Friday, 24 May 2019

Politics

PM Babiš: Holding EU presidency is just 'blathering with sandwiches'

Politico.eu |
28 March 2019

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš suggested scrapping his country's turn with the EU's rotating Council presidency because it is a waste of money and nothing more than "blathering with sandwiches," according to local media. The daily Deník N reported that Babiš told Cabinet ministers in a meeting on Monday that the country's six months running the presidency of the Council of the EU, in the second half of 2022, would cost a lot of money and bring no benefits, and therefore he suggested they should skip their turn.

Czech PM Babiš meets Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt

Prague Daily Monitor |
27 Mar 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) met with Rainer Haseloff, the Minister President of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, on Tuesday. According to Vlada.cz, the two discussed bilateral relations and economic cooperation, including the state of negotiations of the German Coal Commission and its impact on the Czech Republic.

ODS to nominate Baxa to replace Klaus Jr. on parliamentary committee

Prague Daily Monitor |
27 Mar 2019

The Civic Democrats will nominate Martin Baxa, who is currently one of the party's vice chairs to replace Vaclav Klaus Jr. as the Chair of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, in the Chamber of Deputies.

ANO still strong in the country

Prague Daily Monitor |
26 Mar 2019

The latest political opinion polls from the Public Opinion Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (CVVM AVCR) show that Prime Minister Andrej Babis' ANO party continues to dominate the Czech political scene.

Čaputová wins first round of Slovak Presidential elections

Prague Daily Monitor |
18 Mar 2019

Lawyer, anti-establishment activist and the only major female candidate in the race, Zuzana Čaputová comfortably won the first round of the Slovak Presidential elections, held over the weekend. With 41% of the vote, she will face off against European Commission Vice President and diplomat Maroš Šefčovič who got only 19%, in the second round of the elections.

ODS expels Klaus Jr. from party

Prague Daily Monitor |
18 Mar 2019

The Civic Democrats announced on Saturday that they had expelled controversial politician Václav Klaus Jr. from the party. Citing his recent behaviour, the party said that Klaus Jr had embarrassed the party, and over a long period, had not respected the party's principles, values and political agenda. They also called out his attacks on party colleagues in parliament, support of opposing candidates in the recent Senate elections and other instances of his bad behaviour.

Faltýnek battles to save himself in Parliament

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Mar 2019

Jaroslav Faltýnek, ANO's parliamentary leader and deputy head of the party, faced parliament on Thursday, in an attempt to explain his behavior, after allegations emerged that he had acted inappropriately by facilitating a meeting between highway-toll firm Kapsch and the National Antitrust Office (ÚOHS).

ODS calls for Klaus Jr. to leave parliamentary group

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Mar 2019

Právo reports that the ODS called for MP Vaclav Klaus Jr. to leave the party's parliamentary caucus, after remarks he made on Tuesday, when he compared the Chamber of Deputies to the Centre for Jewish Emigration of the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The ODS' parliamentary group passed on their ultimatum to Klaus Jr on Wednesday evening. Klaus Jr. indicated he would not leave, and dared the party to expel him.

ANO continues to dominate Czech politics

Prague Daily Monitor |
11 Mar 2019

The latest political opinion polls for the period between February 9th and March 1st, underline the dominance Prime Minister Andrej Babis' ANO party, continues to have on Czech politics. The polls which were conducted by Kantar CZ for Czech Television, have ANO at 31%, comfortably ahead of the Pirates at 17.5%.

Opposition calls for Vondracek's resignation after 2017 parliamentary celebrations come to light

Prague Daily Monitor |
8 Mar 2019

The opposition called for the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondracek's (ANO) resignation, after pictures of him playing the guitar, standing on the Speaker's table in Parliament, emerged in public.

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