Category archives for: Politics

RIP Vaclav Havel; Symbol of the Velvet Revolution

Havel speaking in Prague on 20th anniversary of revolution (c) Ben Skala

The last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992), dissident, king of democracy and renowned writer Vaclav Havel passed away at his home in Hradecek pri Trutnove yesterday 18 December, aged 75. The condolences came flooding in from all over the world, including from Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic who underlined the key role Havel played during and after […]

Emerging Europe and The Real Potential

CEE on the move (c) Tibor Macak, The Daily

Budapest – International Public Relations is a tricky business; news that might be totally overlooked by local media is often picked up and broadcast around the world from an international perspective regardless of the local opinion on the matter in question.  Democracy comes in differing degrees of implementation where the most democratic tend to have […]

Czech confidence in constitutional institutions plummets


A recent CVVM poll has shown a steep fall in confidence in Czech constitutional institutions. The poll, conducted on 1005 respondents over 15 years of age, was taken between June 6 and 13. The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, is the least trustworthy institution being trusted only by 15 percent of the […]

Euro summer unrest again in Prague

strikers (21 may 2011)

Prague grounds to halt in transport strike As the Arab Spring appears to be turning into a Euro summer, the threatened Czech transport workers’ strike, delayed by court injunction, went ahead on Thursday June 16th. Czech PM Petr Nečas said that the strike was a “political act”, adding that it caused millions in damage. The […]

Opposition calls for early elections as industrial tensions mount

workers in strike © ČMKOS

  The leader of the Czech opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) party, Bohuslav Sobotka today called for early elections as the government he says is unable to cope with the continuing social unrest. The government’s obtaining of an injunction banning the proposed strike by transport workers on Monday, has been met with plans for an even […]

Threat of general strike looms in Czech Republic

strikers (21 may 2011)

Speculation is mounting about the possibility of the Czech Republic’s first general strike since 1989. Fuelling this view was the 40, 000 demonstrators who gathered in Wenceslas Square from around the country on May 21st. Mirroring events in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Protestors gathered to vent anger at proposed austerity measures targeting social spending by […]

Czech Government unveils new civil code draft

On Monday the government introduced what is expected to be final draft of the Czech Republic’s new Civil Code.  This revamping of the 1964 original is intended to unify its fractured and, perhaps, convoluted set of laws that govern the private sector–of which many, as the date suggests, are a legacy of the former communist […]

Klaus contests Havel over Libya intervention


President Vaclav Klaus has opposed the comments of his predecessor Vaclav Havel made in today’s Hospodarske Noviny that the western world should go ahead with an intervention in Libya. Klaus is against military intervention in the country, and he is the one who will be representing the Czech Republic at a special EU summit on […]

Power to the people! Czechs to get direct presidential vote

The government coalition parties have agreed through negotiations with the opposition social democrats on changing the law to allow the public to elect the Czech President directly. The announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Justice, Jiří Pospíšil, who informed that the system would most likely involve a two-round election procedure where only the top […]

Czechs reiterate support for democracy in Burma

Vaclav Havel and foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg at Burma conference in Prague on Feb. 12. (Photo: Mark Farmaner / Burma Campaign UK)

Foreign affairs minister Karel Schwarzenberg spoke with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by telephone yesterday, and assured her that the Czech Republic continues to support her battle for democracy in Burma. South-east Asian portal The Irrawaddy cites Schwarzenberg as saying “It was a great honor and privilege for me to have an opportunity to […]

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