Tuesday, 20 February 2018


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.

Czech Republic mulls embassy closures

UPI.com |
6 October 2009

The Czech Foreign Ministry is weighing closing its consulate in Montreal to save money and in response to Canada's visa rules, diplomatic sources say.

NERV offers Czechs a vision

By Karel Toman | aktuálně.cz |
30 Sep 2009

The government's national economic council, NERV, ended its activities on 14 September, but it is offering the Czech Republic a new beginning.

TOP 09: get ready for tough times

aktuálně.cz |
1 September 2009

Czechs must get ready to slash government spending and dish out more in taxes if the country is to avoid the kind of financial collapse that has swept Hungary and the Baltics, the chief of a new Czech party said.

Call for state funding of political parties to be halved

Radio Prague |
24 September 2009

Czech political parties have probably never been at a lower level of public estimation. So a proposal to halve the generous cash payments to parties by the state as part of the overall belt tightening looks like a popular and winning move. The only problem is that most of the parties do not to share the enthusiasm.

Europe must stand up for Georgia

Guardian.co.uk |
24 September 2009

Open letter: Twenty years after half of Europe was freed, a new wall is being built – across Georgia, say Václav Havel and others.

Czech leaders open way to tax hikes, spending cuts

Forbes.com / Reuters |
24 September 2009

Czech political parties are close to agreement on tax hikes and spending cuts proposed by the interim government in an attempt to halt the fast growth in the budget deficit, party leaders said on Wednesday. An agreement could arrest fast deterioration of the budget after the central European economy slumped into a recession, and prevent what the government said was a threat of a meltdown seen in Hungary last year.

Jan Mládek: ČEZ should give state more of its profits next year

By Zuzana Kubátová | Hospodářské noviny |
25 Sep 2009

The ČSSD's chief economist Jan Mládek talks about state-controlled energy giant ČEZ and the possibility of taking advantage of the company's profits.

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