Friday, 23 August 2019


Election watch: ČSSD big on promises

Prague Post |
19 March 2010

There is a proverb that goes, "Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver." Voters are well advised to keep this in mind in light of the mounting list of promises emanating from ČSSD.

Czech left plans to crack down on utility prices

Reuters |
12 March 2010

The largest Czech leftist party, leading opinion polls in the run-up to an election in May, pledged on Thursday to impose lower prices for utilities such as electricity and water.

New party bets on popularity of charismatic leader

Radio Prague |
9 March 2010

TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg and his team have just launched an unusual campaign aimed at getting young Czechs to vote.

Six Czechs arrested over suspected unlawful immigration, bigamy

Liverpool Echo |
26 February 2010

Six Czechs were arrested by the UK Border Agency on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration and bigamy.

Supernova John

Prague TV |
26 February 2010

Despite a wave of speculation about its non-transparent sponsors and suspicious deals, the Czech political party Věci veřejné (VV; "Public Affairs") charms supporters with its openness on a local level and is riding high in national polls.

MPs overturn anti-crisis measure

Earthimes |
25 February 2010

The lower house Wednesday overturned one of the measures adopted earlier to help the country weather the global economic crisis. Just months before the May 28-29 general election, the 200-seat parliament's lower house voted 94-60 to reverse a cut in maternity leave benefits that has been in force since January. If approved by the Senate and the president, the law would cost CZK 1.5 billion at a time when the country's budget gap has ballooned owing to the crisis.

Czech parties agree to end parliamentary deadlock

Forexyard/Reuters |
24 February 2010

Czech political parties settled on Tuesday a dispute which has paralysed parliamentary business for weeks, allowing the non-partisan government to push through some legislation but keeping big spending bills off the agenda.

Czech ex-PM Topolánek divorced. No Sarkozy-like show

aktuálně.cz |
23 February 2010

Mirek Topolánek, the leader of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and the former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, is divorced. The district court in Prague 6 annulled his marriage to Pavla Topolánková Monday, during its second hearing on the issue.

Czech election season kicks off with calls for defenestration

The Wall Street Journal |
27 January 2010

In May, Czechs will likely head to polling rooms in the long-awaited general elections, but Tuesday the campaign season got underway with leading politicians making speeches at the start of the Czech parliament's 2010 plenary session.

Czech politicians struggle with the demands of campaigning online

Radio Prague |
7 January 2010

It appears that Czech politicians have discovered the power of the Internet. But while elsewhere the medium has revolutionized campaigning thanks to its interactivity, in the Czech Republic it has acquired the form of gauche New Years' greetings from politicians, boring web sites and fraudulent web pages ridiculing the politician or party in question.

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