Saturday, 17 November 2018

Politics

Hamáček visits Zeman to ask what he would do if gov't fell

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Nov 2018

Czech Television reports that Jan Hamáček the leader of the ČSSD, the junior partner in the governing coalition visited President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Thursday evening. Hamáček reportedly visited Zeman to consult with him about the scandal surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and how Zeman's next moves might play into the ČSSD's decision about the matter.

Senate passes resolution against Babiš

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Nov 2018

The newly formed Senate, which met on Thursday for the second time, voted in favour of a resolution urging Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to step down, while he was being investigated in the Stork's Nest matter.

Pirate Hřib officially Prague's new mayor

Prague TV |
16 November 2018

Zdeněk Hřib of the Pirate party has been elected the new mayor of Prague by the City Assembly on Nov. 15. The 39 assembly members voted in favor, while 12 were against and 14 abstained.

Embattled Czech PM fighting for his political future

Radio Prague |
15 November 2018

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is once again fighting for his political future in the wake of revelations that his son, who allegedly suffers from a mental disorder was held in Crimea against his will by his father's associate to prevent him testifying in the Stork's Nest affair in which the prime minister faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. Could this be the end of the road for the besieged Czech prime minister? Political analyst Jiří Pehe thinks not.

Kubera is new Senate chief

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Nov 2018

Jaroslav Kubera (ODS) was elected Senate chair in a secret ballot on Wednesday morning. Kubera faced Václav Hampl (Independent, nominated by KDU-ČSL) in a second round runoff after Jan Horník (STAN) was eliminated from the race in the first round.

Babiš meets with ČSSD to explain situation

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Nov 2018

Czech Television reports that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with Social Democrat MPs on Wednesday evening, to explain the situation regarding his son's comments about being kidnapped and the Stork's Nest matter.

Andrea Pfeffer Ferklová to be Mayor of Karlovy Vary

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Nov 2018

Czech Television reports that Andrea Pfeffer Ferklová (ANO) will be the new mayor of Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic's most well-known spa town. She will lead a coalition that includes the Civic Democrats and a local citizen's grouping, Karlovaráci.

Bill to permit postal ballots for Czechs abroad does not pass

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Nov 2018

Lidovky.cz reports that the Chamber of Deputies voted to return a bill introduced by members of the opposition parties including the Pirates, TOP 09, STAN and ODS, which would permit Czechs abroad to vote by post.

Czech PM at centre of new scandal

Radio Prague |
14 November 2018

The investigation into the Stork's Nest affair in which PM Andrej Babiš is suspected of EU subsidy fraud has taken a new twist. The prime minister's son Babiš Jr., who lives in Switzerland, told investigative reporters he had been forcibly detained in Crimea by his father's associates during the time of the investigation so that he would not be called as a witness. The news erupted like a bombshell on the Czech political scene with opposition parties threatening to call a vote of no-confidence in the government.

Fake Green Party posters and pamphlets appear in Prague 3

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 Nov 2018

Over the weekend, a number of posters and pamphlets appearing to belong to the Greens appeared on cars and streets corners all over Zizkov. The Greens were quick to react, questioning their authenticity and initiating a clean up of the streets.

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