadership has scrapped one of the party's local branches over cooperation with extremists. The party's executive leadership on Saturday voted to abolish the party's local branch in Duchcov, in reaction to the fact that following local elections in October it formed a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Party of Social Justice.

Zeman's spokesman links editing of quote to Bakala "trip" with Sobotka

Radio Prague |
10 December 2014

The editing out of a critical reference to businessman Zdeněk Bakala from a Czech Television news report may have been connected to the fact Mr. Bakala accompanied the prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, on a trip to the US, according to the Office of the President.

Senators call on President Zeman to stop dividing nation

Radio Prague |
8 December 2014

A group of 17 senators for the Christian Democratic and Stan parties have asked President Zeman to stop dividing the nation and undermining the importance of human rights.

President names new transport minister

Radio Prague |
5 December 2014

President Miloš Zeman named Dan Ťok of the ANO movement the new minister for transport on Thursday. He becomes the tenth person in six years to hold the ministerial post. Until now Mr Ťok headed the Czech branch of the Skanska construction company. His candidacy came under fire from critics who said his naming to the government would lead to a conflict of interest. The prime minister backed Mr Ťok on the basis of his reputation as a strong advocate of transparency in business.

Government not lawmakers should set salary levels for MPs and senators, says Babiš

Radio Prague |
3 December 2014

Pay-rises for MPs and senators should in future be decided on by the government rather than legislators, the minister of finance, Andrej Babiš, said on Tuesday. His ANO party and government partners the Social Democrats are in favour of a 1 percent pay-rise next year, with the latter's chairman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, calling for a lower house debate on the issue next month.

Finance Minister Babiš says he will not stand for president but would like to be PM

Radio Prague |
1 December 2014

The minister of finance, Andrej Babiš, says he is not eyeing the post of president in future but would like to be prime minister. In an interview in Pravo, Mr. Babiš said he would definitely not stand for president as the head of state's powers are limited and the only enjoyable part of the job would be contact with citizens.

ANO's Vokřál elected mayor of Brno

Radio Prague |
26 November 2014

Petr Vokřál of ANO has been elected mayor of the Czech Republic's second city Brno. He replaces the Social Democrats' Roman Onderka, who held the post for eight years.

ČSSD leadership up in arms over local gov't coalition with ultra-right party

Radio Prague |
26 November 2014

A rift has developed within the Social Democratic Party over the decision of the local party organisation in the north Bohemian town of Duchcov to enter into a coalition with the ultra-right Workers Party of Social Justice whose members have in the past organised anti-Roma demonstrations in the town.

Proposed wage hike for lawmakers dividing Social Democrats

Radio Prague |
25 November 2014

A proposed 14 percent increase in pay for lawmakers and officials in the executive branch is dividing the Social Democrats of the ruling coalition. The proposed monthly wage increase was proposed by the budget committee of the lower house following an agreement by parliamentary groups across the board.

Survey: Public trust in President Zeman falls sharply

Radio Prague |
24 November 2014

Public trust in President Miloš Zeman has fallen sharply, according to a survey by the CVVM agency released on Friday. Some 37% of people who took part in the poll said they trusted the president, down from 58% recorded last month, a record one-month decline.

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