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  • Billionaire Czech minister’s party warns government coalition could end

    Elections 22-03-2016

    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.

  • Czech president attends anti-Islam rally on Velvet Revolution anniversary

    Central Europe 18-11-2015

    Milos Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic, attended a rally against refugees and Islam in Prague on Tuesday (17 November) on the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which peacefully toppled Communism in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Three Czech parties form ruling coalition

    Elections 07-01-2014

    Three Czech political parties signed an agreement yesterday (6 January) to form a centre-left coalition government that will aim to shore up economic growth by easing a squeeze on state finances.

  • Czech communists to return in office for first time since 1989

    Elections 21-08-2013

    The Czech parliament voted yesterday (20 August) to dissolve itself, triggering an early election that could hand the Communist Party a share of power for the first time since a bloodless revolution ended the party's totalitarian rule two decades ago.

  • Czech PM resigns, early elections to be held

    Elections 14-08-2013

    The Czech cabinet dominated by allies of leftist President Miloš Zeman resigned yesterday (13 August) after losing a confidence vote last week, clearing the way for early elections that could resolve a political deadlock.

  • Czech PM survives no-confidence vote over amnesty

    Justice & Home Affairs 18-01-2013

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Ne?as survived a vote of no confidence yesterday (17 January), after coming under sharp attack for an amnesty granted by outgoing President Václav Klaus that halted investigations of dozens of financial crimes.

  • Czech presidential vote marks shift in EU relations

    Central Europe 15-01-2013

    The departure of eurosceptic Czech President Václav Klaus will open a new chapter in the country's relations with the EU, no matter who succeeds him in the run-off poll on 25-26 January, analysts say. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports. 

  • Experts: New Czech government is ‘mildly Eurosceptic’

    Central Europe 14-07-2010

    The new Czech government, led by Petr Ne?as, was appointed yesterday (13 July) after a month of difficult coalition talks. Commenting on the coalition agreement, analysts warned of recurrent Euroscepticism, but said this would perhaps take a more mild form than in the previous cabinet. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

  • New parties ‘re-write’ Czech political map

    Central Europe 31-05-2010

    A coalition of three centre-right parties is set to form a government in the Czech Republic despite the Social Democrats having come first in general elections held on Saturday (29 May). Two of the parties are new political players, EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

  • Czech elections: Towards renewed deadlock?

    Central Europe 28-05-2010

    On 28 and 29 May, parliamentary elections will be held in the Czech Republic. Along with the conservatives, social democrats and communists, two new parties will almost certainly get to the lower house of parliament. Yet the elections will probably lead to renewed deadlock, experts predict. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

  • Topolánek set to leave politics after new blunder

    Languages & Culture 30-03-2010

    Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, whose blunders during last year's Czech EU Presidency left a bitter after-taste, is set to leave politics after comments he made about gay people and Jews were quoted by the press in Prague.

  • Belgium seeks to close crises ahead of EU spell

    Elections 27-07-2009

    Perhaps learning from the Czech Republic's experience, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy says he will strive to solve the country's internal tensions by mid-2010 in order to avoid potential problems during the country's EU presidency in the second half of the year.

  • Czech party’s EU campaign ‘not negative’, it says

    Public Affairs 06-05-2009

    The centre-right Civic Democrat party (ODS) of Czech Prime Minister-in-resignation Mirek Topolánek has refuted accusations that it is conducting a negative campaign against its Social Democratic (CSSD) opponents. But ODS posters clearly depict CSSD leaders as intending to "do harm and scaremonger".

  • Czech Left suffers from EU presidency troublemaking

    EU Priorities 2020 27-04-2009

    Although the Czech Social Democrats (?SSD) are leading opinion polls, the current political crisis may not bode well for them, as they have been criticised by a wide range of political parties for having caused the fall of the government halfway through the Czech EU Presidency, EURACTIV.cz reported.

  • Questions raised over Prague May summitry

    Med & South 15-04-2009

    The ousting of Mirek Topolánek is raising questions regarding a series of high-profile international meetings in Prague, as the Czech prime minister-in-resignation will still be the EU's official chair when the summits take place in early May.

  • Pessimism reigns as interim Czech PM is appointed

    Future EU 10-04-2009

    Czech President Václav Klaus, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, yesterday (9 April) appointed economist Jan Fischer as prime minister, ahead of early elections due in October. But analysts and politicians predicted difficult times ahead. EURACTIV Czech Republic and EURACTIV France contributed to this article.

  • Czech party leaders agree on interim cabinet

    Elections 06-04-2009

    Leaders of the main Czech political parties agreed on Sunday to form an interim cabinet to run the country until an early election, probably in October, outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said.

  • Czech press paints nightmare scenario for Lisbon Treaty

    Future EU 02-04-2009

    Czech President Václav Klaus might push through his own idea for a new cabinet, which could take "anti-EU" and other controversial steps aimed at killing the Lisbon Treaty in tune with the prominent Eurosceptic's views, a Czech commentator warned yesterday (1 April).

  • Czech govt to step down before end of EU presidency

    EU Priorities 2020 01-04-2009

    Ousted Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said his government would step down before the end of the country's EU presidency in June, with technocrats taking over. Meanwhile, the parliament's upper house will vote on the Lisbon Treaty by early May and the chances of approval are relatively high, said politicians.

  • Czech opposition adopts EU discourse in upcoming elections

    EU Priorities 2020 18-03-2009

    'We are all Europeans' is the gist of the campaign manifesto published by the main oppsition Czech political parties for the upcoming European elections in June. Adopting the euro, ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, energy security and tackling of the economic crisis feature highly among the issues candidates will address in their campaign. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

  • Sarkozy accused of hijacking Czech EU Presidency

    EU Priorities 2020 27-10-2008

    Weakened by electoral defeat over the weekend (24-25 October), the survivor Czech government came under attack from eurosceptic President Vaclav Klaus, who accused France of planning to "siphon" the Czech EU Presidency in the first half of 2009.

  • Czech survivor cabinet hopes to lead EU

    EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2008

    Just 70 days before it assumes the EU Presidency, the Czech centre-right government scraped through another no-confidence vote ahead of crucial Senate elections this weekend.

  • Caretaker cabinet could steer Czech EU Presidency

    EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2008

    The Czech Republic's chances of assuming the EU Presidency with a caretaker cabinet in January 2009 are increasing after the leftist opposition's landslide victory in regional elections over the weekend.

  • Klaus re-election welcomed in Brussels

    Elections 18-02-2008

    Euro-sceptic incumbent Václav Klaus was re-elected as President of the Czech Republic on Friday (15 February), a development which was officially welcomed by the European Commission less than a year before the country takes its turn at the EU's helm.