Saturday, 14 September 2019


Czech mogul PM Babiš, contested but confident

France 24/AFP |
25 June 2019

Haunted by his past, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is holding on to power despite facing police charges and the biggest anti-government protests the Czech Republic has seen in 30 years. Around 283,000 people rallied in Prague on Sunday, demanding that the populist tycoon resign over his murky business dealings. "One feels that the more money you pump in, the more upset the people are. This is a weird situation," Babiš said referring to his government's social spending.

Opposition seeks no-confidence vote in Babiš gov't next week

Radio Prague |
19 June 2019

The mainstream opposition parties in the lower house are pushing anew for a vote of no-confidence in the Babiš gov't, over the PM's alleged conflict of interest outlined by Brussels regarding the distribution of EU funds. They say that even if unable to muster the necessary numbers to bring down the administration, the vote would have great symbolic "moral" value. "Every MP must clearly say whether or not they have confidence in this government and this prime minister," said KDU-ČSL chairman Marek Výborný.

Outgoing culture minister caught up in political tag-of-war

Radio Prague |
30 May 2019

The drawn-out saga surrounding the resignation of the embattled Czech culture minister took a fresh twist on Monday when the president refused to accept his demise. The latest move in what critics are calling "a theatre of the absurd" has only deepened the crisis in the Czech cultural sphere.

European elections: Did Babiš's ANO really "win"? Depends on how you count

Radio Prague |
28 May 2019

Newspaper headlines announced that PM Andrej Babiš's centre-right ANO party "won" the European Parliament elections this weekend. But, as always, the political landscape is more nuanced. Mr Babiš's foes in the main opposition parties together will have twice as many MEPs, at a time when he is under investigation for alleged EU subsidy fraud.

Euro elections: ANO wins despite anti-Babiš protests, opposition gains, Social Dems lose big

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO party, as expected, won the European Parliament elections held over the weekend, garnering 21.2% of the vote. A strong turnout – by Czech standards – is thought to have helped his and other mainstream parties fend off far-right and Eurosceptic populist parties.

Meet the Czech-Japanese businessman turned anti-EU rightwing political star

Coda Story |
24 May 2019

Tomio Okamura, bullied when young for looking 'foreign,' has combined fake news and populism to brand himself the leader of anti-EU Czech nationalism.

Czechs eye 'symbolic' Pirate breakthrough in Europe

Balkan Insight |
22 May 2019

The Czech Pirate Party hopes to ride a wave of support at home to a European Parliament breakthrough for the 'alternative' movement.

Czech arts minister Staněk quits after mounting pressure

Radio Prague |
17 May 2019

The Czech Republic's embattled minister of culture, Antonín Staněk, is stepping down. Mr. Staněk had come under mounting pressure following divisive high-profile sackings and damning performances in the media. He is the seventh cabinet member to depart the governing coalition since its appointment less than 11 months ago.

ANO and Pirates lose some support in April opinion polls

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

The latest political opinion polls for the month of April, created by Kantar CZ for Czech Television, suggest that ANO and the Pirates, the two largest parties in the country, have lost some support.

ČSSD asks Culture Minister Staněk to fix the problem

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Czech Television reports that the leadership of the Social Democrats has asked Culture Minister Antonín Staněk to address the chaos at the National Gallery in Prague and at the Museum of Arts in Olomouc. Staněk had earlier fired Jiri Fajt the Director of National Gallery, leading to a huge international outcry.

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