Thursday, 21 March 2019

Politics

Čaputová wins first round of Slovak Presidential elections

Prague Daily Monitor |
18 Mar 2019

Lawyer, anti-establishment activist and the only major female candidate in the race, Zuzana Čaputová comfortably won the first round of the Slovak Presidential elections, held over the weekend. With 41% of the vote, she will face off against European Commission Vice President and diplomat Maroš Šefčovič who got only 19%, in the second round of the elections.

ODS expels Klaus Jr. from party

Prague Daily Monitor |
18 Mar 2019

The Civic Democrats announced on Saturday that they had expelled controversial politician Václav Klaus Jr. from the party. Citing his recent behaviour, the party said that Klaus Jr had embarrassed the party, and over a long period, had not respected the party's principles, values and political agenda. They also called out his attacks on party colleagues in parliament, support of opposing candidates in the recent Senate elections and other instances of his bad behaviour.

Faltýnek battles to save himself in Parliament

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Mar 2019

Jaroslav Faltýnek, ANO's parliamentary leader and deputy head of the party, faced parliament on Thursday, in an attempt to explain his behavior, after allegations emerged that he had acted inappropriately by facilitating a meeting between highway-toll firm Kapsch and the National Antitrust Office (ÚOHS).

ODS calls for Klaus Jr. to leave parliamentary group

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Mar 2019

Právo reports that the ODS called for MP Vaclav Klaus Jr. to leave the party's parliamentary caucus, after remarks he made on Tuesday, when he compared the Chamber of Deputies to the Centre for Jewish Emigration of the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The ODS' parliamentary group passed on their ultimatum to Klaus Jr on Wednesday evening. Klaus Jr. indicated he would not leave, and dared the party to expel him.

ANO continues to dominate Czech politics

Prague Daily Monitor |
11 Mar 2019

The latest political opinion polls for the period between February 9th and March 1st, underline the dominance Prime Minister Andrej Babis' ANO party, continues to have on Czech politics. The polls which were conducted by Kantar CZ for Czech Television, have ANO at 31%, comfortably ahead of the Pirates at 17.5%.

Opposition calls for Vondracek's resignation after 2017 parliamentary celebrations come to light

Prague Daily Monitor |
8 Mar 2019

The opposition called for the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondracek's (ANO) resignation, after pictures of him playing the guitar, standing on the Speaker's table in Parliament, emerged in public.

Social Democrats add fresh faces to leadership line-up, but is the orange party really getting redder?

Radio Prague |
5 March 2019

At their party congress this weekend, the Social Democrats re-elected Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček chairman and elevated rising political star Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček to deputy chairman. Delegates also endorsed a revised party platform, representing a shift some observers view as more radically left.

Hamáček says he will not change ČSSD ministers

Prague Daily Monitor |
25 Feb 2019

Jan Hamáček, who leads the Social Democrats, the junior partner in the current governing coalition, told Právo on the weekend that he was against changing some of the ČSSD's ministers in the government, despite outside pressure to do so.

ČSSD and Greens to support Pirate Petr Daubner for Prague 9 Senate seat

Prague Daily Monitor |
19 Feb 2019

Právo reports that a unique cross-party coalition of the Pirates, ČSSD, Greens and the citizen's grouping Senator 21, will support Petr Daubner in the upcoming Prague 9 Senate byelection in April. Daubner is currently a Prague 9 councilman for the Pirates.

Quo vadis, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš? For everyone, to Europe.

Radio Prague |
19 February 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has been re-elected chairman of the ANO party that he founded seven years ago, running unopposed at the party's congress on Sunday. Polls show Mr. Babiš remains the most popular, trusted politician in parliament, and ANO would win general elections if held today. So, what direction is he looking to take the party – and the country?

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