About: Bohuslav Sobotka

Global Europe 14-09-2017

Czech interior minister: ‘Nobody has to call us for solidarity’

The Czech Republic has not relocated a refugee for more than a year and remains in breach of its legal obligations. The Czech position remains the same despite the ruling of the Court of Justice supporting the Commission's migrant relocation policy. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Czech committee recommends letting police charge PM candidate Babis

A Czech parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday (30 August) that lawmakers should lift the immunity of Andrej Babiš, the leader of the most popular party and candidate for prime minister, and allow police to charge him with subsidy fraud.

Central Europe 25-08-2017

Czechs in favour of deeper integration, but shun the euro

The Czech Republic wants to be in the EU’s “core”, but without the common currency. Prague wants to focus on common defence instead. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Economy & Jobs 25-08-2017

Macron courts EU’s eastern leaders over posted workers, antagonises Poland

Snubbing Poland, French President Emmanuel Macron is touring eastern EU countries to gather support for tightening EU rules over the employment of cheap labour in other member states. But Warsaw said it would oppose this reform “to the very end”.

Central Europe 22-08-2017

Czechs may seek observer seat at beefed-up Eurogroup

The Czech Republic may try to get an observer seat at the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers if its decision-making powers are boosted under plans to reshape the European Union, the foreign minister said on Monday (21 August).

EU opens sanctions procedure against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over refugees

The EU launched legal action yesterday (13 June) against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Sobotka and Fico: Czechs and Slovaks committed to nuclear energy

The Czech Republic and Slovakia see nuclear power as key to their future energy mix. But new reactors needed in both states, however, face financing problems due to the low price of electricity. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Anti-government protests sweep Czech Republic

Thousands gathered in Prague and other Czech cities on Wednesday (10 May) for protests against Vice-Prime Minister Babiš and President Zeman, claiming they will continue to demonstrate until both politicians resign. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Visegrád Four slam ‘blackmail’ by Brussels on migrants

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrád Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels' use of "blackmail and diktat" over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.

Central Europe 23-03-2017

Czechs before Rome: No to multi-speed, yes to common defence

EU leaders are going to meet in Rome on Saturday (25 March) to discuss the future of European integration. The Czech Republic is still not sure what to do. EURACTIV.cz reports.

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Central Europe 18-11-2016

Czechs commemorate the Velvet Revolution with alarm clocks

In the Czech Republic, tensions stirred by President Miloš Zeman, who calls himself “the Czech Trump”, are making themselves felt.

Energy 20-09-2016

Work to continue on Czech-Polish gas interconnector despite doubts

The Czech and Polish Prime Ministers have agreed to continue a gas interconnection project between their two countries, despite continued doubts about implementation.

Global Europe 05-09-2016

EU army? Much ado about nothing

The creation of a “European army” has appeared to some politicians as a realistic possibility, now that the UK can't obstruct such a goal. Big statements have been made at high levels, but analysts question the substance behind the rhetoric. The EURACTIV network reports.

Security 26-08-2016

Eastern EU leaders call for joint army at summit with Germany

Eastern EU countries on Friday (26 August) pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.

Future EU 12-07-2016

Hollande to embark on tour to reinforce EU-27 ties

French President François Hollande will shortly be embarking on a European tour in a bid to reinforce ties between European Union member states following Britain’s referendum to leave the body.

Global Europe 29-06-2016

Visegrad calls for complete change of EU-27

As the EU summit continues today (29 June) without UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Visegrad group comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will call for an inside out change of the functioning of the EU and its institutions.

Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit ‘domino effect’ in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).

Visegrád countries oppose Commission’s revamped asylum policy

The Visegrad Four countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – made no secret that they oppose the new asylum policy as recently proposed by the European Commission. The EURACTIV network reports.

Orbán will tour EU capitals with ‘Schengen 2.0’ plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will tour EU capitals to push for a 10-point plan for the protection of EU’s external borders and free movement within the community, dubbed ‘Schengen 2.0’.

Global Europe 29-03-2016

Will Prague be rewarded for its new attitude to China?

The Czech Republic is no longer criticising China on human rights or over the status of Tibet, and it is expected to reap economic benefits over the current visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, write Václav Kopecký and Alice Rezková.

Elections 22-03-2016

Billionaire Czech minister’s party warns government coalition could end

The second-biggest party in the Czech government warned its partners yesterday (21 March) that the ruling coalition could crumble if deputies support legislation aimed at limiting politicians' ownership in private companies.

Brexit 07-03-2016

Sobotka speaks out against Brexit and Czexit

Speaking to EURACTIV.cz, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has corrected media interpretations according to which the eventuality of Brexit could open the door to Czexit. He said he wishes for the UK to remain a member of the EU and considers any suggestion of the Czech Republic leaving the EU to be unfounded, harmful and dangerous.

Elections 07-03-2016

Slovakia turns unpredictable ahead of its EU presidency

The Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico lost its majority and will have difficulties forming a coalition government, following elections held on 5 March. The new parliament will be extremely fragmented, with neo-Nazi and protest parties present, leading to speculation about early elections.  EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Global Europe 23-02-2016

Schengen in crisis as Belgium reintroduces border controls

Border controls continue to be tightened across the EU as member states scramble to react to a refugee crisis that continues to escalate.