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Politics

Prague's biggest real estate tender could fail again

Czech Position |
20 September 2011

Prague 7 hired Cautor Consulting (without a tender) to advise the district in selecting its new seat; again it may be PPF's to lose.

Czech foreign minister naps during Serbian security conference

Czech Position |
19 September 2011

Heavy-eyed Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg stirred up ire in Serbia thanks to his long nap during a security conference.

Czech 'Zemanites' collect 50,000 signatures in direct elections petition

Czech Position |
15 September 2011

Supporters of ex-Czech PM Miloš Zeman collect 'magic number' of signatures in bid for holding direct presidential elections.

Coalition roads spat halts budget talks

Czech Position |
15 September 2011

The Cabinet was forced to postpone discussions aimed at finalising the govt's planned 2012 budget for the second week in a row after a dispute within the coalition over funding for roads and motorway construction. Public Affairs blocked talks on the budget and a separate deal seeking to compensate the Catholic Church and other religious groups for property confiscated by the former communist regime unless the govt agreed to a major hike in roads funding next year.

Ex-PM Topolánek keeps 'cool' over Steyr bribe allegations via WikiLeaks

Czech Position |
8 September 2011

Steyr official told US Embassy in Prague staff of bribery attempt by lobbyist Marek Dalík via Defense Minister Martin Barták, cables show.

Prague 10 moves to resolve dubious bond portfolio

Czech Position |
8 September 2011

Prague 10 contracts three assessments of its non-liquid bonds bought by Key Investments brokerage, which has since lost its license.

Ultra-con Bátora claims Facebook page hacked

Czech Position |
7 September 2011

Divisive figure Ladislav Bátora claims he didn't write disparaging comments on his Facebook page about TOP 09's Schwarzenberg.

MP Bárta officially charged with attempted bribery

Czech Position |
7 September 2011

Vít Bárta, head of Public Affairs' club of MPs, was notified by anti-corruption police on Tuesday that he faces charges of suspected attempted bribery for cash payments made to former party colleagues Jaroslav Škárka and Kristýna Kočí. At the same time, Škárka was officially charged on suspicion of accepting a bribe from Bárta. Both Bárta and Škárka were served notices of the charges against them on Tuesday while in the building of the lower house of parliament. Both MPs claim they are innocent.

President defends himself over ouzo remarks

Czech Position |
6 September 2011

President Václav Klaus has defended himself against accusations that he offended Greeks by dubbing them lazy ouzo drinkers, in an interview with a Czech newspaper. The Czech head of state's reported comments caused a stir when they reached the ears of Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou. But Klaus says his general comments about the problems of the single currency euro-zone were not aimed directly at Greece. Whatever the version, Klaus' comments about debt-burdened and deficit-challenged Greece have clearly offended.

Jana Bobošíková and the reset on the right

Czech Position |
6 September 2011

Suverenita Party head Jana Bobošíková talks about a shake-up on the right amid speculation about what role President Klaus may play.

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