Saturday, 15 December 2018

Politics

Gazdík to finish term as STAN chief in April

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Dec 2018

Aktuálně.cz reports that Petr Gazdík, the head of the Alliance of Mayors and Independents (STAN), will not seek a new term and hopes to finish his current term early, in April 2019. Gazdík intends to continue in politics as an MP but will use the time off to spend it with his family and young children.

Maláčová and Stanjura support BIS

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 Dec 2018

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Jana Maláčová and Deputy Chair of the Civic Democrats Zbyněk Stanjura both told television host Václav Moravec, on his show on Czech Television on Sunday, that they stood by the Security Information Service (BIS).

Opposition calls for Dostálová's resignation

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 Dec 2018

Czech Television reports that the leaders of the opposition parties have called for Minister of Regional Development Klara Dostálová's (ANO) resignation, in response to allegations of wrongdoing at Czech Tourism.

Czech leader defies fraud-probe scandal to bolster his support

Bloomberg |
6 December 2018

The Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister fortified his support among potential voters, defying escalating tensions over a police investigation into whether he committed fraud. The ANO party led by Andrej Babiš widened its lead in a survey conducted by pollster STEM last month when new allegations related to the fraud probe led to a failed no-confidence motion in parliament. ANO's backing rose to 36% in November, from 33% in the previous month.

ANO grows stronger in November despite scandal

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 Dec 2018

The latest opinion polls by Kantar CZ for Czech Television show that public support for ANO, the senior partner in the governing coalition, grew stronger in November. It jumped to 32.5%, up 5.5% from October 2018, despite the scandal surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babis and the Stork's Nest matter.

Czech government survives no-confidence vote

Radio Prague |
26 November 2018

The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has, as expected, survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. Ninety-two MPs voted for the measure, 90 voted against it, and 18 abstained. To pass, 101 votes were required.

Czechs hold EU line as PM Babis faces confidence vote

Financial Times |
23 November 2018

Tomas Petricek is a central European rarity: a firmly pro-EU minister in a region where Eurosceptic parties hold sway.

Left's Faustian pact props up Czech Trump, for now

Forbes |
23 November 2018

When the junior partner in the Czech Republic's ruling coalition, the Social Democrats, said it would allow the government to survive by abstaining from a motion of no-confidence on Friday, one of the region's oldest parties may have accelerated - by apparently delaying - its demise.

Opposition doesn't have votes to oust Babis

Prague Daily Monitor |
23 Nov 2018

PM Andrej Babis looks set to stay in his position after Friday's vote of no-confidence against him, over the Stork's Nest scandal. With the junior partner in his coalition, the CSSD abstaining and the Communists agreeing to support him, the opposition will only have 92 votes, 9 short of the 101 votes they need for the no-confidence motion to succeed.

Babiš dissapointed by ČSSD's decision not to participate in Friday's vote

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Nov 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told iDNES.cz that he was disappointed by the Social Democrats' decision, not to participate in Friday's vote of no confidence against the government and Babiš, over the Stork's Nest scandal. Babis added that he couldn't understand why the ČSSD, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, would risk bringing down the government and early elections.

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