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Politics 22-06-2020

Czech PM slams EU ‘interference’ over subsidy misuse

Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Saturday (20 June) accused the European Parliament of "interference" after it pressed for mechanisms to stop the misuse of EU subsidies.
Politics 19-06-2020

MEPs want Czech PM removed from EU budget talks

A European Parliament resolution calls for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to be excluded from EU budget negotiations over alleged conflicts of interest related to EU subsidies received by his former business empire. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Visegrad leaders call for ‘fair’ EU recovery fund

Four central European prime ministers called for a "fair" distribution of the EU's massive recovery fund on Thursday (11 June), at what has been dubbed the bloc's first major face-to-face political meeting since the coronavirus lockdown.
Future EU 11-06-2020

Visegrad leaders hold first face-to-face talks of virus crisis

Masks and gloves will be the order of the day when the prime ministers of four ex-communist countries on Thursday (11 June) hold the first major face-to-face meeting of European leaders since the coronavirus crisis.

In political U-turn, Czechs back EU’s green recovery plan

A draft statement from the Czech government calls on the EU economic recovery plan and long-term budget to fall in line with the European Green Deal, marking a U-turn from Prague's earlier positions.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

EPP proposes law to protect small farmers against oligarchs

The European People's Party group called on Wednesday (13 May) for an EU law to prevent oligarchs and land-grabbers drawing on EU subsidies at the expense of small and medium-sized farming businesses. The practice is widespread in countries in Eastern Europe and Italy.
Global Europe 29-04-2020

Prague district mayor says he is under police protection against Russian threat

The mayor of one of the Czech capital's districts said on Tuesday (28 April) he had been put under police protection due to a threat that a Russian man had been sent to kill him, escalating a row between Prague and Moscow.
Energy 28-04-2020

Czech government takes step towards building new nuclear block

The Czech government on Monday (27 April) approved agreements with majority state-owned electricity producer ČEZ setting out the framework for building a new nuclear power block to come online in 2036, state and company officials said.

US concerned by cyber-attack threat against Czech Republic’s healthcare

The United States is concerned by the threat of a cyber-attack against the Czech Republic's healthcare sector, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday (17 April), adding that anybody engaged in such activity should "expect consequences."
Economy & Jobs 15-04-2020

Czech beer gardens to resume on 25 May

The Czech government will allow stores and restaurants to reopen gradually over the next two months to reawaken an economy paralysed by the coronavirus lockdown, officials said on Tuesday (14 April).

Czech PM urges EU to ditch Green Deal amid virus

The Czech premier, whose country depends on nuclear energy and coal, said Monday (16 March) the European Union should ditch its landmark green law seeking carbon neutrality as it battles the novel coronavirus.

Commission chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warned Friday (13 March) against imposing unilateral travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus epidemic, as some member states have done.
Politics 13-03-2020

Visegrad Group: Will a new wind dispel the clouds?

One thing is moving in the right direction: according to the most recent Eurobarometer surveys, the pro-EU sentiment stands at a high level in the four Visgrad countries, write Yannis Karamitsios and Marcela Valkova.
Elections 04-12-2019

Czech taxpayers should return EU subsidies due to PM’s business conflict

The European Commission has determined that the Czech Republic must return hundreds of millions of crowns in EU subsidies as Prime Minister Andrej Babiš did not sufficiently separate himself from holdings that received the funds, Czech news websites reported.
Climate change 02-12-2019

Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan, part II

In October 2018, EURACTIV revealed how the European Commission was planning to propose an ambitious new climate plan for 2050. Now the EU is on the cusp of agreeing to implement it. Here is how the pieces line up ahead of crunch talks later in December.
Politics 02-12-2019

EU audit finds Czech Prime Minister Babis in conflict of interest

A European Commission audit has confirmed that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in a conflict of interest due to his former business empire that he has put into trust funds, weekly Respekt reported on its website on Sunday (1...
Air Quality 29-11-2019

‘Heat our homes, not the planet’: EU clean air forum takes heating to task

Heating’s huge impact on the EU’s air quality and greenhouse gas emissions needs new focus and attention, according to policymakers and activists gathered in Bratislava on Thursday (28 November).
Elections 18-11-2019

Babis voices regret for Czech communist past at Velvet Revolution anniversary

The Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister expressed regret over his communist past on Sunday (17 November) while Slovakia's liberal president hailed the sacrifices communist-era dissidents made for democracy as their nations celebrated 30 years since the Velvet Revolution toppled communism in then-Czechoslovakia.
Politics 01-11-2019

Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland ‘breached EU law’ by refusing refugees

The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday (31 October).
Freedom of thought 29-10-2019

Media-shy Czech mogul buys TV empire spanning five EU countries

The PPF investment group owned by Petr Kellner, who keeps a low profile despite being the Czech Republic's wealthiest man, said Monday (28 October) it had sealed a deal for the CME media group running 30 TV stations in five Central European states.
Global Europe 13-09-2019

Prague to remove statue of Soviet World War II marshal

A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday (12 September) to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities.
Future EU 05-09-2019

Babis: Rule-of-law job would be great honour for Czech Republic

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has scolded Politico for publishing what he said was old and unconfirmed information about a potential rule-of-law portfolio for the Czech Commission candidate Věra Jourová. But he did say this portfolio would be a prestigious one.  EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Central Europe 15-07-2019

Will the government of Andrej Babiš survive again?

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš survived a no-confidence vote on 27 June, but his coalition government is torn by internal strife and appears to be nearer the end than at any point in its past 12 months in office.

How to fix Eastern Europe’s problem with 2050 climate neutrality

A radical, one might say populist, solution to solve the Eastern blockade on climate neutrality would be to set up a European Climate Solidarity Fund, writes István Bart.
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