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PM Jiri Paroubek: Communists no threat to democracy

18-11-2005 14:06 | Pavla Horáková

Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, photo: CTK Views expressed by politicians and participants of the gatherings in the streets of Prague on Thursday do not necessarily reflect the overall mood in Czech society. The Communist Party is the third strongest party in the Czech Republic, a cause for alarm for some. For his part, the Czech Prime Minister, Jiri Paroubek, has said the Communists are not a threat at all.   More

Discontent on streets as Czechs remember November 17th 1989

18-11-2005 14:06 | Rob Cameron

Photo: CTK Czechs and Slovaks marked the 16th anniversary of the start of the 1989 Velvet Revolution on Thursday, a time when people remember the overthrow of Communist rule and reflect on the changes that have swept society since then. But discontent is growing with the current political situation, and that discontent was reflected in the mood on the streets of Prague. Radio Prague's Rob Cameron has this report.   More

Resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Martin Jahn a blow to Social Democrats

17-10-2005 14:12 | Dita Asiedu, Ian Willoughby

Deputy Prime Minister for the Economy Martin Jahn, photo: Zdenek Valis Deputy Prime Minister for the Economy Martin Jahn is dominating the news here in the Czech Republic, after announcing that he is to quit politics by the end of the year. Not a member of any party, he denies he is stepping down because the governing Social Democrats appear to be cozying up to the Communists. But his departure is a blow to the Social Democrats: Mr Jahn is seen as young, dynamic and relatively liberal and had been the party's choice to stand in the next general elections in Prague, a bastion of the right-of-centre Civic Democrats.   More

Senate proposes to ban propagation of Nazism and Communism

07-10-2005 14:22 | Daniela Lazarová

Senat, photo: CTK The upper house of Parliament on Thursday approved a bill that would ban propagation of Nazism and Communism in the Czech Republic. Anyone caught violating the ban could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Although the bill stands little chance of becoming law, it has evoked many questions: primarily why wasn't the issue confronted 16 years ago, immediately after the fall of Communism.   More

Filip takes over as Communist Party leader

03-10-2005 14:41 | Jan Velinger

Vojtech Filip, photo: CTK Over the last 12 years few politicians have attracted more controversy than the Communist Party's Miroslav Grebenicek. Every May 1st as party leader it was his rhetoric that whipped up angry crowds of mainly older Communist sympathisers on Prague's Letna Plain. No more. At the weekend - nine months ahead of parliamentary elections - Mr Grebenicek stepped down, apparently in order to help his party attract new support. The new man at the top is 50-year-old Vojtech Filip, long styled as Grebenicek's successor. Is there any major difference?  More

Prime Minister agrees to Unipetrol probe but on his own terms

30-09-2005 15:04 | Daniela Lazarová

Unipetrol The scandal over the privatization of the petrochemicals firm Unipetrol, following accusations of corruption directed at the ruling Social Democrats, has taken an unexpected turn. After firmly rejecting calls for a probe into the privatization process, some of which came from his own coalition partners the Christian Democrats, Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek suddenly changed his mind. An investigation will take place and it will most likely take place on the Prime Minister's own terms.   More

Are Czechs warming up to the Communists?

29-09-2005 14:45 | Dita Asiedu

If elections were held today, opinion polls suggest, voters' support would be almost equally divided between the left and the right side of the political spectrum. Most leftist voters support the ruling Social Democrats. The Communist Party also enjoys enough public support to be represented in parliament - currently with the third largest number of seats. But the Communists stand alone, as all other parties have vowed not to cooperate with them. Results of an opinion poll commissioned by Czech Television suggest that more and more Czechs are warming to the Communists and four out of ten would actually not be against them taking a bigger part in the decision-making process.   More

The Green Party wants to play a bigger role in Czech politics

27-09-2005 14:33 | Daniela Lazarová

Martin Bursik, photo: CTK Somewhat in the shadow of high politics, the Czech Green Party elected a new leader over the weekend and made bold plans for the future. Although the party has never attracted enough voters to be able to enter the Lower House of Parliament and has just one seat in the Senate, its new leader, former environment minister Martin Bursik, feels that the time is now ripe for the Greens to play a bigger role in Czech politics.   More

Prime Minister tells the Christian Democrats to play ball or leave the Cabinet

26-09-2005 15:32 | Daniela Lazarová

Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, photo: CTK Although general elections in the Czech Republic are eight months away, this weekend marked the beginning of what commentators predict will be a tough election campaign. The impulse came from the ruling Social Democratic Party which held a meeting of its leadership over the weekend.   More

Former PM Stanislav Gross bows out of politics

26-09-2005 15:32 | Pavla Horáková

Stanislav Gross, photo: CTK One of the political developments over the weekend was the decision by the chairman of the Social Democrats and former prime minister Stanislav Gross to step down. Mr Gross made the announcement at the party leadership meeting on Saturday where he also said he was not even going to run for a parliament seat in next year's general election.   More



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