Friday, 16 November 2018

Politics

Poche still Social Democrats' sole candidate for foreign minister

Radio Prague |
28 August 2018

Miroslav Poche remains the Social Democrats' only candidate for foreign minister, the party's leader, Jan Hamáček, told journalists on Monday. Mr. Hamáček, who is minister of the interior, has also been acting minister of foreign affairs since President Miloš Zeman rejected Mr. Poche's nomination when he appointed a coalition government of ANO and the Social Democrats.

Poll: ANO set to dominate municipal elections, lose in Prague

Radio Prague |
27 August 2018

The Ano movement of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is set to dominate municipal elections in October nationwide while the opposition Civic Democrats (ODS), the Pirates and far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD) also have a great chance of success, according to polling agency SANEP.

Zeman and Babiš will meet to consider appointing foreign minister

Radio Prague |
27 August 2018

President Miloš Zeman will meet Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) for a working lunch on Monday at which they are expected to discuss filling the post of foreign minister, now temporarily held by Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček, who is also interior minister.

Zeman to honour interwar politician Antonín Švehla

Radio Prague |
24 August 2018

President Miloš Zeman says he will bestow the highest state honour in memoriam on interwar politician Antonín Švehla on October 28, the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Speaking at an agricultural trade fair in České Budějovice on Thursday, Mr. Zeman said he wished to honour Švehla as the founder of the Agrarian Party and a supporter of Czechoslovak agriculture.

PM wants resolution of situation at head of Foreign Ministry within two months

Radio Prague |
20 August 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO says he hopes Jan Hamáček of coalition partners the Social Democrats resolves the situation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within two months at the latest. He made the comment in an interview for Právo. At present Mr. Hamáček, who is minister of the interior, is also serving as foreign minister in a temporary capacity.

Funeral held for Czech soldier Martin Marcin

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

Sergeant Martin Marcin, one of the three soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on August 5, was buried on Tuesday. A flyover of Czech Army planes took place ahead of the funeral service, which was held in Sergeant Marcin’s hometown of Chomutov.

Babis to offer Italy unmanned aircraft to help fight illegal migration

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, says he will offer Italy and Malta unmanned aircraft to help guard their borders and combat illegal migration when he visits the two states in a fortnight’s time. Mr. Babis made the comment on Tuesday after visiting a Czech company that develops such aircraft.

Young Russians in Prague remember 1968

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Many come here in search of a better life, to escape the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin or homophobia in their homeland. And many find that the Russian led-invasion of Czechoslovakia casts a long shadow.

People In Need launch Instagram campaign to release Sentsov

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

Czech humanitarian organisation People in Need has launched a campaign to release the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov from Russian prison. Oleg Sentsov, who is 39, was arrested in 2014 during a protest against Russia's annexation of Crimea. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Russian military court in 2015 on charges of terrorism, and is now on a hunger strike in the prison.

Czech Communists confront bitter legacy of Prague Spring

The Guardian |
13 August 2018

The ghosts of the past are returning to haunt the Czech Republic’s communists just as they become closer to gaining power than at any time in the past 30 years. A month after agreeing to prop up a minority coalition government led by the country’s second-richest person, Andrej Babis, the once all-powerful Communist party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) is being confronted with one of its most baleful legacies: the brutal crushing in 1968 known as the Prague Spring.

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