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Belarus opposition leader urges international probe of govt

Jun. 09, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A Belarusian opposition leader called Wednesday for the creation of an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute crimes reportedly committed by her country's government and its longtime authoritarian leader, President Alexander Lukashenko. ...

Czech coalition government survives no-confidence vote

Jun. 03, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis survived on Thursday a no-confidence vote in Parliament over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Five opposition parties also requested the vote as prosecutors are looking...

Czech police call for premier's indictment in fraud case

May. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police recommended again on Monday that Prime Minister Andrej Babis should be indicted over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. Prague’s prosecution office said it has received the results of the updated police investigation into...

4th Czech health minister resigns since start of pandemic

May. 25, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic on Tuesday lost its fourth health minister since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the current office-holder Petr Arenberger called him in Brussels, where Babis is attending a summit of...

Polish, Czech leaders seek to resolve coal mine dispute

May. 25, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The government leaders of Poland and the neighboring Czech Republic held intensive talks Tuesday in an attempt to solve a years-long dispute that resurfaced recently over a Polish coal mine . The Czech government says the brown coal Turow mine,...

Poland defies EU court ruling to close major lignite mine

May. 24, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Monday defied an injunction by the top European Union court that ordered the immediate closure of a major brown coal mine, with officials saying it would shake the nation’s energy system and lead to the layoff of thousands of employees. ...

Czechs rally against justice minister over explosion probe

May. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of people rallied against the Czech Republic's justice minister Thursday, accusing her of undermining the independence of the country's legal system and spreading misinformation about the investigation of a huge ammunition depot explosion allegedly caused by Russian...

Czech lawmakers change electoral law to help small parties

Apr. 29, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The upper house of Czech Parliament on Thursday approved changes in the electoral law requested by the country’s highest court that ruled the previous legislation discriminated against small political parties. The Constitutional Court in February...

Czechs to Russia: Let our diplomats back or more of yours go

Apr. 21, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic demanded on Wednesday that Russia should allow its expelled diplomats to return to Moscow, threatening that otherwise more Russian diplomats would be asked to leave Prague. The Czech request looks set to further escalate a diplomatic...

New Czech foreign minister sworn in amid crisis with Russia

Apr. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's new foreign minister, Jakub Kulhanek, was sworn in Wednesday, amid a fierce diplomatic conflict with Moscow over allegations Russian agents were involved in a massive Czech ammunition depot explosion. Russia ordered 20 Czech diplomats...