Monday, 16 July 2018

Politics

Czech opposition party picks new leader

The Wall Street Journal |
20 January 2014

The Civic Democratic Party has elected a former university rector as its new chairman as it tries to recover from a corruption scandal. The party says 49-year-old Petr Fiala easily defeated two other candidates during a party congress on Saturday.

Czech centre-left leader becomes PM, seeking closer EU ties

Reuters |
20 January 2014

Czech President Miloš Zeman appointed centre-left leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister on Friday, opening the way for the former finance minister to pursue looser fiscal policies and closer links with the core of Europe. The 42-year-old trained lawyer was named nearly three months after his Social Democrat party narrowly won an early election, and two weeks after forming a coalition with two centrist parties.

Sobotka becomes 11th Czech PM since 93…but how long will he last?

Radio Prague |
20 January 2014

Mr Sobotka, who leads the leftist Social Democrats, is currently putting the finishing touches to a three-party coalition, but the question on everyone's lips is will this government be any more stable than previous ones?

Interview with Ambassador Otto Jeline

Prague Connect |
16 January 2014

Otto Jelinek: a businessman, former figure skater, and a successful politician who became the Canadian Ambassador to the Czech Republic just a few weeks ago.

Don’t mix sport and politics says Zeman ahead of Sochi, while Čáslavská boycotts him

Radio Prague |
16 January 2014

Evidently concerned over Russia’s human rights record, some European leaders have rejected invitations to attend the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in three weeks’ time. Among those who will be there is Czech President Miloš Zeman, who takes the view that sport and politics should not be mixed.

Prez: Gov’t goals good, but show me the money

Prague Post |
14 January 2014

Zeman to address Chamber of Deputies before confidence vote

Zeman: Ariel Sharon was great statesman

Prague Post |
13 January 2014

PM Rusnok and Defense Minister Picek to attend funeral in Israel

Zeman to appoint Sobotka PM Jan 17, but hints at cabinet minister veto

Radio Prague |
13 January 2014

President Miloš Zeman has confirmed he will appoint Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister next week…but questions remain over Sobotka's choice of ministers.

Political battle possible if president rejects cabinet nominees

Radio Prague |
10 January 2014

Though the ink is long dry on a coalition deal and cabinet posts agreed on by the three parties concerned, the path to a new Czech government remains unclear.

Czech president says he will appoint new PM within days

Reuters |
10 January 2014

President Miloš Zeman will appoint Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka as prime minister within days, he told Reuters on Thursday, opening the way for a centre-left coalition to try to revive the economy after months of political stalemate. Zeman said he had reservations about some nominations for ministers, but it was "very realistic" to expect the full cabinet would be appointed by the end of the month.

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