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Politics

EU budgetary integration threatens to topple coalition

Czech Position |
13 January 2012

Literarily minutes after a potential crisis within the government over restitution of church property was defused, a potentially far more serious rift emerged between the two larger parties in the center-right coalition. Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg says it's imperative Prague signs up to the EU's financial and budgetary integration initiative. President Václav Klaus says he'll block any such move.

Coalition survives rupture over church restitution

Czech Position |
12 January 2012

The fragile center-right coalition survived to live another day on Wednesday after the smallest government party, Public Affairs (VV), fell into line with an already agreed deal to compensate the Catholic Church and other religious groups for communist-era confiscations. "The key thing is that the government was able to come together over an agreement to return property to the church," Nečas said at the post-Cabinet press conference.

Mystery over financing of ex-PM Jiří Paroubek's new party deepens

Czech Position |
12 January 2012

Jaroslav Andres, sponsor of new center-left party LEV 21, promised to reveal details about his firm Sequest, but has sold it instead.

Ex-PM Fischer to run for presidency

Czech Position |
10 January 2012

Former interim PM Jan Fischer says he'll stand as candidate in 2012 if direct presidential election law is passed.

Senate agrees to 'strip firms naked': feeble attempt or cure for corruption?

Czech Position |
10 January 2012

Questions surround two proposed changes to the amendment to the Public Procurement Act approved by the Senate.

Deficit-cutting laws taken to court by opposition party

Bloomberg |
6 January 2012

Social Democrats, the country's largest opposition party, filed a complaint at the Constitutional Court against several government laws aimed at cutting the budget deficit.

PM's advisor envisions 'parliament' of scientists

Czech Position |
6 January 2012

Gov't council for research to tackle the science budget, revamp the Technological Agency, and form the sector's priorities.

Would electing a president directly be a fatal mistake?

Czech Position |
5 January 2012

Constitutional law specialist Jan Kysela worries directly electing a president would create a new power base and further weaken the gov't.

Highway robbery: ŘSD money trail leads to Cyprus

Czech Position |
4 January 2012

Huge kickbacks from dodgy deals at roads directorate ended in Cyprus firm, may have funded political campaigns, HN says.

Ex-finance minister forgave alleged criminals' tax debt

Czech Position |
4 January 2012

A wiretap indicated ex-FinMin Vlastimil Tlustý was to receive CZK 3 million for forgiving the CZK 12 million in taxes owed by Setuza, HN says.

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