Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Politics

Communist heirs of Havel's jailers mount Czech comeback

Bloomberg |
18 December 2012

One year after the death of Former Czech President Václav Havel, a global icon in fighting dictatorship, his persecutors' political heirs have national power in their sight for the first time since the 1989.

Jan Fischer – popular technocrat with blot on his past

Radio Prague |
18 December 2012

One of the favourites in the presidential race is former prime minister Jan Fischer.

President Klaus gives more hints about life after Prague Castle

Radio Prague |
18 December 2012

Václav Klaus made what is now a limited number of appearances on Czech television as president this weekend – speaking to TV Prima's weekly politics programme Nedělní Partie in a special edition from Prague Castle.

Jan Fischer's bid for the presidency

The Economist |
14 December 2012

The basis of Mr Fischer’s campaign is public distaste for cloak and dagger politics.

Karel Schwarzenberg – a prince with his eye on the Castle

Radio Prague |
14 December 2012

The chairman of TOP 09, Karel Schwarzenberg is one of three candidates for president nominated by a party in Parliament. The blue-blooded Mr. Schwarzenberg is – at 75 – also the oldest of those in the running.

Cabinet reshuffle complete

Radio Prague |
13 December 2012

The cabinet reshuffle, announced on Tuesday, brings to an end speculation over who will lead which ministries in the government’s final year-and-a-half. Despite criticism from the president and members of the opposition, Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake takes over as defence minister, while Zbyněk Stanjura, somewhat surprisingly, will serve as minister of transport. At the weekend, President Václav Klaus questioned the wisdom of appointing Karolína Peake as the new defence minister.

Zuzana Roithová - seeking consensus and transparency in politics

Radio Prague |
13 December 2012

A successful and respected politician on the European, and previously on the national level, Zuzana Roithová seems to be the image of decency in politics. However, her presidential candidacy has so far failed to gather too much public support.

Turnover of ministers in Nečas cabinet unprecedented

Radio Prague |
30 November 2012

Wednesday's announcement that Alexandr Vondra is giving up the defence portfolio means that, since the appointment of Petr Nečas's government in July 2010, 12 ministers have now left the cabinet. Indeed, that's the highest number of departures from one front bench since the foundation of the Czech Republic. Alexandr Vondra was the last of the original five ministers from Petr Nečas's party the Civic Democrats left.

Defence Minister Vondra announces decision to step down

Radio Prague |
29 November 2012

Civic Democrat Alexandr Vondra announced yesterday he was stepping down as defence minister. The straw that broke the camel's back in Vondra's case, was defeat in the recent Senate elections as well as his failure to retain a top spot in his party's leadership.

Analyst: Current government has decayed trust in system, helping the Communists

Radio Prague |
21 November 2012

Twenty-three years ago the Velvet Revolution swept the Communists from power in former-Czechoslovakia but today in the Czech Republic they are doing better than anytime over the last two decades.

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