Monday, 23 October 2017
Politics | Radio Prague

New rules apply to the Czech elections to the lower house of parliament for the first time limiting parties budgets' and making them declare funding and spending flows. But while it's a step in the right direction, some flaws are still seen in the overall framework.

Politics | ČTK

Several civic activists, including signatories of the Charter 77 dissident manifesto, called on Czechs to vote for democratic parties and reject the candidates who want the destruction of the political system in the forthcoming election.

National | ČTK

Czech President Miloš Zeman, whom the Plzeň Region representatives criticised on Wednesday for his recent words on Crimea's annexation as a fait accompli, repeated them and said they do not mean his legitimising the Russian step in 2014.

National | ČTK

Brexit does not mean that Britain will throw out anyone from the country, British Ambassador to the Czech Republic Jan Thompson said in an interview with CTK on Wednesday.

Politics | Bloomberg

Tomio Okamura's background is about as multicultural as you can get. The son of a Czech mother and a Japanese-Korean father, he suffered racist bullying in Japan and the Czech Republic that was so severe he developed a stutter and wet his bed until the age of 14.

Politics | ČTK

The ANO movement of Andrej Babis, a clear favourite of the October 20-21 Czech general election, may need two partners to form a majority government, while the creation of an anti-Babis coalition is not very realistic, based on politicians' statements about post-election cooperation.

Politics | ČTK

At least 14 names were withdrawn from the lists of candidates shortly before the October 20-21 election to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament, the election officials told journalists on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

The Czech Health Ministry does not have enough money for 2018 to meet the protesting out-patient specialists and general practitioners' demands, the planned spending increase will mostly be used to raise hospital staff's wages, Minister Miloslav Ludvik said on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

Former Skoda car maker's board chairman Vratislav Kulhanek, 73, has officially applied to the Interior Ministry for registration as a candidate for Czech president, billionaire Pavel Sehnal, who heads the small Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA) and sponsors Kulhanek's campaign, said on Wednesday.

National | ČTK

University of Vienna professor Stefan M. Newerkla, expert in Bohemian studies, received the Josef Dobrovsky award of merit of the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV CR) from its chairwoman Eva Zazimalova on Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

Three different attitudes to European integration have appeared in Czech politics in the recent days, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Wednesday, two days before the general election.

National | ČTK

Puppy mills, large-scale dog breeding facilities aimed to generate the quickest possible profit at the cost of animal maltreatment, have become infamous in the Czech Republic, but people are less aware of kitten mills mushrooming in the country as well, daily Pravo wrote on Wednesday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will propose a bill after the general election to set rules for the operation of alternative taxi services such as Uber and introduce basic rules for taxis and their alternatives, with taxis being granted certain advantages, Pavel Belobradek said on Wednesday.

Politics | The New York Times

In a year in which Europe has teetered through a series of fateful votes — in the Netherlands, France, Britain, Germany, Spain and then this weekend in Austria — the outcome of Czech parliamentary elections on Friday and Saturday may well determine whether a fissure between the more prosperous nations of Western Europe and the increasingly authoritarian countries of the East will widen into a chasm.

Politics | Politico

The Czech Republic is set to take a Euroskeptic turn in a general election later this week — even though the EU has hardly featured in the campaign.