Saturday, 15 December 2018


PM wants resolution of situation at head of Foreign Ministry within two months

Radio Prague |
20 August 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO says he hopes Jan Hamáček of coalition partners the Social Democrats resolves the situation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within two months at the latest. He made the comment in an interview for Právo. At present Mr. Hamáček, who is minister of the interior, is also serving as foreign minister in a temporary capacity.

Funeral held for Czech soldier Martin Marcin

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

Sergeant Martin Marcin, one of the three soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on August 5, was buried on Tuesday. A flyover of Czech Army planes took place ahead of the funeral service, which was held in Sergeant Marcin’s hometown of Chomutov.

Babis to offer Italy unmanned aircraft to help fight illegal migration

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, says he will offer Italy and Malta unmanned aircraft to help guard their borders and combat illegal migration when he visits the two states in a fortnight’s time. Mr. Babis made the comment on Tuesday after visiting a Czech company that develops such aircraft.

Young Russians in Prague remember 1968

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Many come here in search of a better life, to escape the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin or homophobia in their homeland. And many find that the Russian led-invasion of Czechoslovakia casts a long shadow.

People In Need launch Instagram campaign to release Sentsov

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

Czech humanitarian organisation People in Need has launched a campaign to release the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov from Russian prison. Oleg Sentsov, who is 39, was arrested in 2014 during a protest against Russia's annexation of Crimea. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Russian military court in 2015 on charges of terrorism, and is now on a hunger strike in the prison.

Czech Communists confront bitter legacy of Prague Spring

The Guardian |
13 August 2018

The ghosts of the past are returning to haunt the Czech Republic’s communists just as they become closer to gaining power than at any time in the past 30 years. A month after agreeing to prop up a minority coalition government led by the country’s second-richest person, Andrej Babis, the once all-powerful Communist party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) is being confronted with one of its most baleful legacies: the brutal crushing in 1968 known as the Prague Spring.

Some expats can vote in Prague elections

Prague TV |
3 August 2018

Many expats in the Czech Republic can participate in the municipal elections, scheduled for Oct. 5–6. The local elections are not only in Prague but across the country and the same rules apply. European Union citizens with residence permits can vote, and they can also run for some local offices including City Council, but not mayor.

Migration will shift political landscape, says Czech PM Babis

Devdiscourse/Reuters |
3 August 2018

Europe's migration problems will be the top voter concern in European Union elections next May, drawing out a silent majority of anti-immigration voters, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said. Babis said the problems in the bloc's border-free Schengen zone were more urgent than those in the eurozone currency group.

Poll: PM Andrej Babiš remians most popular politician

Prague TV |
2 August 2018

A June poll by the STEM agency shows Prime Minister Andrej Babiš remains the country's most popular politician, with 47 per cent of eligible voters giving him a favourable rating. Jaroslav Faltýnek, the deputy chairman of the ANO movement which Mr Babiš founded, ranked second at 38 per cent.

Deadline for candidates for senators expires, 233 get registered

1 Aug 2018

The number of candidates running for Czech senator in the autumn election is the same as in the previous elections to one third of the Senate two years ago, 233, according to information that CTK received from the 27 wards on Tuesday.

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