Czech Republic: Arrest made after anti-Islam demo is met by counter-protest.
Ruptly TV Jun 30, 2015
Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against what they consider to be the "Islamisation of Europe" were met by a group of counter-protesters in central Prague, Tuesday, leading to heated disputes and at least one arrest.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2016 20:05:29 GMT -5
Czech PM Regrets Living Standards Still Low Compared to Germany, Austria.
EUROPE 07:59 21.02.2016
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka regrets that wages and living standards in his country are still lower than those in neighboring EU states such as Germany and Austria.
PRAGUE (Sputnik) — According to Sobotka, it is necessary to increase the minimum wage to some $460, as well as the level of wages in a number of jobs starting from January 1, 2017. For instance, the country faces a significant lack of medical staff, while Czech doctors and nurses are employed in Germany and Austria that provide much higher wages.
"I personally and presumably all social democrats feel disappointed due to the fact…that quite a big gap in the standards of living, in particular, between Germany and Austria on the one hand, and the Czech Republic on the other, continues to take place," the prime minister told journalists.
The process aimed at increasing the salaries of health workers as well as teachers and other state employees by an average of 3 percent started in 2014 and continued in 2015, but it is necessary to make this growth more significant, the prime minister said.
Business executives in most industries oppose any significant increase in minimum wages and wages in general, while representatives of trade unions, according to Sobotka, insist on a more considerable wage growth during negotiations with the government.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 29, 2017 20:36:16 GMT -5
PM says his govt succeeds in fighting corruption.
ČTK | 26 JANUARY 2017
Prague, Jan 25 (CTK) - The current Czech government has sharply reduced corruption in the country and it continues its effort, while facing no corruption scandals itself, PM Bohuslav Sobotka said after a cabinet meeting yesterday, reacting to Transparency International's corruption perception index (CPI).
In the fresh CPI world rankings for 2016, the Czech Republic occupies the 47th position, together with Cyprus and Malta, ten positions down compared with the preceding year.
Sobotka's (Social Democrats, CSSD) centre-left government was established in early 2014. The CSSD's government partners are the ANO movement and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).
"We have markedly reduced corruption in the past three years. In addition, the current government is not burdened with corruption scandals that would force ministers and senior officials to leave their posts. The government has been doing its utmost and corruption has been fought in the Czech Republic. The question of why people have this [different] feeling is worth analysing," Sobotka said.
Commenting on the CPI results, the Czech branch of Transparency International said the Czech CPI deterioration mirrors the recent transformation of corruption cases, with the attention of pressure groups switching from individual corruption affairs such as overpriced contracts and subsidy scandals towards a rearrangement of the distribution of power.
People on the top political level actually no longer need to violate laws as they can adjust them in order to make their action legal, Czech TI director David Ondracka told journalists.
Further reasons for the Czech CPI decline are imperfect, missing and wrongly implemented laws, and also persisting open corruption cases which the judiciary fails to close quickly, Czech TI said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 15, 2017 14:28:03 GMT -5
Czech President pokes fun at media, declaring himself ‘agent of Putin, Trump, China & Israel’
RT.com 11 Mar, 2017 14:12
The Czech Republic’s conservative Euroskeptic president has declared that he is an agent of his Russian counterpart, as well as other leaders and nations, during a press conference where he announced his intention to run for a second term.
Speaking in Prague during a televised event on Friday, Milos Zeman launched his 2018 re-election campaign, vowing not to change his often-criticized conservative platform, which includes prioritizing Czech interests over pan-European ones.
Zeman is often at odds with the government of Social Democrat Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, which supports Brussels on issues like anti-Russian sanctions and immigration.
Though the president has limited authority in the Czech Republic, Zeman, 72, who won the office in 2013, remains one of the country’s most popular figures, especially in rural areas.
He has advocated nurturing closer ties with Russia and China, supporting Israel, and limiting the inflow of asylum seekers from Muslim nations.
When asked by a Russian TV channel whether he was concerned about being branded a Russian agent, Zeman poked fun at the Czech media for criticizing his position on Moscow.
“I am an agent of Russia, and particularly of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin” he declared, speaking in Russian. “I should add that I am also an agent of the Chinese President. Lately also of the new American President. I am an agent of Israel, which I have been supporting all this time.”
The Czech President wrapped up the joke by saying that, in truth, he is the agent of only one country – the Czech Republic.
Zeman said media criticism was among the factors that had prompted him to seek re-election.
“Each of their attacks encouraged me more to run. Thank you, Czech media,” he explained.
