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Politics

Topolánek loses vote of no confidence

International Herald Tribune |
25 March 2009

The Czech government lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence Tuesday, suffering an embarrassing defeat midway through its presidency of the European Union and casting doubt on the country's ability to shepherd the world's biggest trading bloc during a time of economic crisis.

MP will push to topple government on Tuesday

REUTERS |
23 March 2009

A Czech ruling party deputy piled pressure onto the minority government on Sunday when he said he would try to get two party defectors to vote with the opposition to oust the center-right administration. Should PM Mirek Topolánek's government fall after a no confidence vote on Tuesday it would also threaten Czech ratification of the EU's Lisbon treaty.

Outgoing Czech cabinet backs election this year

Fobres / Reuters |
15 April 2009

The outgoing Czech cabinet backed on Tuesday a bill allowing an election later this year.

Czech interim government's fate uncertain

Monsters and Critics / DPA |
8 April 2009

The fate of Czech Republic's interim government, due to take the helm of the European Union and bring the country to October early elections, appeared uncertain Tuesday after two small parties refused to participate.

New Czech PM: I feel no lobbyist pressure

By Marie Valášková | Hospodářské noviny |
6 May 2009

In an interview with Hospodářské noviny, PM designate Jan Fischer says he felt no pressure from the president or from lobbyists when filling ministry posts.

Topolánek: Right wing must unite

By Lenka Zlámalová, Petr Fischer | Hospodářské noviny |
20 Apr 2009

Outgoing PM Mirek Topolánek wants to form a broad alliance of right-leaning people. He is not ruling out a pre-election coalition with several smaller parties, he tells HN in an interview.

Rebels leaving the ODS, but the party stays disunited

CBW |
7 April 2009

Vlastimil Tlustý and Jan Schwippel, the two MPs who voted against the government, are probably leaving the Civic Democrats. Both want to run for the Euroskeptical right-wing political movement Libertas.cz in the upcoming European Parliamentary election in June.

Rebel MPs to join Libertas.cz and run in EP elex

aktuálně.cz |
1 April 2009

Two Czech MPs that helped the Social Democrats topple Topolánek's government are likely to join the recently newly formed right-wing party Libertas.cz. They also intend to run in the European Parliament election.

EU presidency: Not happy with some Israeli policies

Reuters |
1 April 2009

The Czech EU presidency is not happy with some Israeli policies and an EU-Israel summit is unlikely to take place in the next three months, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Tuesday.

Party leaders agree to early election

New York Times/Reuters |
30 March 2009

Leaders of the two biggest political parties agreed that the Czech Republic should hold an early election, a first step to overcoming a political crisis brought on by a no-confidence vote in the government. ČSSD chairman Jiří Paroubek was quoted as saying he had agreed with outgoing PM Mirek Topolánek on holding an election in October, but Topolánek's spokeswoman said the date had not been determined.

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