Friday, 26 April 2019

Politics

Support for Pirates and ANO continues to grow

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

The latest political opinion polls conducted by Kantar CZ, for Czech Television, show that support for ANO and the Pirate Party continues to rise, at the cost of support for a number of other parties.

David Smoljak wins Prague 9 Senate runoff

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Screenwriter David Smoljak (STAN) won a runoff against long-time Prague 9 Mayor and ODS candidate Jan Jarolím, for the Prague 9 senatorial seat, over the weekend. Smoljak won comfortably with 59.5% of the vote and Jarolím managed only 40.5% of the vote.

Political analyst: Ministers who do not score points for ANO have to go

Radio Prague |
12 April 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday announced the details of a planned cabinet reshuffle. Radio Prague asked political analyst Jiří Pehe about the timing of the reshuffle and the reasons behind it.

Babiš announces replacements for Ťok and Nováková

Prague Daily Monitor |
11 Apr 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) announced the names of replacements for Transport Minister Dan Ťok (for ANO) and Industry Minister Marta Nováková (for ANO) on Wednesday afternoon.

Klauses plot return with new party - but what will its prospects be?

Radio Prague |
11 April 2019

Weeks after his expulsion from the Civic Democrats, anti-EU MP Václav Klaus Jr. has revealed plans to launch a new party following May's Euro elections. His father, the well-known former prime minister and president Václav Klaus, is set to occupy an honorary role in the new grouping.

Calls for KSČM chief's head grow louder

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 Apr 2019

Opposition parties joined MPs from the Communist party in calling for Vojtěch Filip to step down from his role as KSČM Chair and Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. According to Pravo, Filip lobbied for controversial businessman Tomáš Horáček, after he was accused of tax fraud, by contacting the Finance Office in Ústí nad Labem.

STAN suggests decentralisation of governance, moving offices out of Prague

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 Apr 2019

STAN, the party of mayors and independents, suggested at a conference in the Chamber of Deputies, on Monday, that the country would be better off if several government bodies moved their offices from Prague, to the regions. STAN has drafted a law on the subject and is looking for support from other parties.

Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?

Global Voices |
9 April 2019

While Slovakia and the Czech Republic officially and amicably split in 1993, their societies still share strong cultural, economic, and political links — to the point that some segments of Czech society are calling Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia's president-elect, as a "Czech president".

Agriculture Minister Toman alleged to have conflict of interest

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 Apr 2019

Czech Television reports that Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman (ČSSD) is alleged to have a conflict of interest, due to a bunch of suspicious land deals made by his father, Miroslav Toman Sr., when Toman Jr. was a Deputy Minister at the ministry.

Transport Minister Ťok to quit

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 Apr 2019

Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) told Novinky.cz on Monday, that he will be exiting the government shortly. Ťok said that he had agreed on his exit with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and that the PM would decide the exact date shortly. Ťok is the longest serving Transport Minister and took over the post in December 2014, serving both, in the previous Bohuslav Sobotka (ČSSD) government and in the current cabinet. Ťok said he was exhausted and wanted to exit politics.

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