Saturday, 21 October 2017

Politics

Czechs tipped to join populist surge in Europe by electing billionaire

The Guardian |
20 October 2017

Czech Republic is poised to join Europe's lurch towards anti-establishment populism by electing as its prime minister a controversial billionaire who faces criminal fraud charges and accusations of communist-era secret police links.

Far-Right Czech election 'kingmaker' calls for referendum on EU membership 'just like Britain'

The Telegraph |
20 October 2017

The Czech Republic should follow Britain’s example and hold a referendum over it's EU membership, the leader of a Czech far-right party which could become kingmaker in this weekend's general election has told The Telegraph.

Betting fever on election results

Radio Prague |
20 October 2017

Czechs are placing bets on the outcome of the general elections, the news site Novinky.cz reports. The betting fever has surpassed all expectations with people having placed bets to the tune of 80 million crowns, that's 30 million more than in the 2013 presidential elections, the news site says.

Zeit: Those spreading fear of open Europe may win Czech elections

ČTK |
20 Oct 2017

The people spreading fear of open Europe may win the general election in the Czech Republic to be held on Friday and Saturday, Germany's Zeit writes, alluding to the ANO movement of Andrej Babiš, which is a clear election favourite. "Will the Czech Republic, which has so far been seen as a bridge between the East and the West, rank among the central European countries ruled by populists?" Zeit asks, hinting at Poland and Hungary.

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Record 7,524 candidates running in Czech elections

ČTK |
20 Oct 2017

A total of 7,524 candidates, the record number, are running in the October 20-21 election to the Chamber of Deputies, 15 fewer than when they were registered in August, Petra Bacova, spokeswoman for the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), said on Thursday.

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Czech Greens leader decides to come out

ČTK |
20 Oct 2017

Green Party leader Matej Stropnicky, a son of Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO), said on Thursday he was a homosexual, reacting to the speculations expressed by tabloids.

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Babiš, Zaorálek clash in final duel before Czech elections

ČTK |
20 Oct 2017

The election leaders of the two biggest Czech parties, ANO chairman Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD), blamed one another for low salaries in the country and anti-corruption struggle in a televised duel that Nova TV broadcast live last night.

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KDU-ČSL for law to regulate Uber transport services

ČTK |
19 Oct 2017

The Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will propose a bill after the general election to set rules for the operation of alternative taxi services such as Uber and introduce basic rules for taxis and their alternatives, with taxis being granted certain advantages, Pavel Belobradek said on Wednesday.

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Czech parties take clear stances on EU before election

ČTK |
19 Oct 2017

Three different attitudes to European integration have appeared in Czech politics in the recent days, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Wednesday, two days before the general election.

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Former dissidents call on Czechs to vote for democratic parties

ČTK |
19 Oct 2017

Several civic activists, including signatories of the Charter 77 dissident manifesto, called on Czechs to vote for democratic parties and reject the candidates who want the destruction of the political system in the forthcoming election.

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