Tuesday, 15 October 2019


Analyst: Klaus Jr. may be "most trusted" politician but he is highly polarising figure

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Václav Klaus Jr. is the country's "most trusted" politician, suggests a new poll conducted by the CVVM agency. The leader of the newly-formed, right-wing oriented Tricolour achieved a 42% positive rating among respondents, putting him ahead of PM Andrej Babiš. Political scientist Jiří Pehe explains why it is Klaus Jr. is so popular.

Czech right-wing extremist and 9/11 apologist cozies up to new movement run by son of former President

1 October 2019

The stir on the nationalist scene in the Czech Republic caused by the establishment of the Trikolóra movement has also attracted attention from well-known faces on the extremist scene. Jan Kopal, the co-founder of several ultra-right groups, has been boasting of his joint photograph with Václav Klaus, Jr, the Trikolóra founder, on both Czech and Russian social media.

Poll suggests Communists would not get into lower house for first time

Radio Prague |
10 September 2019

For the first time in its history the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia has polled below the minimum 5 percent threshold necessary to get into the Chamber of Deputies. While some commentators have called this a sign that they are headed for the dustbin of history, party chairman Vojtěch Filip says that the survey, conducted by the Kantar agency in August, is unreliable. Radio Prague asked political commentator Jiří Pehe what he makes of the poll.

Prosecutor drops fraud case against Czech PM, but story not over yet

Radio Prague |
3 September 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš can let out a sigh of relief, albeit a temporary one. On Monday morning, Deník N broke the story that the state attorney had halted the prosecution of Mr. Babiš for his alleged involvement in the so-called Stork's Nest affair. However, the story is far from over as the decision is yet to be approved by the prosecutor's superiors and other legal moves are possible.

New culture minister Lubomír Zaorálek: Czech culture is our best ambassador abroad

Radio Prague |
28 August 2019

President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday appointed Lubomír Zaorálek to the post of culture minister, ending a drawn-out dispute over who should manage the arts portfolio. The seasoned Social Democrat stressed the need to recognize the huge potential of the arts sphere and said he was not afraid to cross swords with the president in fulfilling his goals.

Czech president's summer power play comes to an end

EurActiv |
26 August 2019

The latest Czech government crisis is over: President Miloš Zeman will appoint Lubomír Zaorálek as the new minister of culture on Tuesday (27 August), ending a dispute over the post that almost caused a collapse of the government. However, the crisis has exposed the deteriorating state of democracy in the country.

Czech president backs new culture minister nominee

WTVB News/Reuters |
22 August 2019

Czech President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday backed the new nominee for culture minister from the junior party in the ruling coalition, defusing a political crisis that had threatened to topple the government. The Social Democrats earlier nominated Lubomír Zaorálek, a former foreign minister and lower house of parliament speaker, to head the Culture Ministry, after Zeman last week rejected their previous nominee for the post.

Czech government teeters as president schemes

Aljazeera.com |
21 August 2019

The Czech coalition government is teetering on the edge of collapse after Prime Minister Andrej Babis declared he would not support a ministerial nomination made by his junior partner, the Social Democrats (CSSD).

Hamáček: Zeman acting like coach when he should be referee

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

A meeting on Monday between the heads of ANO and the Social Democrats failed to find an impasse in the long-running government crisis. Speaking afterwards, the latter's leader accused the president of violating the constitution and said the very functioning of the state was on the line.

Government on brink of split-up as ruling partners bicker

Bloomberg |
19 August 2019

Czech PM Andrej Babis pushed his minority government closer to the brink of a split-up, refusing to back the appointment of a ministerial candidate from his junior coalition partner. Babis, who previously had not opposed the nomination for culture minister from the Social Democrats, told TV Prima late Friday night that he wouldn't be in a government with his coalition partner's choice for the post. By reversing course, he aligned himself with political ally Czech President Milos Zeman.

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