Saturday, 4 July 2020

Politics

Cyril Koky: I want to serve in the Czech Senate

Romea |
2 July 2020

The Pirates have presented the lead candidates for their lists in the Regional and Senate elections this fall. Two Romani candidates are among them. Cyril Koky, the expert official in charge of the area of national minorities for the Central Bohemian Regional Authority, and Karel Karika, the head of the St. Materna House and a vice-mayer in Ústí nad Labem.

Former Brno Mayor Petr Vokral resigns unexpectedly from ANO

Brno Daily |
5 June 2020

Former Mayor of Brno Petr Vokral, who held the office for the ANO Movement from 2014 to 2018, has resigned unexpectedly from the party. He had been the movement's national Vice-Chair since 2015, and was expected to stand as the party's candidate for Governor of South Moravia later this year.

Czech MP who compared Muslim immigrants to "invasive species" will not be stripped of immunity from prosecution

Romea |
4 June 2020

On Wednesday, 27 May, after three hours of debate, the Czech lower house decided not to strip Czech MP Karla Maříková of her immunity from prosecution for her remarks made on social media about Muslim immigrants. The Chamber of Deputies' Immunity and Mandate Committee had previously recommended she not be stripped of immunity.

Czech Republic's billionaire leader is having a good virus crisis

Greenwich Time/Bloomberg |
18 May 2020

For years, Andrej Babis wanted to run his country like a business. The coronavirus pandemic finally gave him the chance.

Czechs fear autocratic contagion of coronavirus

Balkan Insight |
16 April 2020

Critics of the Czech government are watching closely for any hint it could try to follow Hungary's lead in using the pandemic to lunge for wider powers.

Czech chair of ultra-right party now leads the "Clean Region" movement in Ústecký Region

Romea |
24 March 2020

The chair of the ultra-right Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS) in the Czech Republic, Tomáš Vandas, has become the leader of the "Clean Region" (Čistý kraj) movement in the Ústecký Region ahead of regional elections this autumn.

What chance a first female Czech prime minister or president?

Radio Prague |
9 March 2020

Women in this part of the world have had the right to vote since the first Czechoslovak Constitution was approved a century ago. However, Czechs have never had a female prime minister or president and the vast majority of the country's politicians are still men. Why is that? And how likely is change in this regard?

Time to vote Americans: Super Tuesday is coming to Czech Republic

By Brad McGregor | Prague Daily Monitor |
27 Feb 2020

Not only are US citizens living overseas able to vote in all the various US elections, when it comes to Democrats, they are also able to participate in the exciting primary process. Next week, those Americans will get their chance to go to the polls as part the Global Democrats Abroad Primary, which is held alongside 15 other state primaries on Super Tuesday—a day that usually decides the Democrats' nominee.

To serve, not steal time: promises of efficient government offices

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Feb 2020

The Czech political parties are promising more efficient offices, mainly through digitalization. The proposed law for a faster and more effective state originally came from the Starostové a nezávislí party (STAN). Since then ANO and ČSSD have pledged to fulfill the goals of the Digital Česko plan. ODS and the Pirates also have digitalization as part of their platform.

ANO continues to be the most popular party, two January polls show

Prague Daily Monitor |
19 Feb 2020

Whether PM Andrej Babis (ANO) was attacked by the Million Moments demonstrations, accused by the European Commission of a conflict of interest in wrongfully taking European subsidies after an audit was completed, or the December investigation reopening concerning a construction project, his party continues to lead by a huge margin in polls.

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