Thursday, 27 November 2014

Politics

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.

Sobotka tells deputy minister questioning Havel policies to fall in line with government

Radio Prague |
21 November 2014

The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, has told a deputy foreign minister, Petr Drulák, to respect the country’s foreign policy in the field of human rights.

Zeman: Europe, US, Russia and China should unite against Islamic terrorism

Radio Prague |
20 November 2014

Czech President Miloš Zeman says Europe, the US, Russia and China should join forces to combat Islamic terrorism. Speaking in an interview in Wednesday’s edition of the German daily Bild, Mr. Zeman said Islamic terrorism was a bigger problem than the Ukraine crisis,

Milan Štěch re-elected Senate chairman

Radio Prague |
20 November 2014

Milan Štěch has been re-elected chairman of the Senate at its first session since elections last month in which a third of its seats were up for grabs.

ANO would win elections on 32%, Civic Democrats would beat TOP 09, suggests poll

Radio Prague |
20 November 2014

ANO would come first in general elections with 32 percent of the vote, suggests a poll conducted this month by the STEM agency.

Prime Minister Sobotka endorses Havel legacy on US visit

Radio Prague |
20 November 2014

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s ongoing visit to the United States has been marked by efforts to boost his country’s standing with the US administration. The country’s reputation in Washington has suffered after several senior Czech officials signalled the abandonment of a human-rights driven foreign policy shaped during the presidency of Václav Havel.

PM reacts to protests against president

Radio Prague |
19 November 2014

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, on an official four-day visit to the US, has reacted to protests against Czech head-of-state Miloš Zeman on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. In a text message to the Czech News Agency, the prime minister noted that while the throwing of eggs at the president was “unacceptable aggression”, Mr Zeman likewise, in his view, shouldn’t have used expletives in a recent radio broadcast.

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