Saturday, 24 August 2019

Politics

Czech president backs new culture minister nominee

WTVB News/Reuters |
22 August 2019

Czech President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday backed the new nominee for culture minister from the junior party in the ruling coalition, defusing a political crisis that had threatened to topple the government. The Social Democrats earlier nominated Lubomír Zaorálek, a former foreign minister and lower house of parliament speaker, to head the Culture Ministry, after Zeman last week rejected their previous nominee for the post.

Czech government teeters as president schemes

Aljazeera.com |
21 August 2019

The Czech coalition government is teetering on the edge of collapse after Prime Minister Andrej Babis declared he would not support a ministerial nomination made by his junior partner, the Social Democrats (CSSD).

Hamáček: Zeman acting like coach when he should be referee

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

A meeting on Monday between the heads of ANO and the Social Democrats failed to find an impasse in the long-running government crisis. Speaking afterwards, the latter's leader accused the president of violating the constitution and said the very functioning of the state was on the line.

Government on brink of split-up as ruling partners bicker

Bloomberg |
19 August 2019

Czech PM Andrej Babis pushed his minority government closer to the brink of a split-up, refusing to back the appointment of a ministerial candidate from his junior coalition partner. Babis, who previously had not opposed the nomination for culture minister from the Social Democrats, told TV Prima late Friday night that he wouldn't be in a government with his coalition partner's choice for the post. By reversing course, he aligned himself with political ally Czech President Milos Zeman.

Zeman rejection of Šmarda puts coalition gov't under intense pressure

Radio Prague |
16 August 2019

President Miloš Zeman says he will definitely not appoint the Social Democrats' nominee for arts minister to the post, reigniting a political crisis that has been going on for months. With the party insisting they get their way, the governing coalition's days could be numbered.

Czech president rejects minister nominee in row with government party

Reuters |
15 August 2019

Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday rejected the nominee for culture minister proposed by the junior government partners, the Social Democrats, in a dispute that has threatened Prime Minister Andrej Babis's coalition.

Czech Foreign Ministry alarmed by mass arrests at Moscow protest

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is alarmed by the repeated mass arrests of demonstrators in Moscow. Riot police in the Russian capital arrested some 600 people on Saturday in an attempt to suppress a protest rally that had been banned by authorities. The ministry has called on Russian authorities to respect basic rights and freedoms and fulfil their obligations ensuing from Russia’s membership in OSCE.

Deputy to take interim charge of arts portfolio as Staněk finally goes

Radio Prague |
1 August 2019

Months after tendering his resignation, Antonín Staněk finally stepped down as arts minister on Wednesday. He will be replaced in a temporary capacity by a deputy minister, though what will happen next at the Ministry of Culture remains most unclear.

Czech president fires minister, still foot-dragging on replacement

Reuters |
30 July 2019

Czech President Miloš Zeman dismissed the culture minister on Monday after two months of delay that brought the ruling coalition to the brink of collapse. Zeman has so far not said whether he would appoint the Social Democrats' chosen successor to the ministry, Michal Šmarda.

Why is the Czech government in crisis and will it collapse?

Al Jazeera |
30 July 2019

Corruption allegations target PM but immediate risk to government eases as coalition partner withdraws serious threat.

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