The Social Democrats ruled the regional elections 17-18 October, dealing a major blow to the governing Civic Democrats just months before the Czech Republic takes over the EU presidency. The results also cast doubt on the planned US anti-missile radar, as the opposition is strongly against stationing the device on Czech soil. Jiří Paroubek’s left-leaning Social Democrats (ČSSD) dominated the polls in all 13 regions, taking 36% of the vote, 13% ahead of the conservative Civic Democrats (ODS), which currently have 12 out of the 13 regional officers. Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said on Czech TV Sunday the results were a wake-up call for his party. “A slap has been dealt to us in the right moment,” he said. “If
US President Obama on Tuesday sought to reassure eastern European allies who have grown uneasy with signals that the new US president may back off of a planned missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
The Party of Free Citizens is using the internet to choose their candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election.
The myriad of challenges the North Atlantic Treaty Organization faces today includes an increasingly self-assured Russia, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said Thursday.
But according to the same survey, 32% of respondents would vote for the ODS, while 29% would vote for the ČSSD.
“We take fence as a medium, we’re not going to restrict but support folk creativity,” KDU-ČSL says. (COURTESY) The Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) are planning a revolutionary thing in their otherwise always safe election campaigns. They decided to rally their voters and supporters in preparation for the European Parliament elections. This could help them close the gap on the richer parties. KDU-ČSL is planning to post billboards and posters on the fences of its supporters. Today they can be already sure of almost 4,000 fences. Most of them are located in southern Moravia, in the Zlín region and around Hradec Králové. The party has not yet appealed to its voters, only to its party members. “We see the fence as a
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has urged Armenia’s leadership to engage in an “intensive dialogue” with the opposition to defuse a postelection political crisis, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.
What changes will the Lisbon Treaty bring to the EU? (ČTK) The Lisbon Treaty will bring about a number of changes mainly concerning the power distribution of individual EU institutions. Only a couple of the changes, however, will register with an ordinary citizen. HN brings you their list. What will be the most obvious change after the Lisbon Treaty? The EU will be represented by one person that of the European Council president in the world. Currently, it is the Prime Ministers and Presidents of the member states rotating in this position every six months. Many foreign partners are confused by this. Already the US Foreign Secretary Henry Kissinger asked for a single phone number for Europe. Potential candidates for
If the Tuesday lower house debate had not been broadcasted live on television, the Lisbon Treaty would have been ratified that day. Politicians said the live broadcast was the only reason they failed to reach an agreement on the treaty on Tuesday. The Czech Republic remains the only EU country that has not yet ratified the treaty. [The lower house finally approved the treaty Wednesday, but the Senate will not be voting on the issue until April.] “We saw some good acting, some bad acting, but all of the actors were aiming to address their voters. I’m absolutely sure we would have been done a while ago if it wasn’t for the live television broadcast,” Regional Development Minister Cyril Svoboda
The Popper family wants the villa housing Russian Embassy in Prague to be returned. (ČTK)Legal dispute between the Popper family and Russian Federation, brought to attention by the online daily Aktuálně.cz, is spreading. The Poppers have already filed a second lawsuit asking for their property to be returned. Their villa and attached land were given to the Russian Federation (former Soviet Union) by President Edvard Beneš for diplomatic purposes. Banker Jiří Popper and family had to leave their residence in haste to escape the Nazis and an almost certain death in a concentration camp. Russia has been using the given house as an embassy since the end of the war. Jiří Popper’s daughter Lisbeth sued Russia for return of the