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EU presidency: Not happy with some Israeli policies

Reuters |
1 April 2009

The Czech EU presidency is not happy with some Israeli policies and an EU-Israel summit is unlikely to take place in the next three months, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Tuesday.

Party leaders agree to early election

New York Times/Reuters |
30 March 2009

Leaders of the two biggest political parties agreed that the Czech Republic should hold an early election, a first step to overcoming a political crisis brought on by a no-confidence vote in the government. ČSSD chairman Jiří Paroubek was quoted as saying he had agreed with outgoing PM Mirek Topolánek on holding an election in October, but Topolánek's spokeswoman said the date had not been determined.

Schwarzenberg warns against war on Iran

3 December 2008

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg called on Israel to give up harsh rhetoric against Iran, and described armed action or war against the Islamic Republic as a "catastrophe".

Radar voting postponed until spring

By Tereza Nosálková |
Hospodářské noviny |
23 Oct 2008

The radar agreement has reached the lower house, but MPs are not expected to vote on the stationing before the end of the year or more likely in the spring.

Road open for Communists

By Petr Weikert |
Hospodářské noviny |
26 Mar 2009

Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek wants to form a new government after losing the no confidence vote yesterday. He said it is the only option of keeping the Communists out.

Klaus plays down govt's fall |
26 March 2009

President Václav Klaus Wednesday played down the significance of the fall of the Czech government, half way through the country's EU presidency. "The fall of the government is not something unknown or catastrophic in a constitutional system that works," he said in a brief address at his official residence in Prague. He said the situation "will be resolved" with "no overturning of our orientation adopted in November" 1989, when the communist regime was toppled.

Analysts view: Czech government loses no-confidence vote

25 March 2009

"There are two things: One is that the role of President Klaus has been strengthened," Jiří Pehe, political analyst, said on Tuesday.

Czech ODS deputies' group expels MP who voted against govt on Tuesday

25 Mar 2009

The deputies for the Czech senior ruling Civic Democratic Party (ODS) expelled Vlastimil Tlustý from the ODS deputies' group on Tuesday, after he voted against the government in a no confidence vote initiated by the opposition, group chairman Petr Tluchoř told journalists.

Yushchenko in Prague: Eastern Partnership no substitute for EU membership

Radio Prague |
25 March 2009

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko began a two-day official visit to the Czech Republic. At a joint briefing with his Czech counterpart, Václav Klaus, Mr Yushchenko called for increased ties between Kiev and the EU, and insisted that this January’s gas crisis was not of his own doing.

Savoy secret meeting: support of president on agenda

Aktuálně.cz |
23 March 2009

Only a year after a meeting between chief of presidential office Jiří Weigl and a controversial lobbyist Miroslav Šlouf one thing becomes clear: the reason for their meeting was the 2008 presidential election. Both have denied this fact up until now.

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