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Government wins confidence but its position weakens

30-04-2012 15:20 | Jan Richter

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK The Czech government has survived a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament. On Friday, 105 out of 198 deputies voted in its support. The vote revealed that besides the Civic Democrat and TOP 09 parties, the cabinet can also rely on those deputies who quit the Public Affairs party, and at least three MPs who remained members of the former junior coalition partner, which now sees itself as “constructive opposition”. But despite the safe majority in the lower house, the centre-right cabinet might now find it harder to push through some of its reforms bills, according to analyst Jiří Pehe.  More

Head of STEM polling agency: Czechs are ashamed of their politicians

26-04-2012 17:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Jan Hartl Half-way through the government’s term in office Czechs are so fed up with political infighting and corruption scandals that 80 percent of them now support early elections. For this week’s Panorama I spoke to Jan Hartl head of the STEM polling agency about the mood of the public, what people think of Czech politicians and whether the developments of the past few months have robbed them of any illusions they may have had regarding politics.  More

Karolína Peake says her new political force is here to stay

26-04-2012 16:31 | Christian Falvey

Karolína Peake, photo: CTK Just two years ago the name Karolína Peake was known to few people outside of the issue of playgrounds in Prague 1. Today she’s the keystone in the fractured coalition government. Last week, the 36-year-old deputy prime minister caused an upheaval in the government when she abandoned the junior coalition party Public Affairs, of which she has been a member since 2007, and took eight of the party’s MPs with her. The result of the split has been the departure of Public Affairs from government to the opposition, and a wafer-thin majority in Parliament for the centre-right reform parties. That majority is based entirely on the newly emerging party around Mrs. Peake, which at present can only be called the Public Affairs defectors. Is this the start of a new political organisation with long-term goals, or a quick fix intended to allow the government to ride out the next two years, that’s the first question we put to Karolína Peake on Thursday.  More

Centre-right coalition faces confidence vote following departure of Public Affairs

24-04-2012 16:40 | Jan Velinger

Karel Schwarzenberg, Petr Nečas, Radek John, photo: CTK The ruling coalition that won an unprecedented majority in the last elections is a thing of the past. On Tuesday, the Public Affairs party, decimated by the recent departure of a number of former members, left the government. The centre-right cabinet now faces a vote of confidence to test the strength of its support in the lower house.  More

Political analyst: centre-right parties may self-destruct

24-04-2012 16:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK Although opinion polls indicate that the vast majority of Czechs would like to see early elections, embattled Prime Minister Petr Nečas has decided to try and weather the latest crisis and will ask the lower house for a vote of confidence in his government on Friday. Amidst speculation that he may end up with a razor sharp majority, political analysts are questioning the wisdom of trying to hold onto power at any cost. Radio Prague spoke to Jiři Pehe about the repercussions this might have but - first and foremost - the legitimacy of this new political set-up.  More

Czech government’s future remains uncertain after party split

20-04-2012 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Karolína Peake, photo: CTK The fate of the centre-right Czech government hangs in the balance after the junior coalition party Public Affairs split up, robbing the government of its comfortable majority in the lower house. The newly emerging pro-government faction around defector Karolína Peake is now trying to rally enough deputies to secure a viable majority in the lower house, but the key players on the Czech political scene are already preparing for early elections.  More

Peake quits Public Affairs

18-04-2012 16:09 | Jan Velinger

Karolína Peake, photo: CTK Influential politician Karolína Peake dropped a political bombshell late Tuesday when she announced that she was leaving the smallest party in government to found a new faction. The move has cast doubt on whether the centre-right coalition still has a majority in the lower house needed to govern.  More

Pundit: Public Affairs has no future with or without Vít Bárta

17-04-2012 15:35 | Daniela Lazarová

Vít Bárta, photo: CTK The leadership of the junior coalition party Public Affairs is meeting to debate the outcome of last week’s trial in which the party’s informal leader Vít Bárta was found guilty of bribery. Although Mr. Bárta had promised to pull out of high politics if he did not clear his name, he now says he’ll keep his seat in the lower house and he thus remains a member of the party’s deputies’ club. Radio Prague asked commentator Jiří Pehe for his thoughts on how this latest development may impact the government’s future and who is now actually running the smallest party in government.  More

Pirate Parties in Prague set sails for Europe-wide political success

17-04-2012 15:35 | Rob Cameron

Photo: Pirati.cz Cue: Pirates of the World, Unite! – that was the message at this weekend’s Pirate Party International meeting in Prague, the third in the organisation’s history and the first in the Czech capital. What started as a Swedish protest movement against the criminalisation of file-sharing has grown into a tangible political body, setting its sights on continent-wide success in the 2014 European Parliament elections.  More

Czech MPs Bárta, Škárka sentenced in bribery case

13-04-2012 15:19 | Jan Richter

Vít Bárta, photo: CTK A Prague court on Friday delivered a verdict in one of the most high-profile cases in recent years. The court found the unofficial leader of the coalition Public Affairs party guilty of bribery, and fellow MP and former Public Affairs chair of fraud. The case also highlighted the shady practices within the Public Affairs party which has been behind a series of government crises.  More

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