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Czech leftists see chance to take power, eye tax hikes

Reuters |
23 October 2012

The main Czech Social Democratic opposition believes it can take power early next year if the embattled center-right cabinet collapses, and would seek to raise taxes and possibly loosen budget targets, its chairman said in an interview. An opinion poll released on Monday found the Social Democrats would win 33% of the vote if an election were held now, up from 31.5% in September.

Opposition vows to counter cabinet plans with Senate win

Bloomberg |
22 October 2012

The opposition Social Democrats pledged Sunday to counter government policies after gaining a majority in the Senate that gives it the power to reject Cabinet bills. The ČSSD won 13 seats in runoff voting on Oct. 19-20 for a third of the Senate, according to the statistics office. PM Petr Nečas's Civic Democrats got four seats, while his coalition partner, the TOP09 party, won two. The vote gives the Social Democrats a total of 46 senators in the 81-seat chamber and the Civil Democrats 15.

First Pirate Party senator elected in Czech Republic

TorrentFreak |
22 October 2012

In a two-stage runoff election, the Czech party's Libor Michálek has become the first Pirate to be elected to a national government seat.

The undoing of a master modern Czech lobbyist

Prague Post |
19 October 2012

Marek Dalík's arrest ends a legacy of opaque dealings in high politics

PM uncertain he can survive tax vote as deadline nears

Reuters |
18 October 2012

Prime Minister Petr Nečas said on Wednesday he was not sure he would be able to put down a rebellion by several backbenchers that is threatening to bring down the centre-right cabinet as early as next week. The central European government lacks a safe parliamentary majority and without a deal with a group of deputies in his Civic Democrats (ODS), Nečas will lose a confidence vote tied to tax laws due to be debated in parliament from next Tuesday.

Social Democrat MP Jan Hamáček: Communist Party's strong showing in regional elections should be a lesson to us

Radio Prague |
18 October 2012

With talks underway on forming regional governments, the Social Democratic Party is still coming to terms with the fact that although it came first in last weekend’s regional elections it is the Communist Party which is regarded as the real winner.

PM pledges deficit cuts after election defeat

Bloomberg |
16 October 2012

Prime Minister Petr Nečas pledged to continue deficit cuts that helped reduce borrowing costs after a defeat in regional elections threaten to weaken him as the leader of the coalition government and his party. The government, which lost its parliamentary majority in April following personnel and budget rows, is struggling to push through a bill including tax increases as a group of ruling- party lawmakers opposes the plan.

Czech right faces losses

The Wall Street Journal |
12 October 2012

The center-right Czech national government is expected to take a drubbing in regional and senatorial elections this weekend with its voters likely to be the latest in the European Union to kick back against austerity measures. The elections won't alter the Czech parliamentary composition or the cabinet but will be a clear indicator of public opinion and could add leverage to calls for an early general election. The latest opinion polls suggest an early election would favor the country's left-leaning political parties.

Labor minister resigns after police charge deputy

Reuters |
4 October 2012

Czech Labor and Social Affairs Minister Jaromír Drábek resigned on Wednesday after police charged his first deputy with bribery, another blow to the centre-right government already weakened by corruption scandals in the past year. Police charged Deputy Labor Minister Vladimír Šiška with bribery on Monday. A court ordered on Wednesday his detention until trial. Drábek said he believed Šiška, his former long-term business partner, would be cleared.

Dlouhý full speed ahead

Prague Post |
21 September 2012

Presidential candidate outlines his plans for Europe and the domestic economy

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