Czech Republic http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25439/all en Colourful Czechs vie to replace Klaus as president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/colourful-czechs-vie-replace-klaus-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Czechs vote for president to replace Vaclav Klaus</p> <p>* Former PM Zeman seen winning first round</p> <p>* Second round run-off likely in two weeks</p> <p>By Jan Lopatka</p> <p>PRAGUE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A tattoo-covered artist, an aristocrat, a statistician and tippling chain smoker faced off with other candidates in the Czech Republic's first ever direct election on Friday to replace Euro-sceptic President Vaclav Klaus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/colourful-czechs-vie-replace-klaus-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Entertainment Environmental skepticism Europe Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:45:28 +0000 5733239 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech government faces no-confidence vote over prison amnesty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/czech-government-faces-no-confidence-vote-over-prison-amnesty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Government likely to survive vote set for next Thursday</p> <p>* Vote called to protest unpopular prison amnesty</p> <p>* President Klaus's pardon scrapped some graft cases</p> <p>PRAGUE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Czech opposition will try to topple the government next week in a no-confidence vote called over an amnesty that freed thousands of prisoners and halted investigation of some financial crimes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/czech-government-faces-no-confidence-vote-over-prison-amnesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Clemency Czech Republic Government Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:00:47 +0000 5733283 at http://www.globalpost.com Former PM Zeman wins first round of Czech presidential race http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/former-pm-zeman-wins-first-round-czech-presidential-race <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Former leftist Prime Minister Milos Zeman won the first round of the Czech Republic's first direct presidential election but will face strong competition in a run-off in two weeks, partial results showed on Saturday.</p> <p>The next president will replace the strongly Euro-sceptic incumbent Vaclav Klaus, whose final term ends in March.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/former-pm-zeman-wins-first-round-czech-presidential-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Politics of Europe Politics of the Czech Republic Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:00:17 +0000 5733598 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech industrial output sinks by 1.2% in 2012 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/czech-industrial-output-sinks-12-2012 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Industrial output in the recession-hit Czech Republic fell by 1.2 percent in 2012 on an annual comparison, official data showed on Wednesday.</p> <p>In December 2012, industrial output adjusted for workdays tumbled by 5.8 percent against the same month of 2011, after a 17.7-percent decline in car production in the country's large auto sector, the Czech Statistical Office said.</p> <p>The Czech central bank expects the country's economy contracted by 0.9 percent last year and will manage 0.2 growth this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/czech-industrial-output-sinks-12-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Entertainment PSA Group AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:01:06 +0000 5747439 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria postpones decision in Czech energy row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/bulgaria-postpones-decision-czech-energy-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's energy regulator postponed until April a decision on whether to revoke the distribution licence of Czech state-run power giant CEZ amid violent street rallies against high bills, the regulator announced Wednesday.</p> <p>Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had vowed on Tuesday to strip the company of its licence, while the regulator slapped heavy fines on both CEZ and the two other utilities -- Austrian EVN and Czech Energo-Pro -- for breaching their licencing agreements.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/bulgaria-postpones-decision-czech-energy-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:15:55 +0000 5761329 at http://www.globalpost.com Hackers assault Czech mobile operators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/hackers-assault-czech-mobile-operators <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hackers assaulted the websites of mobile operators in the Czech Republic Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks this week which have also hit online media and banks.</p> <p>The website of the Czech branch of Germany's T-Mobile was bombarded with traffic in a so-called DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack designed to overload networks.</p> <p>The operator's spokeswoman, Martina Kemrova, said online services were made inaccessible to clients before being restored.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/hackers-assault-czech-mobile-operators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Technology AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:45:55 +0000 5776029 at http://www.globalpost.com Zeman sworn in as Europe-friendly Czech president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/zeman-sworn-europe-friendly-czech-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Europe-friendly leftist Milos Zeman was sworn in as Czech president on Friday, replacing ardent eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus and becoming the EU member state's first head of state elected in a direct vote.</p> <p>Zeman, 68, earned a standing ovation for his inaugural speech in which he vowed to play "the role of a mediator and moderator" in the republic's rough-and-tumble political scene.</p> <p>But analysts have warned that the veteran leftist is likely to engage in a tug-of-war with the wobbly and austerity oriented centre-right minority government of Prime Minister Petr Necas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/zeman-sworn-europe-friendly-czech-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Europe Government Milos Zeman Social Issues AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:46:00 +0000 5777066 at http://www.globalpost.com Prague to send aid to Texan blast town of Czech heritage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/prague-send-aid-texan-blast-town-czech-heritage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prague said Wednesday it will send thousands of dollars in funds to West, the small Texan town levelled last week by a factory explosion and whose residents are largely of Czech origin.