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Klaus plays down govt's fall |
26 March 2009

President Václav Klaus Wednesday played down the significance of the fall of the Czech government, half way through the country's EU presidency. "The fall of the government is not something unknown or catastrophic in a constitutional system that works," he said in a brief address at his official residence in Prague. He said the situation "will be resolved" with "no overturning of our orientation adopted in November" 1989, when the communist regime was toppled.

Analysts view: Czech government loses no-confidence vote

25 March 2009

"There are two things: One is that the role of President Klaus has been strengthened," Jiří Pehe, political analyst, said on Tuesday.

Czech ODS deputies' group expels MP who voted against govt on Tuesday

25 Mar 2009

The deputies for the Czech senior ruling Civic Democratic Party (ODS) expelled Vlastimil Tlustý from the ODS deputies' group on Tuesday, after he voted against the government in a no confidence vote initiated by the opposition, group chairman Petr Tluchoř told journalists.

Yushchenko in Prague: Eastern Partnership no substitute for EU membership

Radio Prague |
25 March 2009

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko began a two-day official visit to the Czech Republic. At a joint briefing with his Czech counterpart, Václav Klaus, Mr Yushchenko called for increased ties between Kiev and the EU, and insisted that this January’s gas crisis was not of his own doing.

Savoy secret meeting: support of president on agenda

Aktuálně.cz |
23 March 2009

Only a year after a meeting between chief of presidential office Jiří Weigl and a controversial lobbyist Miroslav Šlouf one thing becomes clear: the reason for their meeting was the 2008 presidential election. Both have denied this fact up until now.

ČSOB's Sedláček might be new finance minister

By Petr Holub |
Aktuálně.cz |
7 Jan 2009

Tomáš Sedláček (Courtesy)

ČSOB macroeconomic strategist Tomáš Sedláček says he would accept post of finance minister.


Four ministers fired in government reshuffle

International Herald Tribune/AP |
13 January 2009

Jiří Čunek (ČTK)

Regional Development Minister Jiří Čunek will leave the cabinet along with Minister without Portfolio Džamila Stehlíková, Transportation Minister Aleš Řebíček and Health Minister Tomáš Julínek.

Klaus: What's the problem? That I'm right?

By Petr Šimůnek |
Hospodářské noviny |
5 Jan 2009

President Václav Klaus talks to Hospodářské noviny about the Czech EU presidency and the dangers of the Lisbon Treaty.

Opposition claims landslide election victory

By Kristina Alda |
Prague Daily Monitor |
20 Oct 2008

The opposition ČSSD crushed the ruling ODS in the October 17-18 regional elections, winning in all 13 regions.

Kristina Alda is the Monitor's managing editor. She likes writing about buildings and public space.
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Obama clarifies missile statement

Washington Times |
4 March 2009

"Russia needs to understand our unflagging commitment to the independence and security of countries like Poland and the Czech Republic," Obama said, after a meeting in the White House with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. (ČTK)"Russia needs to understand our unflagging commitment to the independence and security of countries like Poland and the Czech Republic," Obama says. (ČTK)

US President Obama on Tuesday sought to reassure eastern European allies who have grown uneasy with signals that the new US president may back off of a planned missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

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