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Politics

Zeman gaining on Švejnar, Fischer still leads

Czech Position |
9 May 2012

A new public opinion poll shows presidential hopeful Miloš Zeman, the former Social Democrat prime minister, gaining ground on Czech-American economist Jan Švejnar — in the battle for second place. However, the latest Factum Invenio poll shows that Jan Fischer (unaffiliated), who served as prime minister in a caretaker government, would still win by a comfortable margin with 24.4% of the vote compared to 17.8% for Švejnar and 12% for Zeman.

Seven Czech parties seek to ride into big time

Czech Position |
9 May 2012

Small parties that have passed or are approaching the magical entry threshold are jostling for attention and votes to get into parliament.

ANO 2011 earmarks tens of millions for party roll out, Senate vote

Czech Position |
7 May 2012

The political movement, soon to be party, ANO 2011 is preparing its campaign and spending for Senate elections in the fall.

Presidential candidate Švejnar to run as independent

Czech Position |
4 May 2012

Czech-American economics professor Jan Švejnar declines to stand as candidate for Social Democrats.

VV breakaway party baptised, seeks logo

Czech Position |
4 May 2012

The leader of the breakaway political faction around Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake has announced the party, she and supporters are seeking to create will be baptized — LIDEM or "For the People." Peake announced the choice — made from 98 options including the winning suggestion from a member of the public on the social network site Facebook — at a news conference on Thursday, adding that it was meant to reflect the party's place on the political spectrum.

Svoboda: churches in silent prayer (and opposition) until restitution a reality

Czech Position |
4 May 2012

With the church dependent on the state, it keeps mum on issues contrary to its teachings and fails to act as a 'moral compass,' KDU-ČSL man says.

Cabinet faces budget risk on smaller majority, Fitch says

Bloomberg |
3 May 2012

The government's reduced majority following a breakup of the ruling coalition may make it harder to meet plans to cut the budget deficit, Fitch Ratings said.

Independent Petr Fiala named education minister

Czech Position |
3 May 2012

Party leaders across the political spectrum have welcomed the appointment as education minister of political scientist Petr Fiala, an academic with no party affiliation, though the leader of the main opposition says budget constraints will hamstring the new minister's efforts to reform the sector. He said his immediate aim was to "stabilize the sector and create an environment in which there would be mutual trust among all participants working for change that the education system will undergo at all levels."

Suspicious Prague land-use plans benefited 'godfathers'

Czech Position |
2 May 2012

During the era of former mayor Pavel Bém (ODS), Prague City Hall endorsed over 200 suspicious changes in the city's zoning plan catered to selected real estate developers or the influential lobbyists and entrepreneurs known as "godfathers," Mláda fronta Dnes reported Monday. "The number of changes that were approved, despite various technical concerns, is truly high. There are dozens of such cases," deputy mayor Tomáš Hudeček (TOP 09) told the daily.

PM wins confidence vote for reset center-right coalition

Czech Position |
30 April 2012

PM wins confidence vote for center-right coalition government and avoids threat of early elections.

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