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 SvobodaContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

Strana svobodných občanů (the party of free citizens) has not even been formally established, but it can already boast the support of three MPs, one senator and a powerful fan at the Castle. Strana svobodných občanů (the party of free citizens) has not even been formally established, but it can already boast the support of three MPs, one senator and a powerful fan at the Castle. President Václav Klaus has at least given some good advice to the party of his protégé Petr Mach. “I don’t remember. It was some small advice,” said Mach who is an economist, executive director of Klaus’ think-tank Center for Economics and Politics and the president’s ideological companion. His Euroskeptical organisation has been supported byContinue Reading