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Socialist medicine

15 December 2009

The Party of European Socialists (PES) kicked off its eighth congress in Prague last Monday, the same day the Copenhagen climate summit started.

Topolánek: Ready to serve on

10 November 2009

If the Chamber of Deputies makes important changes in the state budget for the next year, ODS Chairman Mirek Topolánek will have to take Jan Fischer’s Cabinet for a puppet government, and the most powerful party may consider the possibility of changing its present stance for that of pure opposition.

Interview: Václav Havel on US relations with central Europe

22 October 2009

Former Czech President Václav Havel talks in a wide-ranging RFE/RL interview about what he expects to hear from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden when he visits the Czech Republic this week.

PM Fischer outlines government's priorities for remainder of period in office

Radio Prague |
22 October 2009

Prime Minister Jan Fischer addressed the lower house on Wednesday, and outlined his caretaker government's major priorities for the coming months.

Klaus is crowning his triumphant crusade

20 October 2009

President Václav Klaus is definitely celebrating the biggest triumph of his political career. His blocking the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty forced European politicians to stand at attention and agonize over the question of how to satisfy Klaus.

Politicians only ask when we sha­ll decide

20 October 2009

Chairman of the Czech Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský declined to comment on the latest condition set by President Klaus, who is demanding a so-called “opt-out clause” for the Czech Republic that would exclude property claims by Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II under the provisions of the Beneš Decrees.

To Russia with love: smiles all round as Czech President visits Moscow

Radio Prague |
16 October 2009

Radio Prague talked with Jiří Schneider of the Prague Security Studies Institute why President Klaus is so pro-Russian.

Havel: Czech president is damaging the country by not signing the EU reform treaty

Chicago Tribune / AP |
16 October 2009

Václav Havel, who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that peacefully toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia, accused his presidential successor on Thursday of damaging the country by refusing to sign the EU reform treaty.

Havel, still a man of morals and mischief

The New York Times |
15 October 2009

It was supposed to be an interview mulling over the revolutions that overturned communism 20 years ago in Europe. But Václav Havel, man of words and unshakable determination, had a question.

Cabinet in emergency session over Lisbon

Times Online |
12 October 2009

The cabinet meets in emergency session today to consider how to persuade the president to sign the Lisbon Treaty — under pressure from Paris and Berlin to complete the ratification. With Klaus demanding a last-minute amendment, the government is locked in a trial of strength with its head of state and on the brink of a constitutional crisis.

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