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Prague mayor, other ODS councillors, dismissed

Radio Prague |
24 May 2013

Members of the Prague assembly on Thursday dismissed Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda as well as two other Civic Democrat councillors in a vote Thursday that sees the Civic Democrats head into the opposition for the first time in more than 20 years. The collapse of the council at City Hall was prompted earlier this week by TOP 09, whose members said they could no longer work with their partners on key issues.

Analyst: TOP 09 in high-stakes game to secure dominant position on political right

Radio Prague |
23 May 2013

Talks are continuing at Prague City Hall between former coalition partners the Civic Democrats and TOP 09.

President, education minister settle 'Putnagate'

Radio Prague |
23 May 2013

A controversy sparked by the Czech president's reluctance to appoint a university professor seems to have been resolved. Miloš Zeman's refusal to confer the title on Martin C. Putna, a literary historian and vocal critic of his, caused an outcry in the academic community and beyond. However on Wednesday, the president and the education minister struck a deal: Mr Putna will after all be appointed professor. But he will receive his decree from the minister rather than from the head of state himself.

Too little transparency in new law on political party financing

Transparency International |
13 May 2013

The Czech parliament is currently considering a new law to increase transparency in how political parties are funded. This should have been a reason to celebrate. But the law could and should have been so much better, says TI's Radim Bureš.

Settlement plans 'obnoxious,' says Czech foreign minister during visit to Israel

The Times of Israel |
9 May 2013

Considered Jerusalem's best friend in Europe, Prague accuses Israel of taking unnecessary steps 'to provoke everybody'.

Nečas urges caution, referendum on euro in wake of Zeman comments

Radio Prague |
26 April 2013

The rather moribund debate over when to join the single European currency has been revived in recent days, with President Miloš Zeman telling a German newspaper his country could adopt the euro within five years. The eurosceptic government is rather more cautious; PM Petr Nečas reiterated after a meeting with the head of the European Council on Thursday that his government had no plans to set a date for adoption.

Clash between Czech president and foreign minister revived in neighbouring Austria

Radio Prague |
25 April 2013

They were supposed to have buried the hatchet a week ago but a clash between President Miloš Zeman and the country's foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, was revived on Tuesday.

Roman Janoušek in the dock

The Economist |
12 April 2013

The feeling is widespread in the Czech Republic that the rich and politically connected can avoid prison no matter how egregious their crimes. That mood alone is enough to bring plenty of attention to the allegations made against Roman Janoušek, an infamous Prague lobbyist.

The wise fool of Czech politics

Prague Post |
12 April 2013

Radek John defends his role in disgraced Public Affairs party

More turmoil for body overseeing secret police archives as director sacked

Radio Prague |
12 April 2013

Since it was established six years ago the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has provided unprecedented public access to secret files once held by the security apparatus of communist Czechoslovakia. But it's been a troubled institution, under constant political pressure and plagued by in-fighting. And now it's in turmoil again, after the latest director was sacked.

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