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Politics

Miloš Zeman – political veteran seeking to crown his career

Radio Prague |
20 December 2012

One of the strong favourites in the upcoming direct presidential election is Miloš Zeman, a former prime minister and ex-leader of the Social Democrats.

Parliament deputy refuses to give up mandate despite jail sentence

Radio Prague |
20 December 2012

The Prague High Court on Tuesday sentenced the former Civic Democrat MP Roman Pekárek to five years in prison for bribery and abuse of office. He is expected to begin serving his sentence in a few weeks time, but appears determined to keep his seat in the lower house of Parliament. The decision has caused an outcry since under Czech law he cannot be forced to give up his mandate.

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.

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