Monday, 11 February 2019

Politics

Small parties seen making an impact in lower house elections

Radio Prague |
25 March 2010

Political analyst Jiří Pehe suggests a permanent erosion of support for the big parties and a chance that the small beneficiaries could have staying power which could represent the biggest shift in the political scene since 1989.

ODS rebounds, narrows gap with ČSSD

Angus Reid Global Monitor |
23 March 2010

The Czech Republic's Civic Democratic Party (ODS) has regained ground, according to a poll by CVVM. 25.5% of respondents would vote for the ruling party in the next legislative election, up five points since February.

ODS chair makes scandalous remarks about churches, gays and Jews

ROMEA.CZ |
22 March 2010

PM Jan Fischer has called "insulting and stupid" remarks made recently by ODS chair Mirek Topolánek about churches, gays and Jews. In a press statement released Sunday, Fischer said he will restrict his future communication with the party chair to the absolute minimum required to conduct business. Topolánek's remarks were made during a photo shoot for LUI magazine, which targets a gay audience.

Campaign financiers remain hidden

Prague Post |
19 March 2010

Public has right to know contributors, says watchdog group.

Election watch: ČSSD big on promises

Prague Post |
19 March 2010

There is a proverb that goes, "Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver." Voters are well advised to keep this in mind in light of the mounting list of promises emanating from ČSSD.

Czech left plans to crack down on utility prices

Reuters |
12 March 2010

The largest Czech leftist party, leading opinion polls in the run-up to an election in May, pledged on Thursday to impose lower prices for utilities such as electricity and water.

New party bets on popularity of charismatic leader

Radio Prague |
9 March 2010

TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg and his team have just launched an unusual campaign aimed at getting young Czechs to vote.

Six Czechs arrested over suspected unlawful immigration, bigamy

Liverpool Echo |
26 February 2010

Six Czechs were arrested by the UK Border Agency on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration and bigamy.

Supernova John

Prague TV |
26 February 2010

Despite a wave of speculation about its non-transparent sponsors and suspicious deals, the Czech political party Věci veřejné (VV; "Public Affairs") charms supporters with its openness on a local level and is riding high in national polls.

MPs overturn anti-crisis measure

Earthimes |
25 February 2010

The lower house Wednesday overturned one of the measures adopted earlier to help the country weather the global economic crisis. Just months before the May 28-29 general election, the 200-seat parliament's lower house voted 94-60 to reverse a cut in maternity leave benefits that has been in force since January. If approved by the Senate and the president, the law would cost CZK 1.5 billion at a time when the country's budget gap has ballooned owing to the crisis.

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