Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Politics

STAN: Senate should end talk about referendum on leaving EU

Radio Prague |
11 June 2018

The Party of Mayors and Independents, which is represented in the Senate, has said it will push the upper chamber to pass a resolution rejecting the idea of a law which would enable Czechs to vote on whether to leave the EU and NATO.

ANO leader Andrej Babiš gets second chance to form government

Radio Prague |
7 June 2018

President Zeman appointed Andrej Babiš prime minister on Wednesday, giving him a second chance to form a government after his first cabinet failed to win a vote of confidence in the lower house. His chances of success still remain far from certain and thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday evening to protest against the appointment. They were protesting against a government which would have to rely on support from the Communist Party.

CVVM poll suggests Social Democrats on comeback

Radio Prague |
6 June 2018

The Czech Social Democrats appear to be making a comeback according to the latest poll by the agency CVVM in May. The poll puts support for the Social Democrats at 13 percent, in joint second place with the Civic Democrats (ODS) by still trailing the ANO party of current prime minister Andrej Babiš.

Czech head of state meets Social Democrat leader over cabinet

Radio Prague |
6 June 2018

Czech president Miloš Zeman received Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček on Tuesday afternoon. The main subject of talks was set to be the creation of minority coalition Cabinet of the ANO and Social Democrat parties.

Czech PM says transport minister could be part of new government

Radio Prague |
5 June 2018

Prime minister Andrej Babiš has said current transport minister Dan Ťok could continue in the post in a new government he is seeking to put together. Babiš added on Monday that the minister had his support over the question of introducing new motorway and main road tolls after 2019.

Communists flex their muscles as coalition talks near conclusion

Radio Prague |
5 June 2018

As efforts to form a new minority coalition government of the ANO party and the Social Democrats tolerated by the Communists reach their final stage, the Communist Party has been milking the situation to its best advantage.

Multi-party support for Drahoš Senate run

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

The defeated candidate in the second round of presidential elections in January, Jiří Drahoš, is to stand for the Senate with the backing of several political parties, he announced on Friday. The chemist and former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences will have the support of TOP 09, the Christian Democrats, the Mayors and Independents and the Greens when he runs for a Senate post in the Prague 4 constituency in October.

Lawmakers push to do away with second round of Senate elections

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

Moves are afoot to do away with the present system of voting for the Senate, Czech Television reported. Currently if no candidate receives over half the vote in a first round of Senate elections, the two front-runners enter a second round a week later.

Communists: Taxing church compensation condition for supporting ANO-led gov't

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

The head of the Communists' deputies group, Pavel Kováčik, says the party will only support a mooted ANO-Social Democrats minority coalition if financial compensation paid to churches for property seized during the communist era is taxed. The Communists are currently discussing a deal with ANO under which the former would support a government helmed by them in key lower house votes.

Lower house Novichok debate ends before it begins

Radio Prague |
1 June 2018

A lower house debate on statements made about Novichok by Czech President Miloš Zeman ended before it began on Thursday. Only 40 deputies declared themselves present for the Christian Democrat-tabled discussion. As the quorum for the lower house is 57 declared MPs, the speaker abandoned the debate.

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