About: Andrej Babis

Elections 18-10-2021

Czechs want to know what’s wrong with their ill president

When Vaclav Havel nearly died of a ruptured intestine as Czech president in 1998, doctors provided daily updates on his condition.

Czech PM, named in Pandora probe, leads polls ahead of vote

A populist billionaire at odds with the European Union who featured in the Pandora Papers is the narrow favourite in Czech elections starting on Friday (8 October) that promise a tight result.
Global Europe 05-10-2021

State Department says US is reviewing findings from Pandora Papers

The United States is reviewing findings of leaked financial documents known as the Pandora Papers, but is not in a position to comment on specifics, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday (4 October).
Global Europe 04-10-2021

Pandora Papers reveals hidden wealth of world’s most powerful

A massive leak of financial documents on Sunday (3 October) that allegedly ties 27 EU politicians and global figures including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin to secret stores of wealth.
Elections 23-09-2021

Czech far right sets ‘Czexit’ referendum law as price for post-vote talks

The far-right SPD party, which may play a role in forming a new Czech government next month, would demand the cabinet propose legislation that could lead to a referendum on leaving the European Union, party chief Tomio Okamura said.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

Czech PM says ‘no place’ for Afghan refugees in Europe

There is no place for Afghan refugees in the European Union which should instead help them to stay in their homeland, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday (7 September).

Slovenia aims to make EU-Western Balkans summit regular feature

Slovenia's EU presidency will host an EU-Western Balkans summit in early October and its desire is to make these summits a regular annual event as a means of accelerating the EU enlargement process, Foreign Minister Anže Logar has said.
Global Europe 10-08-2021

Czech government opts for interim spymaster amid political row

The Czech government delayed appointing a new head of its BIS counterintelligence agency on Monday (9 August) in a move seen as allowing Prime Minister Andrej Babis to keep the country's president on his side going into an October election.

Czechs forward Babiš case to new EU prosecutor’s office

A Czech prosecutor said Thursday (3 June) that the case of the billionaire prime minister's conflict of interest as an entrepreneur and politician has been forwarded to the new EU prosecutor's office.
Competition 14-04-2021

Czech lawmakers reject quotas on domestic goods in supermarkets to avert EU clash

Czech lawmakers rejected plans to require supermarkets to sell mainly domestically produced food on Tuesday (13 April), removing the measure from a bill on food quality to avoid clashes with the European Commission over EU single market rules.
Health 17-03-2021

Six EU states demand vaccine ‘correction mechanism’

Six central and eastern European Union heads of government urged Brussels on Tuesday (16 March) to find a "correction mechanism" to fix what they called the unfair distribution of coronavirus vaccines within the bloc.
Global Europe 15-03-2021

Palestinians and Arab League condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office

The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday (13 March) condemned the Czech Republic's opening of a diplomatic office in Jerusalem as a violation of international law.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission concerned about COVID vaccines black market

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned member states that getting supplies of COVID vaccines from illicit trade entails considerable risks for human health.
Agrifood 21-01-2021

Czech parliament backs food law obliging stores to prioritise local products

The Czech Republic is on its way to introduce a protectionist food law despite warnings that this could be in violation of the EU's free movement of goods. 
Air Quality 19-01-2021

Czech health minister backs coal mining phase-out ‘as soon as possible’

Czech health minister Jan Blatný is aware of the negative impacts of coal mining on the environment and human health. “Personally, I am in favour of a coal mining phase-out as soon as possible,” he told EURACTIV.cz.
Politics 11-01-2021

Europe’s right-wing populists beat about the bush after US Capitol assault

Most European leaders condemned last week's storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump activists. Meanwhile, Europe's far-right leaders, which so far have sympathised with Trump, are balancing between condemnation and self-protection.
Politics 07-01-2021

Czech PM ditches Trump-inspired social media profile after Capitol assault

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš removed his red "Strong Czechia" hat inspired by US President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" cap from his social media accounts on Thursday after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building.
Health 30-12-2020

Czechs approve squeezing extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

The Czech Republic has allowed squeezing an extra dose from COVID-19 vaccine vials supplied by Pfizer and BioNTech, taking advantage of an extra reserve amount put into the vials by the maker, the Health Ministry said.
Elections 28-10-2020

Czech centre-right parties form alliance to defeat Babiš

Three centre-right Czech parties haven signed a memorandum on forming an alliance for the next year’s general elections. The aim of Civic Democrats (ECR), Christian Democrats (EPP) and TOP 09 (EPP) is to defeat the ruling ANO party (Renew) of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
Coronavirus 15-10-2020

Von der Leyen leaves EU summit to self-isolate

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (15 October) left a summit attended by the bloc's 27 leaders after learning that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Climate change 15-10-2020

Czechs drop opposition to 2030 climate goal ahead of EU summit

The Czech Republic said it was ready to back the EU’s proposed 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%, provided that the objective is a collective one and that EU state aid rules do not hamper its nuclear ambitions.

In Brussels, Visegrad countries reject the EU’s migration plan

Four Eastern European countries rejected the EU's latest plans for handling migrants on Thursday (24 September), after talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, and insisted that the plans for tougher new asylum rules do not go far enough.
Politics 11-09-2020

Czech PM vetoes V4 meeting with Belarus opposition leader

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis vetoed on Thursday (10 September) a Polish proposal to invite Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to Friday’s summit of central European heads of state, saying such a step would be “hasty”.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday (11 August), public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction.