Monday, 18 February 2019

Politics

A new coalition is taking over Prague City Hall

Prague TV |
29 October 2018

Prague will have a new administration, after negotiations following the Oct. 5–6 elections. Local Pirate party leader Zdeněk Hřib will become the new mayor, and the Pirates will form a coalition with Praha sobě (PS) and United Force for Prague, a group that includes TOP 09, STAN and the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL).

Parliament writes to Zeman about invitation snub for MPs

Prague Daily Monitor |
26 Oct 2018

Radek Vondráček, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies wrote to Prague Castle to complain about President Miloš Zeman's selective guestlist for this weekend's Czechoslovak centenary celebrations. Many MPs did not receive invitations to state events scheduled for Sunday the 28th.

Pirate Zdeněk Hřib to be Prague mayor

Prague Daily Monitor |
26 Oct 2018

Zdeněk Hřib, Prague leader of the Pirate Party, will be the new mayor of Prague. His coalition partners, Jan Čižinský of Praha sobě and Jiří Pospíšil of Spojené síly, will remain members of city hall but will return to their other jobs - Čižinský as mayor of Prague 7, and Pospíšil to the European Parliament.

Brno coalition agreement to be presented on Tuesday

Prague Daily Monitor |
23 Oct 2018

Czech Television reports that the coalition of parties that intends to form city government in Brno will present their joint agenda and coalition agreement to the public on Tuesday. The coalition which has 33 of the 55 seats, includes the ODS, KDU-CSL, CSSD and the Pirates will aim to sign the agreement next week.

ČSSD leadership meeting affirms faith in Hamáček

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Oct 2018

The Social Democrats' broader leadership meeting affirmed its faith in current party leader – Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček, who was challenged by many in the party and his own vice chair Martin Zimola, after the ČSSD's continuing debacle in recent elections.

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.

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