At the moment, the only other contender for the presidency is businessman and writer Michal Horacek, who has launched a campaign with the slogan “We can do better.”
Zeman will name the country’s next prime minister before he leaves office. Sobotka’s Social Democrats are running an uphill battle against their ruling coalition rivals, the ANO movement of billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis.
Babis parliamentary campaign is based on rooting out corruption and running the country like his business, an idea that resonates favorably with many voters.
Sobotka, who won the party’s leadership on Friday, argues that Babis dislikes democracy and has conflicts of interests. Zeman may favor Babis over Sobodka to form a new coalition government, if neither party wins a majority of parliamentary seats in October.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 11, 2018 20:00:56 GMT -5
Friend of Russia Heading Czech Republic to Win a Second Term
Viktor Zeman is expected to sweep the opposition in the Czech presidential election
(Free West Media) 11 hours ago
The election could become bogged down in shrill allegations of Russian meddling, because Zeman is currently the favourite to win out of the nine candidates standing.
The popular candidate had previously served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002 and is seen as Russia’s favourite candidate.
The Czech politician, 73, has met frequently with Vladimir Putin. Russia meanwhile is constantly being accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and the European Union referendum.
The Eurosceptic Zeman has criticised Muslim immigration and supported the lifting of sanctions against Moscow while calling for the recognition of Crimea.
Polls show that Zeman has a 47.6 percent lead. According to kdovyhrajevolby.cz website which combines polls with bookmakers’ odds, his most serious challenger Jiri Drahos, former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, is trailing with 44.9 percent. Czech-based pro-Europe think tank European Values, maintain that the Czech Republic’s presidential election is thought to be one of the Kremlin’s most important “targets”.
The report predicts the Czech Republic to be the “most intense battleground for Russian meddling efforts, especially during the presidential election”.
It adds: “Kremlin-inspired Czech disinformation efforts are almost completely united behind president Zeman and will probably play the role of creator and offer a platform to massive disinformation and smear campaigns against Zeman’s challengers.”
But Sean Hanley, a senior lecturer at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, said many Czechs share Zeman’s friendly attitude towards Russia.
Many have felt that the Czech Republic’s membership of the EU has not lived up to its promises, he said. “There’s a scepticism towards the EU and further integration,” Hanley told The Express, a British daily. “It’s rooted in the fact that the EU was presented as an end point for economic prosperity and catching up with the West, which hasn’t worked out for everyone.
“Czech attitudes to Russia are very pragmatic… Their political stances are rooted in pragmatism and where their national interests lie.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 12, 2018 17:01:58 GMT -5
Femen is pointless, Soros loosing money
‘Honored to be attacked after Pope!’ Czech President Zeman targeted by FEMEN at polling station.
RT Jan 12, 2018
Czech President Milos Zeman was confronted by a topless female activist at a polling station in Prague on Friday, during the first round of the country's presidential election. Shouting ‘Zeman is Putin's slut,’ the activist rushed to Zeman when he was receiving his ballot paper from the election committee. Commenting on the incident, Zeman said, ‘I was probably attacked by a black woman from the group called 'Femen'. That group has previously attacked the Pope so I am honoured that they attacked me.’
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 26, 2018 15:35:26 GMT -5
Czechs vote in presidential election run-off, tight race expected.
RT.com 26 Jan, 2018 15:59
Czech citizens will have until 2pm on Saturday to cast their votes as polls opened on Friday for the run-off in the presidential election. The incumbent Milos Zeman is facing challenger Jiri Drahos, the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Zeman, 73, is favored to win another five-year term, but polls suggest it could be a tight race, AP said. In 2013 Zeman, then a former left-leaning prime minister, became president after defeating former conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in the second round of the election. Zeman, seen as a Russia-friendly politician, was one of the few European leaders to endorse Donald Trump’s bid for the White House. He flew the EU flag at Prague Castle, but also proposed a referendum on the country’s membership in the bloc. Drahos links the country’s future to its EU and NATO memberships.
Czech Republic re-elects far-right president Miloš Zeman
Anti-immigrant and pro-Putin leader takes decisive victory over liberal opponent Jiří Drahoš
Miloš Zeman, the Czech Republic’s populist president, has been narrowly re-elected in a tense contest against a liberal challenger, marking a victory for anti-immigrant, far-right forces in the country and potentially tilting its politics in an anti-western direction.
With more than 99.5% of ballots counted in a second-round presidential runoff, Zeman had a decisive lead over Jiří Drahoš, a trained chemist and former head of the Czech academy of sciences, by a thin but decisive margin of 51.5% to 48.5%.
