Friday, 25 April 2014

Politics

Poll: ANO would win general election ahead of ČSSD, Dawn out

ČTK |
24 Apr 2014

The ANO movement of billionaire businessman Andrej Babiš would win a general election now, leading the senior government Social Democrats by 5 percentage points, according to a CVVM election model released yesterday.

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Foreign Minister to make first Czech official visit to China for 15 years

ČTK |
24 Apr 2014

Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek will fly to Beijing China on Sunday for a three day official visit, the first by a Czech minister for 15 years, the government announced yesterday.

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Mainstream parties losing members

ČTK |
23 Apr 2014

The number of members of Czech mainstream parties is falling, while the biggest loss was recorded by the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) that was left by 3,500 people in a year.

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Czech people's party lands in hot water over anti-immigration line

EUobserver.com |
23 April 2014

The Czech Christian Democrats' campaign for the EU elections got off to a rocky start earlier this month after it included a controversial line about immigration in its party programme.

General Financial Directorate head Knížek to resign

ČTK |
22 Apr 2014

General Financial Directorate (GFR) director Jan Knížek will resign as of end-April and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) wants to put in charge Jiří Zezulka, GFR department for risk management in tax administration director, the ministry said in a press release Friday.

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MfD: Social Democrats are among laziest MEPs

ČTK |
18 Apr 2014

Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) are among the laziest members of the European Parliament, according to a study compiled by Open Society Fund Praha, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Thursday.

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Will Czech Republic end restrictions on foreigners' political rights?

Radio Prague |
18 April 2014

The Czech Republic is facing proceedings at the EU’s Court of Justice over restricting the political rights of EU nationals residing in the country. This goes against EU law, and although lawmakers had years to adapt Czech legislation, efforts to end the discrimination have only recently got underway.

HN: Parties' members pay fees for political career

ČTK |
17 Apr 2014

A new phenomenon is taking shape in Czech political parties whose members officially pay fees for their political career, while the relatively new entities, the government ANO movement and the opposition TOP 09 are the most expensive, daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes Wednesday.

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Committee wants law to enable foreigners to join parties

ČTK |
17 Apr 2014

The Czech committee for foreigners' rights, which falls under the government, previously recommended that the Czech Republic change its rules to enable foreigners enter and establish parties, the Human Rights Minister's spokeswoman said in reaction to the EC's criticism Wednesday.

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TOP 09 seeks backing for Europe-wide media ownership rules

Radio Prague |
17 April 2014

The Czech media sector has often won international praise in the past for its freedom and independence. But some in the country are questioning whether that is still the case following the acquisitions by billionaire businessman, ANO leader, and current minister of finance, Andrej Babiš. The biggest centre-right opposition party in parliament, TOP 09, is seeking to make media ownership an issue in the upcoming European elections.

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