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Klaus says active politicians creating nervous markets

The Washington Post |
14 July 2010

Talking to Bloomberg's Sara Eisen on July 10 in Siena, Italy, president Václav Klaus said active politicians are creating "nervous" markets in Europe.

President swears in new Czech "reform" government

Radio Prague |
14 July 2010

A new Czech centre-right government made up of the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and Public Affairs was sworn in by the president in a ceremony at Prague Castle Tuesday.

Female Czech MPs pose for calendar |
13 July 2010

Female members of the Czech parliament have posed for a glamorous calendar to highlight the growing presence of women in Czech politics.

Cracks in governing coalition already show

Prague Post |
9 July 2010

Recent days raise questions about government's long-term stability.

Nečas unveils cabinet

Radio Prague |
1 July 2010

Tortuous negotiations on who will fill key posts in the new centre-right cabinet appear to have ended in agreement, with the final pieces of the jigsaw falling into place for new prime minister Petr Nečas. His Civic Democrats seem to have made considerable concessions, with the powerful ministries of finance, foreign affairs and the interior all going to smaller coalition allies. But surprisingly – and for the first time in eight years – there's not a single woman amongst them.

Czech parties agree govt posts, Kalousek at finance

Reuters |
30 June 2010

Czech parties negotiating the formation of a centre-right government agreed on the division of key cabinet posts on Wednesday, including the appointment of austerity advocate Miroslav Kalousek as finance minister. The agreement is a big step forward in new PM Petr Nečas's drive to form a strong government capable of slashing the budget deficit and launching pension and social policy reforms that have been hampered in the past by weak parliamentary majorities.

Nečas appointed new prime minister

Radio Prague |
29 June 2010

The Czech Republic has a new prime minister and is on track for a new government, after more than a year of political limbo caused by the downfall of Mirek Topolánek's centre-right coalition. Petr Nečas was appointed by President Klaus in a brief ceremony at Prague Castle on Monday morning. He'll head a centre-right government that promises austerity measures to tame the budget deficit and a concerted campaign against corruption.

Interim cabinet quits, opens way for successor

BusinessWeek |
28 June 2010

Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer's interim government resigned, opening the way for President Václav Klaus to name a new administration following May general elections.

NGO: preferential votes behind more women in lower house

Radio Prague |
25 June 2010

Last month's election saw more women than ever before elected to the lower house: 44. The three centre-right parties holding talks on forming the government have since put forward three women politicians for important posts.

Fresh air

The Economist |
18 June 2010

After years of sleaze and stagnation central European politics is livening up. In April the centre-right gained a thumping majority in Hungary. At the end of May Czech voters, spurred by an anti-corruption campaign, shunned the two main parties for newcomers. And now Slovaks have evicted the country's most effective politician, the populist and nationalist prime minister Robert Fico, in favour of a bunch of free-market parties preaching lean government and ethnic harmony.

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