Zeman, who is a vocal supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and who has promoted ties with China, has called for referendums on the Czech Republic’s membership of the EU and Nato. Drahoš campaigned to strengthen the country’s ties to both organisations.
The outcome followed a campaign in which Zeman, who has carved out a reputation as a fierce critic of Islam, painted his opponent as weak on immigration, an issue that resonates strongly in the central European country, where opposition to the EU’s migrant quota scheme runs high.
The symbolism of the 73-year-old president’s victory was clear when he made a triumphant speech to supporters in Prague, flanked by Tomio Okamura, leader of the hardline anti-immigrant Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD), which supported his re-election campaign.
Okamura, whose party holds a potentially balance-tipping 22 seats in the Czech parliament, last month hosted a far-right conference in the Czech capital attended by Marine Le Pen, leader of the French Front National, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and other European populist politicians.
Zeman’s victory allows him to dictate the shape of a new government headed by Andrej Babiš, a billionaire tycoon who last week resigned as prime minister after his minority government failed to win a parliamentary confidence vote.
The president had vowed to re-appoint Babiš – who faces criminal charges for allegedly obtaining EU funds fraudulently – whatever the election result, but is now likely to use his victory to insist that the next proposed government has majority support in the 200-seat parliament. That could mean pushing Babiš into an alliance with the SPD. Babiš, whose Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party has 78 seats, has refused to consider a coalition with the SPD, citing its far-right views. Other parties have declined to enter a coalition with Babiš because of the criminal charges against him.
“Zeman will want to play a controlling role in forming the next government and that’s not a good omen for Babiš,” said Jiri Pehe, a Czech political analyst and director of the New York University in Prague. “The SPD will be Zeman’s card. He owes them and did very well in those areas where it has support.
“I think he could push Babiš into, if not forming a coalition government with them, then at least accepting their support to allow them to stay as a minority government with them, perhaps with the support of the communists.”
Zeman’s victory confounded widespread concerns about his health and the effects of his reported heavy drinking and smoking. The president has turned the latter issue around to cast himself as folksy and authentic. His electoral triumph appeared to be due to strong support in the provinces and far-flung areas, while his opponent scored heavily in the major cities, particularly Prague.
Communists to enter Czech govt for 1st time since collapse of Soviet bloc.
RT.com 10 Jul, 2018 20:16
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has signed a power-sharing agreement with the Communist Party. It would mark the first time since the collapse of the Soviet bloc that the Communists have been in the Czech government.
The agreement will ensure that the left-wing party supports the government coalition headed by Babis in a confidence vote which will take place in the parliament on Wednesday. The confidence vote is mandatory and all governments must face one to remain in power.
Babis’s centrist, anti-establishment ANO party won an election last year but most other parties have rejected working with them while Babis —a billionaire businessman— faces investigation for alleged fraud, which he has denied.
ANO managed to agree to a coalition with the leftist Social Democrats, but has been unable to form a parliamentary majority, which led it to seek support from the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia .
Babis won the party’s support by agreeing to their call to tax compensation that churches receive for property seized by the former Communist regime in the country.
Cooperation with the communists has sparked outrage from many Czechs and prompted thousands of people to come out and protest against the move in June. The Czech Communist Party has maintained hardline views, unlike many other European communist parties, who have moved into the mainstream left-wing in recent years.
The party is anti-NATO and totally opposed to any deployment of Czech troops abroad, including to the Baltic countries and Poland as part of NATO missions. It also maintains close relations with communist parties in Cuba, North Korea and China.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 20, 2019 11:45:19 GMT -5
Czech President Zeman rejects minister nominee as row threatens ruling coalition.
RT.com 14 Aug, 2019 16:24
Czech President Milos Zeman has rejected the nominee for culture minister proposed by the junior government partners, the Social Democrats, in a dispute that has threatened Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ coalition.
The Social Democrats have demanded since May that Zeman appoint their deputy chairman Michal Smarda, arguing that the president has no constitutional authority to reject him.
Zeman on Wednesday rejected the nominee. “Mr Smarda was never involved in culture-related matters. For that reason he is not qualified for the position of culture minister.”
Constitutional experts have said the president does not have the right to veto candidates, and Social Democrat chief Jan Hamacek repeated Zeman should appoint Smarda. The ruling coalition of Babis’ ANO and the Social Democrats relies on Zeman’s allies in the Communist Party to secure a majority in parliament, Reuters said.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5