Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Former culture minister joins Czech Government Human Rights Council

26 July 2019

Deník N reports that former Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman (KDU-ČSL) has joined the Czech Government Human Rights Council. His nomination, which was proposed by Human Rights Commissioner Helena Válková (ANO), was approved by the cabinet on Monday.

Czech gov't spat over minister drags on, president to decide on post in August

Reuters |
25 July 2019

Czech President Miloš Zeman will decide in August on whether to accept the Social Democrats' preferred pick for culture minister, a personnel move at the heart of a dispute rattling the ruling coalition.

China's political interference in Czech Republic back in focus |
25 July 2019

Political interference by China is now essentially a global phenomenon. In the Czech Republic, relations with Beijing are institutionalised in the 17 plus 1 framework and bilateral agreements. Their real impact is difficult to assess but they have already pitted the country's president against many other politicians and the public.

Czech senators say president violated country's constitution

AP |
25 July 2019

The upper house of the Czech Parliament has voted to bring charges against President Milos Zeman for allegedly violating the constitution. The Senate, which is controlled by the opposition, voted 48-20 Wednesday to file the charges at the Constitutional Court. Zeman denies wrongdoing. A three-fifths majority in Parliament's lower house would also have to approve the Senate's request for the court to deal with the case.

Commentary: Czech President spouts reassuring nonsense to ultra-nationalists

Romea |
19 July 2019

Czech President Miloš Zeman has distinguished himself yet again. In the greeting he gave recently to the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) movement's program conference, he assured the members that they are not extremists, but "radicals".

Junior ruling party sets ultimatum for staying in cabinet

Bloomberg |
16 July 2019

The Social Democrats set a final condition for staying in the government, prolonging a political crisis that has brought the ruling coalition to the brink of collapse. The party said Monday it will leave the minority cabinet unless President Milos Zeman appoints their nominee for culture minister. A potential coalition breakup would be a blow for PM Andrej Babis. But the departure of his junior partner wouldn't automatically trigger early elections.

Social Democrats to decide Monday whether to quit government

US News & World Report/Reuters |
15 July 2019

Czech Social Democrats will decide on Monday whether to leave the minority government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis due to a long-running spat over replacing one of their ministers, party chief Jan Hamacek said on Friday.

Request to remove minister may bring down Czech government

The Washington Post/AP |
12 July 2019

Czech leaders failed Thursday to resolve a dispute over a Cabinet minister that could cause the government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis asked President Milos Zeman to replace his culture minister in May at the request of a partner party in his minority coalition government. Babis said after a meeting on Thursday the president remained unready to act.

Top-level meeting on government crisis brings no result

Radio Prague |
8 July 2019

President Miloš Zeman has not made any final decision concerning the replacement of Culture Minister Antonín Staněk, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said after a meeting at Lány Chateau on Thursday. Mr Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček met with the head of state with the aim to resolve the dispute that could bring down the government.

Zdeněk Hřib: the Czech mayor who defied China

The Guardian |
4 July 2019

By refusing to expel a Taiwanese diplomat, the Prague mayor has joined the ranks of local politicians confronting contentious national policies.

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