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Politics

Support for ruling party sinks to 15-year low

Global Post |
21 February 2013

Support for the ČR's ruling Civic Democrats led by PM Petr Nečas has fallen to its lowest since 1998, a poll showed on Wednesday, taking them below their centre-right rivals and far below the main opposition party. The slide in support shows the centre-right ODS, hurt by a string of corruption scandals and by its pursuit of austerity policies, needs to change to win over voters ahead of a general election next spring.

Lower house makes umpteenth attempt to abolish lawmakers' life-long immunity from prosecution

ČTK |
14 February 2013

The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill which would abolish lawmakers' lifelong immunity from prosecution. Under the present amendment deputies and senators would only have immunity for the duration of their mandate, unless their peers vote to strip them of it.

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President-elect gets down to business

Radio Prague |
7 February 2013

President-elect Miloš Zeman on Tuesday launched a series of high-level meetings with the country's political leaders. The talks are intended to set the framework for future cooperation and heal the rifts of a ruthless election campaign.

Experts blame gaffes and gov't for 'Prince's' defeat

Prague Post |
1 February 2013

Schwarzenberg's candidacy marred by links to Cabinet

Outgoing president bringing together Euroskeptics

B92 |
31 January 2013

Outgoing President Václav Klaus intends to, at the end of his mandate, create a Euroskeptic faction in the European Parliament.

'Atmospheric disturbance' possible but no storms ahead for Czech-German relations

Radio Prague |
30 January 2013

Miloš Zeman's campaign rhetoric has upset some in neighbouring Germany and Austria - but what impact will this have on relations between Czechs and their German-speaking neighbours?

Geopolitics according to Šlouf

aktuálně.cz |
30 January 2013

American or Russian? This is the EUR 8 billion question on all our lips in Prague these days. And Miroslav Šlouf has the answer.

Zeman wins

The Economist |
29 January 2013

Much was made of nationalist proxy attacks made by Václav Klaus, the president, and his family on Mr Schwarzenberg in recent days, but in the end, as foreign minister of the current centre-right government, he had trouble outrunning connections to the highly unpopular coalition led by Petr Nečas, the prime minister.

Czech election won with nationalism and populism

Spiegel |
29 January 2013

Miloš Zeman is a populist who stopped at nothing, not even at the reopening of historical wounds between his country and Germany, on his way to Prague Castle.

President-elect Zeman wastes no time in wading into party politics

Radio Prague |
29 January 2013

Within hours of becoming the first directly elected head of state of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman made it clear that he has no intention of being a docile occupant of Prague Castle. Indeed, Zeman immediately questioned the legitimacy of the coalition government – and called for early parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, elements within his former party are also bracing themselves for trouble from the president-elect.

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