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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

Czech universities at a crossroads: questions of reform

07-02-2005 | Linda Maštalíř

With university entrance exams around the corner and the general elections only 4 months away, there is growing attention on the Czech Republic's system of higher education. There are some particular points of pride, such as the fact that Charles University's medical schools receive accreditation in the United States. Yet, there are also constant rumblings about the need to reform the system.   More

Mixed results for Czech Republic in OECD education report

15-09-2004 | Ian Willoughby

Tuesday saw the release of the latest OECD "Education at a Glance" report, which came out simultaneously in all member countries. The report, which uses a wide variety of factors to compare levels of education, was presented in Prague by Michaela Klenhova of the Institute for Information on Education.   More

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