Tuesday, 18 June 2019


Outgoing culture minister caught up in political tag-of-war

Radio Prague |
30 May 2019

The drawn-out saga surrounding the resignation of the embattled Czech culture minister took a fresh twist on Monday when the president refused to accept his demise. The latest move in what critics are calling "a theatre of the absurd" has only deepened the crisis in the Czech cultural sphere.

European elections: Did Babiš's ANO really "win"? Depends on how you count

Radio Prague |
28 May 2019

Newspaper headlines announced that PM Andrej Babiš's centre-right ANO party "won" the European Parliament elections this weekend. But, as always, the political landscape is more nuanced. Mr Babiš's foes in the main opposition parties together will have twice as many MEPs, at a time when he is under investigation for alleged EU subsidy fraud.

Euro elections: ANO wins despite anti-Babiš protests, opposition gains, Social Dems lose big

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO party, as expected, won the European Parliament elections held over the weekend, garnering 21.2% of the vote. A strong turnout – by Czech standards – is thought to have helped his and other mainstream parties fend off far-right and Eurosceptic populist parties.

Meet the Czech-Japanese businessman turned anti-EU rightwing political star

Coda Story |
24 May 2019

Tomio Okamura, bullied when young for looking 'foreign,' has combined fake news and populism to brand himself the leader of anti-EU Czech nationalism.

Czechs eye 'symbolic' Pirate breakthrough in Europe

Balkan Insight |
22 May 2019

The Czech Pirate Party hopes to ride a wave of support at home to a European Parliament breakthrough for the 'alternative' movement.

Czech arts minister Staněk quits after mounting pressure

Radio Prague |
17 May 2019

The Czech Republic's embattled minister of culture, Antonín Staněk, is stepping down. Mr. Staněk had come under mounting pressure following divisive high-profile sackings and damning performances in the media. He is the seventh cabinet member to depart the governing coalition since its appointment less than 11 months ago.

ANO and Pirates lose some support in April opinion polls

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

The latest political opinion polls for the month of April, created by Kantar CZ for Czech Television, suggest that ANO and the Pirates, the two largest parties in the country, have lost some support.

ČSSD asks Culture Minister Staněk to fix the problem

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Czech Television reports that the leadership of the Social Democrats has asked Culture Minister Antonín Staněk to address the chaos at the National Gallery in Prague and at the Museum of Arts in Olomouc. Staněk had earlier fired Jiri Fajt the Director of National Gallery, leading to a huge international outcry.

Staněk explains why he fired Fajt

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

Czech Television reports that Culture Minister Antonín Staněk (ČSSD) responded to a critical letter from the heads of several prominent international galleries and explained why he removed Jiří Fajt, as the Director of National Gallery, in Prague.

New Czech justice minister wants a three-tier court system

Radio Prague |
3 May 2019

On her first day in office as the new Czech justice minister, Marie Benešová, unveiled her plans for reforming the Czech judiciary. In an interview for the daily Lidové noviny, Benešová said she would like to introduce a three-tier court system, which would make the country's two high courts and their state attorneys redundant.

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