Friday, 6 January 2017

Politics

Gov't coalition to debate "lex Babiš" before key vote

ČTK |
21 Nov 2016

Deputy PM and ANO chairman Andrej Babiš will debate the approach to an amendment to the conflict of interest law called "lex Babiš" with the coalition partners from the Social Democrats (ČSSD) and Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) on Wednesday before the key vote.

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TOP 09 to complain against president defamation law

ČTK |
21 Nov 2016

The opposition right-wing TOP 09 would file a complaint against the reinstatement of a president defamation bill with the Constitutional Court if parliament approved it, is head Miroslav Kalousek said in the Questions of Václav Moravec programme on public Czech TV yesterday.

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Zeman's spokesman rejects German magazine's criticism

ČTK |
21 Nov 2016

Der Spiegel German magazine describes Czech President Miloš Zeman as a politician who is loyal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and who is heading eastwards rather than westwards, which Zeman's spokesman Jiří Ovčáček has categorically rejected as nonsense.

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Senate re-elects Štěch as its chairman

ČTK |
18 Nov 2016

Milan Stech (Social Democrats, CSSD) was re-elected Czech Senate chairman as expected on Wednesday, though some senators did not back him due to his support for a recent pro-China statement of four constitutional officials.

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LN: Regional polls make ANO nervous before 2017 election

ČTK |
16 Nov 2016

Czech regions reflect national sentiments and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO movement has a reason for being nervous before the general election next year, Josef Mlejnek Jr writes about the situation after the October regional elections in daily Lidové noviny (LN) yesterday.

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PM: Trade ministry should focus on consumer protection

ČTK |
16 Nov 2016

The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry should focus on the consumer protection, modernisation of the investment incentives system and the support for high-speed Internet, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said after meeting Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mládek (Social Democrats, ČSSD) yesterday.

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Prague has no intention of shutting embassy in Damascus

ČTK |
16 Nov 2016

The Czech Republic will not withdraw from its embassy in Damascus because it effectively helps provide humanitarian aid for Syria, Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said after meeting Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (both Social Democrats, ČSSD) yesterday.

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Zeman hopes Trump will be strong president

ČTK |
16 Nov 2016

Miloš Zeman hopes that U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will be a strong president and it is a good thing that Trump is against immigration and Islamic terrorism, Zeman said in a debate on the importance of small and medium-sized businesses yesterday.

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MPs want defamation of president punishable by year in prison

ČTK |
16 Nov 2016

Sixty MPs have proposed making public defamation of the Czech president a crime punishable by up to a year in prison. The proposal has the backing of deputies from the Social Democrats, ANO, the Communist Party and Dawn. It is yet to be reviewed by the government before its approval process continues.

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Czechoslovak diplomat recognised as “Righteous among the Nations”

Radio Prague |
16 November 2016

Former Czechoslovak diplomat Vladimír Vochoč, who helped hundreds of Jews escape from Vichy, France during the Holocaust, has been recognised as “Righteous among the Nations”, the highest Israeli tribute to non-Jews who saved the lives of Jews during the Second World War.

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