Sunday, 15 September 2019

Politics

Calls for KSČM chief's head grow louder

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 Apr 2019

Opposition parties joined MPs from the Communist party in calling for Vojtěch Filip to step down from his role as KSČM Chair and Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. According to Pravo, Filip lobbied for controversial businessman Tomáš Horáček, after he was accused of tax fraud, by contacting the Finance Office in Ústí nad Labem.

STAN suggests decentralisation of governance, moving offices out of Prague

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 Apr 2019

STAN, the party of mayors and independents, suggested at a conference in the Chamber of Deputies, on Monday, that the country would be better off if several government bodies moved their offices from Prague, to the regions. STAN has drafted a law on the subject and is looking for support from other parties.

Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?

Global Voices |
9 April 2019

While Slovakia and the Czech Republic officially and amicably split in 1993, their societies still share strong cultural, economic, and political links — to the point that some segments of Czech society are calling Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia's president-elect, as a "Czech president".

Agriculture Minister Toman alleged to have conflict of interest

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 Apr 2019

Czech Television reports that Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman (ČSSD) is alleged to have a conflict of interest, due to a bunch of suspicious land deals made by his father, Miroslav Toman Sr., when Toman Jr. was a Deputy Minister at the ministry.

Transport Minister Ťok to quit

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 Apr 2019

Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) told Novinky.cz on Monday, that he will be exiting the government shortly. Ťok said that he had agreed on his exit with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and that the PM would decide the exact date shortly. Ťok is the longest serving Transport Minister and took over the post in December 2014, serving both, in the previous Bohuslav Sobotka (ČSSD) government and in the current cabinet. Ťok said he was exhausted and wanted to exit politics.

ODS and STAN candidates win first round of Prague 9 Senatorial race

Prague Daily Monitor |
8 Apr 2019

Jan Jarolím, the long-term Mayor of Prague 9, from the Civic Democrats, won the first round of the Prague 9 Senatorial race, held over the weekend. Jarolím with 24.25% of the vote, narrowly beat scriptwriter David Smoljak (STAN) who got 23.53%.

Babiš is cryptic about gov't changes, wants to consult Zeman first

Prague Daily Monitor |
8 Apr 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) told Television Prima, on Sunday that he would not rule out making changes to his ministers and that he will meet President Milos Zeman to discuss them first.

Protesters gather on Malostranské náměstí

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Apr 2019

A number of protesters gathered on Malostranské náměstí, outside the Chamber of Deputies, on Thursday afternoon, to shout slogans. The protestors criticised Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and the current government.

Controversial British right-winger's Parliament visit cancelled

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Apr 2019

Tommy Robinson, the far-right British nationalist, who once headed the English Defence League (EDL), was all set to speak at the Parliament, on Friday, according to Deník N. However, as Czech Television reports, the organisers of the conference on family rights in the 21st Century, that invited Robinson, decided to cancel the conference.

Pressure mounts for Czech trade minister to resign over China-Taiwan diplomatic incident

Radio Prague |
5 April 2019

Pressure is mounting for Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to recall Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková over a diplomatic incident that has highlighted China's efforts to assert its influence in the Czech Republic.

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