Saturday, 30 August 2014

Politics

Attendance of top Chinese official at Prague forum reflects reset in relations

Radio Prague |
29 August 2014

Over a thousand delegates from China, the Czech Republic and other European states gathered at Prague Castle on Thursday for the start of a China Investment Forum, the biggest event of its kind ever held in this country.

MPs return civil service bill to second reading

Radio Prague |
28 August 2014

The Chamber of Deputies has returned a government civil service bill to a second reading after the coalition agreed to adopt changes demanded by the opposition.

President Zeman highlights need for economic diplomacy

Radio Prague |
27 August 2014

President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday received Czech ambassadors from around the world at Prague Castle.

Right-wing opposition agrees with civil service law draft

Radio Prague |
26 August 2014

The right-wing opposition parties TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats are ready to support the draft of a new civil service law, TOP 09 deputy Martin Plíšek told the CTK news agency on Monday.

President discusses approach at September NATO summit with foreign affairs and defence ministers

Radio Prague |
25 August 2014

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, discussed a NATO summit planned for next month with the country’s minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, and minister of defence, Martin Stropnický, at his Lány summer residence near Prague on Saturday.

Transparency International to monitor financing of Senate, local elections

Radio Prague |
21 August 2014

The Czech branch of the global anti-corruption group Transparency International will monitor the financing of October’s local and Senate elections, members of the group told a news conference on Wednesday.

President Zeman gives passing grade to coalition government

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

In an interview with Czech Television, Czech president Miloš Zeman has given a positive assessment of the current coalition government, which came into office this January. Specifically, Zeman noted that the government should be ranked on economic growth, and related indicators such as real wages and increased pensions.

Unlike Hungary, Czechs double down on liberal policy goals

The Wall Street Journal |
18 August 2014

A leading Czech governing politician says there needs to be more support for tolerant social and economic views domestically and in Europe and he plans to launch a think tank to promote such policies. This is happening all the while the Hungarian government moves in the opposite direction and shows increasing disdain for liberal democratic principles.

PM shrugs off president’s criticism of compromise on civil service bill

Radio Prague |
15 August 2014

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has shrugged off criticism by President Miloš Zeman over a compromise reached with part of the opposition on a civil service bill.

Zeman comes out against sanctions on Russia

Radio Prague |
15 August 2014

The West's tough sanctions on Russia have come in for criticism from the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, who argues that such measures do more harm than good.

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