Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Politics

President Zeman gives passing grade to coalition government

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

In an interview with Czech Television, Czech president Miloš Zeman has given a positive assessment of the current coalition government, which came into office this January. Specifically, Zeman noted that the government should be ranked on economic growth, and related indicators such as real wages and increased pensions.

Unlike Hungary, Czechs double down on liberal policy goals

The Wall Street Journal |
18 August 2014

A leading Czech governing politician says there needs to be more support for tolerant social and economic views domestically and in Europe and he plans to launch a think tank to promote such policies. This is happening all the while the Hungarian government moves in the opposite direction and shows increasing disdain for liberal democratic principles.

PM shrugs off president’s criticism of compromise on civil service bill

Radio Prague |
15 August 2014

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has shrugged off criticism by President Miloš Zeman over a compromise reached with part of the opposition on a civil service bill.

Zeman comes out against sanctions on Russia

Radio Prague |
15 August 2014

The West's tough sanctions on Russia have come in for criticism from the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, who argues that such measures do more harm than good.

Freedom isn't free, says Czech opposition leader Schwarzenberg

The Wall Street Journal |
14 August 2014

The leader of the Czech opposition has taken business leaders, farmers, and commentators to task for complaining about the economic cost of Russia-related sanctions when Ukraine’s political crisis remains unresolved.

NGO: civil service watered down by political compromise

Radio Prague |
14 August 2014

The Czech coalition and opposition parties have reached a compromise on civil service reform, paving the way for Parliament to adopt the long-overdue legislation.

Plzeň name Koubek manager day after sacking Uhrin

Radio Prague |
13 August 2014

Viktoria Plzeň football club have appointed Miroslav Koubek as manager. Plzeň announced the news on Tuesday, a day after dismissing Dušan Uhrin Jr.

Finance minister begins negotiations with fellow cabinet members on 2015 state budget

Radio Prague |
13 August 2014

Officially, members of the cabinet began a two week summer vacation but behind the scenes no one is kicking back yet. On Monday, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš launched negotiations with the heads of the individual ministries on next year’s state budget, some of which will not be easy.

Cabinet members off for two weeks

Radio Prague |
12 August 2014

Members of the ruling coalition - the Social Democrats, ANO, and the Christian Democrats - will meet for the next cabinet meeting in two weeks, on August 27.

Dienstbier rejects accusations his bureau has not cooperated

Radio Prague |
11 August 2014

The government minister for human rights, Jiří Dienstbier, held a special press conference on Friday where he rejected accusations his bureau was not cooperating fully after a disagreement on new civil service legislation

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