Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Politics

Czech culture minister dismisses two prominent museum directors, sparking protests

Artforum |
23 April 2019

Last week, culture minister Antonín Staněk dismissed Jiří Fajt, former director of the National Gallery, and Michal Soukup, the head of the Olomouc Museum of Art. The dismissal of Fajt sparked protests from opposition politicians, cultural figures, and museum directors, who believe the move is politically motivated.

Czech TV presenter to make presidential bid

Emerging Europe |
17 April 2019

The owner and chief presenter of the Czech Republic’s most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup (pictured above), is running for president. "The election comes in 2023. I see quite decent support according to data, and my name has a high reputation, liked by almost 90 per cent of the population," he said during his show on TV Barrandov, the channel he owns. Earlier this year Mr Soukup founded his own political party in order to participate in European parliamentary elections.

Rakušan will quit as Mayor of Kolín in June

Prague Daily Monitor |
17 Apr 2019

Vit Rakusan, the new leader of STAN, the party of mayors and independents, will resign his position as Mayor of Kolin, on June 24th, according to information he posted on his Facebook page. Rakusan will be replaced as Mayor, by his party colleague and current Deputy Mayor Michael Kaspar, who confirmed the news.

Zeman meets new ministers at Lány Chateau

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Apr 2019

President Miloš Zeman met with future Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík and future Industry Minister Karel Havlíček, at the Lány Chateau, on Monday. Both were nominated by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), last week, to replace Dan Ťok and Marta Nováková, from his party, as ministers.

Ťok to quit politics completely

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Apr 2019

Outgoing Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) will not only finish his term as minister at the end of April, but also resigned from the Chamber of Deputies, as he gave up his responsibilities as an MP, on Monday.

Dispute within Prague's ruling coalition is out in the open

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates), Prague's Mayor, wrote an open letter to his coalition partner Jiří Pospíšil (TOP 09), the leader of the Spojené síly alliance, criticizing his recent comments about the coalition.

Vít Rakušan takes over as new Chairman of STAN

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Vít Rakušan, the First Vice Chairman of STAN, the party of mayors and independents, was voted in as the party's new Chairman, over the weekend. Rakušan will take over from Petr Gazdík, who announced he was stepping down from the role, at the end of 2018. According to Czech Television, Rakušan, who is also the Mayor of Kolín, an MP and a Regional Representative, will give up the Mayor's post, as he concentrates on STAN's campaign for the upcoming regional elections.

Support for Pirates and ANO continues to grow

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

The latest political opinion polls conducted by Kantar CZ, for Czech Television, show that support for ANO and the Pirate Party continues to rise, at the cost of support for a number of other parties.

David Smoljak wins Prague 9 Senate runoff

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Apr 2019

Screenwriter David Smoljak (STAN) won a runoff against long-time Prague 9 Mayor and ODS candidate Jan Jarolím, for the Prague 9 senatorial seat, over the weekend. Smoljak won comfortably with 59.5% of the vote and Jarolím managed only 40.5% of the vote.

Political analyst: Ministers who do not score points for ANO have to go

Radio Prague |
12 April 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday announced the details of a planned cabinet reshuffle. Radio Prague asked political analyst Jiří Pehe about the timing of the reshuffle and the reasons behind it.

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