</p> <p>"The government has approved assistance of four million koruna (150,000 euros, $200,000), on the suggestion of Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg," ministry spokesman Karel Srol told AFP.</p> <p>"This sum will notably be used to rebuild a gymnasium belonging to the local branch of the Sokol (sport) movement" founded in the Czech Republic.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/prague-send-aid-texan-blast-town-czech-heritage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic European people Schwarzenberg AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:16:22 +0000 5824309 at http://www.globalpost.com Massive anti-graft swoop targets top Czech officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130614/massive-anti-graft-swoop-targets-top-czech-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Czech police on Thursday arrested Prime Minister Petr Necas's top aides and several former allies in an unprecedented anti-corruption swoop threatening the country's shaky government.</p> <p>The raids sparked calls for Necas to resign and prompted his political rival President Milos Zeman to summon him, the national police chief and the opposition leader for crisis talks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130614/massive-anti-graft-swoop-targets-top-czech-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Europe MiloŇ° Zeman Petr Necas Social Issues AFP Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:18:43 +0000 5857352 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Pesice named interim Czech Republic coach http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130913/football-pesice-named-interim-czech-republic-coach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Josef Pesice has been named interim coach of the Czech Republic for the remainder of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, replacing Michal Bilek, who quit earlier this week, the Czech football association said Friday.</p> <p>Pesice was an assistant to Bilek, who resigned after the Czech Republic's 2-1 loss to Italy in Turin on Tuesday which all but closed the way to the tournament in Brazil for his team.</p> <p>"I have asked Josef Pesice to perform the job of head coach for the (qualification) games in Malta and Bulgaria," association head Miroslav Pelta said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130913/football-pesice-named-interim-czech-republic-coach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic AFP Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:18:08 +0000 5933219 at http://www.globalpost.com Josef Koudelka, a nomad who 'shapes the world' with his camera lens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131021/josef-koudelka-nomad-who-shapes-the-world-his-camera-lens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Forty-five years after capturing the Soviet invasion of Prague, Czech-born photographer Josef Koudelka says he is more interested in "shaping the world" with his camera lens than in front-page events.</p> <p>"A photographer's work is to have an opinion about things, about the world, and to react to the world," Koudelka, 75, said in an interview in French with AFP in Bucharest where an exhibition of his pictures has opened.</p> <p>"What I do is look through my viewer and try to shape the world. As I do this, the world too is shaping me," he added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131021/josef-koudelka-nomad-who-shapes-the-world-his-camera-lens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Education Europe Josef Koudelka Josef Koudelka Labor Law Politics Religion Social Issues War AFP Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:19:02 +0000 5966179 at http://www.globalpost.com Graft-weary Czech voters pin hopes on 'incorruptible' tycoon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/graft-weary-czech-voters-pin-hopes-incorruptible-tycoon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Irked by the never-ending litany of graft scandals plaguing Czech politics, voters are rallying behind a self-professed "incorruptible" tycoon set to enter parliament for the first time in elections this week.</p> <p>The meteoric rise of Slovak-born billionaire Andrej Babis comes in the wake of a nosedive by centre-right parties, which were hit hard in the June collapse of Petr Necas's rightwing government over a high-profile bribery and spying scandal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131023/graft-weary-czech-voters-pin-hopes-incorruptible-tycoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrej Babis Czech Republic Europe Italy AFP Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:48:10 +0000 5968144 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech left leads vote count, new party second: partial results http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131026/czech-left-leads-vote-count-new-party-second-partial-results <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE (Reuters) - The center-left Social Democrats held onto their lead in the Czech republic's parliamentary election, partial results showed on Saturday.</p> <p>The party led with 21.3 percent of the vote after 80 percent of polling stations had reported. The new centrist protest movement ANO had 18.7 percent and the Communists were third with 15.7 percent.</p> <p>(Reporting by Jason Hovet; editing by Andrew Roche)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Czech Republic Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:16:51 +0000 5971661 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech president to give Christmas message instead of New Year speeches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131205/czech-president-give-christmas-message-instead-new-year-spee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Instead of giving the traditional New Year speeches, Czech President Milos Zeman will deliver Christmas message on December 26 from the Lany presidential chateau in central Bohemia, said Zeman's spokesman Jiri Ovcacek on Thursday.</p> <p>Ovcacek said that Zeman hopes to follow up the habit from interwar Czechoslovakia when similar speeches were delivered by Czechoslovak President Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1918-1935).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131205/czech-president-give-christmas-message-instead-new-year-spee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech Republic Europe MiloŇ° Zeman Xinhua News Agency Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:19:46 +0000 6010555 at http://www.globalpost.com Czech police say no evidence blast killing Palestinian envoy was attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140101/czech-police-say-no-evidence-blast-killing-palestinian-envoy-wa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police said on Wednesday there was no evidence an explosion that killed the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was an attack.</p> <p>(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Louise Ireland)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Czech Republic Thomson Reuters Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:51:24 +0000 6033249 at http://www.globalpost.com