Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Politics

Poche resigns as political secretary at FM

Prague Daily Monitor |
19 Oct 2018

MEP Miroslav Poche, who was a one-time CSSD nominee for the post of Foreign Minister, will finish his role as a political secretary at the ministry, at the end of this month.

Schwarzenberg calls new foreign minister useless

Prague Daily Monitor |
19 Oct 2018

Former Foreign Minister and TOP 09 politician Karel Schwarzenberg told Czech Television's Interview 24 show that new Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček was a novice and would not be able to stand up to the Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, or to President Miloš Zeman in Prague Castle.

iDNES.cz: CSSD might split, may not be a bad thing

Prague Daily Monitor |
18 Oct 2018

iDNES.cz reports that the CSSD might be heading toward a split, and it may not be a bad thing in the absence of an authoritative leader. Commentator Petr Kolar writes that the party clearly has two factions that are increasingly at odds with each other.

Zimola's faction in ČSSD wants to reconstruct party and government

Prague Daily Monitor |
17 Oct 2018

Jiří Zimola, vice chair of the Social Democrats announced that his platform within the party, Zachraňme ČSSD (Save the ČSSD) wanted a change of ministers in the government and to reconstruct the party, because the minsters were not fulfilling their potential.

Zeman appoints Petříček as foreign minister

Prague Daily Monitor |
17 Oct 2018

President Miloš Zeman finally appointed Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) foreign minister at a ceremony held in Prague Castle on Tuesday. In his appointment speech, Zeman thanked Jan Hamáček, leader of the ČSSD for agreeing to finally change his party's original nomination – MEP Miroslav Poche.

Profile of new Brno mayor Markéta Vaňková

Brno Daily |
16 October 2018

Attorney and career politician Markéta Vaňková has become the second woman to hold the highest political position in the city, after constitutional judge Dagmar Lastovecká (ODS).

Zeman warns ČSSD about split, suggests scrapping Senate

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

In a no-holds-barred interview with Czech Radio's Radiožurnál program, President Miloš Zeman warned his former party, the Social Democrats about an impending split after the debacle of the communal and Senate elections, as voices rose against current leader Jan Hamáček. He also added that the Senate was an unnecessary institution in the Czech Republic because voters had little confidence in its abilities and it deserved to be scrapped.

Chovancec calls for ČSSD to leave gov't, Hamáček criticizes him

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

Former acting head of the ČSSD and former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, published a letter to the Social Democratic party on social media, suggesting that going into a minority government was a mistake and that it was better off sitting in the opposition.

Ruling coalition will need KSČM more after Senate debacle

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

Hospodářské noviny reports that the ruling coalition comprised of ANO and the Social Democrats will now be more dependent on the Communists in the lower house to pass critical legislation. This is due to the fact that the Senate will now be under the control of the opposition, after both the ruling parties failed poorly in the weekend's elections. It is expected that the Senate will return key legislation to the Chamber, especially on issues that concern labour and expansion of government.

Analyst: Poor ANO showing reflects Senate's counterweight role - and Babis's lack of respect for chamber

Radio Prague |
16 October 2018

The Civic Democrats and the Mayors and Independents gained 10 and seven seats, respectively, in elections to one-third of seats in the Senate that concluded at the weekend. In stark contrast, governing parties ANO and the Social Democrats won only one mandate apiece. Though ANO's poor showing has vexed leader Andrej Babiš, the outcome was not unexpected, says political scientist Petr Just.

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