Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka gained ground on Tuesday against rivals trying to depose him as party chief and candidate for prime minister, after an unconvincing election win last weekend. Sobotka said he would call a session of the powerful 190-strong central committee, the highest party body other than a congress, for November 10 to settle scores after what he called an attempted coup. “This meeting will decide the party’s future and what kind of politics it will stand for, a democratic and autonomous one, or if it becomes a service organisation of behind-the-scenes players,” he said.Continue Reading

Czech state-run power giant ČEZ said on Thursday it had launched arbitration proceedings against Albania to seek damages after the Balkan state revoked its local distribution licence. Ranked Central Europe’s biggest utility and public company, ČEZ said in a statement that Albania had failed to protect the company’s investment there, in the electricity distributor Shperndarje.Continue Reading