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Government reaffirms commitment to extensive fiscal reforms

11-04-2012 15:56 | Daniela Lazarová

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK The centre-right Czech government weathered the latest in a series of crises on Tuesday, putting aside its differences in the interest of what the prime minister called its sole raison d’être – putting the country’s finances in order. The three parties reaffirmed their commitment to implementing budget savings and tax hikes which should bring the budget deficit below 3 percent of GDP next year and down to 1.9 percent in 2014.  More

Coalition leaders likely to reach deal on government’s future

10-04-2012 15:43 | Jan Richter

Petr Nečas The fate of the Czech government will be decided later on Tuesday as coalition leaders are meeting in an attempt to save the cabinet. The junior coalition Public Affairs party rocked the boat once again last week when they threatened to pull out of the coalition. But before the week was over, the party seemed happy to accept an offer by the Prime Minister to settle their disputes at the negotiating table while latest reports suggest the coalition leaders are indeed likely to reach agreement.  More

Political pundit: Abolishing three ministries merely attempt at distracting attention from government’s real problems

06-04-2012 15:41 | Sarah Borufka

The Culture Ministry Talks between the ruling government coalition’s Civic Democrats and junior partner Public Affairs on Thursday failed to produce a solution to disputes within the coalition. However, the senior Civic Democrats are considering reducing the number of ministries by three, one of the conditions posed by Public Affairs, which earlier this week threatened to quit the coalition should its demands not be met. But is the step to merge the culture, environment and regional development ministries with other existing ministries a sensible one? We put the question to political pundit Jiří Pehe.  More

New initiative calls for probe into links between politics and organized crime

05-04-2012 15:52 | Jan Richter

A group of Czech NGOs has launched a new initiative to fight the uphill battle against corruption in the Czech Republic. Entitled You Stole Our Country, Give It Back, the initiative seeks to put Czech parliamentarians under enough public pressure to allow for a thorough probe into alleged links between politics and organized crime. The NGOs behind the new project include the Czech Helsinki Committee, the Romany advocacy group Romea, the student initiative Democracy Czech-Up as well as the Anticorruption Endowment Fund. Radio Prague spoke to the fund’s founder, the businessman and philanthropist Karel Janeček and asked him what the main goals were.  More

Latest storm in coalition government leaves junior party weakened and divided

05-04-2012 15:52 | Daniela Lazarová

Radek John, photo: CTK The storm that threatened to bring down the centre-right Czech government appears to be over, but it has left Public Affairs, the junior coalition party that started it, badly battered. As Public Affairs leaders went back to the negotiating table to debate what appear to be face-saving concessions, the smallest party in government fielded questions from reporters about the deepening split in party ranks.  More

Public Affairs put themselves and the government on the edge of collapse

04-04-2012 15:41 | Christian Falvey

Radek John, photo: CTK The Czech government is teetering on collapse as the junior coalition party, Public Affairs, has said it will pull out unless a number of major concessions are met. Reactions to the demands from its coalition partners were no less than furious, and even if the party backs down - as it has on similar occasions – it seems that either the coalition or Public Affairs itself will soon collapse under the tension. Christian Falvey has this report:  More

Analyst: early elections not to advantage of any of the coalition parties

04-04-2012 15:41 | Jan Velinger

The latest flare-up between Public Affairs and the two senior parties Civic Democrats and TOP 09 appears to have taken the continued existence of the centre-right cabinet to the very brink. Are we close to early elections or did the smallest party in government, in trying to gain concessions, simply overplay its hand?  More

Public Affairs: new education minister will need manoeuvring room in face of difficult tasks

29-03-2012 16:21 | Jan Velinger

Josef Dobeš, photo: CTK Finding a successor to outgoing Education Minister Josef Dobeš, who resigned over planned budget cuts at the ministry, is seeing delays and most definitely will not be sorted by the end of the month. The Public Affairs party, headed by Radek John, wants assurances that Dobeš’ successor won’t be without options – arguing that extra funds should be found so that teacher salaries are untouched. By contrast, others within the centre-right coalition charge there is plenty of room within the Education Ministry to save; in their view, slashing teachers’ salaries should be far from necessary.  More

Czech government pays lip service to referendum calls

28-03-2012 15:49 | Jan Richter

The Czech government on Wednesday approved a bill on automatic referenda, something the public as well as politicians from across the board have been calling for for years. Under the draft legislation, it would take 250,000 signatures and an approval by the country’s Parliament to call a plebiscite. But critics say the bill is so restrictive that it makes it nearly impossible to launch the process, and that it stand very small chances of being approved by the legislature.  More

Embattled former mayor suspends party membership

27-03-2012 15:32 | Jan Velinger

Pavel Bém, photo: Tomáš Adamec Former Prague mayor and MP Pavel Bém, of the Civic Democratic Party, has heeded calls from fellow members to suspend his party membership. In a written statement issued on Monday evening, Mr Bém confirmed he would take the step in the wake of the on-going “lobbying scandal” that has raised serious questions about his tenure.  More

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