Monday, 16 September 2019


Staněk explains why he fired Fajt

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

Czech Television reports that Culture Minister Antonín Staněk (ČSSD) responded to a critical letter from the heads of several prominent international galleries and explained why he removed Jiří Fajt, as the Director of National Gallery, in Prague.

New Czech justice minister wants a three-tier court system

Radio Prague |
3 May 2019

On her first day in office as the new Czech justice minister, Marie Benešová, unveiled her plans for reforming the Czech judiciary. In an interview for the daily Lidové noviny, Benešová said she would like to introduce a three-tier court system, which would make the country's two high courts and their state attorneys redundant.

New ministers and deputy PMs appointed

Prague Daily Monitor |
2 May 2019

President Miloš Zeman appointed three new ministers to the cabinet on Tuesday. According to, Karel Havlíček was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Industry and Trade, Vladimir Kremlík was appointed Minister of Transport and Marie Benešová was named the Minister of Justice, in a ceremony at Prague Castle.

Zeman to appoint new ministers on Tuesday

Prague Daily Monitor |
30 Apr 2019

President Miloš Zeman will appoint three new ministers to the cabinet on Tuesday. In addition, Alena Schillerová, the current Finance Minister, will also be appointed a Deputy Prime Minister.

Onderka would ask minister Staněk to resign

Prague Daily Monitor |
29 Apr 2019

Vice Chairman of the Social Democrats Roman Onderka told television host Václav Moravec, on his show on Czech Television, on Sunday that he would ask Culture Minister Antonín Staněk (ČSSD) to resign, if he had the choice.

ANO would win elections

Prague Daily Monitor |
24 Apr 2019

The latest political opinion polls released by the Public Opinion Research Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for April 2019, indicate that ANO would win the elections, with 32% of the vote.

Hamáček warns ANO over Supreme State Prosecutor

Prague Daily Monitor |
24 Apr 2019

Jan Hamáček, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the ČSSD, the junior partner in the current governing coalition, warned ANO and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that his party would leave the coalition, if the government attempted to remove Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman from his position. Hamáček said any vote on Zeman's future, would be the last vote that the government would take, according to Czech Television.

Justice minister's resignation raises concerns about possible political pressure on judiciary

Radio Prague |
24 April 2019

The unexpected resignation of Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek late last week, coming just one day after police investigators proposed charging the prime minister with EU subsidy fraud has raised an outcry from opposition politicians, who say the move gives serious cause for concern about the independence of the Czech judiciary.

Czech culture minister dismisses two prominent museum directors, sparking protests

Artforum |
23 April 2019

Last week, culture minister Antonín Staněk dismissed Jiří Fajt, former director of the National Gallery, and Michal Soukup, the head of the Olomouc Museum of Art. The dismissal of Fajt sparked protests from opposition politicians, cultural figures, and museum directors, who believe the move is politically motivated.

Czech TV presenter to make presidential bid

Emerging Europe |
17 April 2019

The owner and chief presenter of the Czech Republic’s most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup (pictured above), is running for president. "The election comes in 2023. I see quite decent support according to data, and my name has a high reputation, liked by almost 90 per cent of the population," he said during his show on TV Barrandov, the channel he owns. Earlier this year Mr Soukup founded his own political party in order to participate in European parliamentary elections.

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