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Official: Czech president can't perform duties due to health

Oct. 18, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Health problems were preventing Czech President Milos Zeman from carrying out his duties, an official said Monday. The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrcil, said that a letter he received from the Prague military hospital where Zeman is being...

Czech President Zeman needs time to recover, his wife says

Oct. 14, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman, in hospital for days with an unspecified health problem, needs time to recuperate, his wife said Thursday amid uncertainty over whether his condition would impact efforts to form a new government. “I can only confirm that he...

Czech PM says president ready to ask him to form government

Oct. 12, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Tuesday that the Czech Republic's president told him he was ready to give Babis a chance to form another government even though the party led by the populist billionaire placed a surprise second in the country's parliamentary election last...

Czech president hospitalized; Could affect forming new govt

Oct. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was rushed to the hospital on Sunday, a day after the country held parliamentary election in which populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis' party surprisingly came in second and Zeman has a key role in establishing a new government. ...

Ruling party narrowly loses Czech vote; PM Babis may be out

Oct. 09, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prime Minister Andrej Babis' centrist party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic's parliamentary election, a surprise development that could mean the end of the populist billionaire's reign in power. The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the...

Czechs sign deal to buy French truck-mounted artillery

Sep. 30, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech military has signed a deal worth 8.52 billion Czech crowns ($390 million) to acquire 52 CAESAR self-propelled gun howitzers from France’s Nexter Systems. The contract was signed on Thursday during a visit by French Defense Minister Florence...

Czech president Milos Zeman released from hospital

Sep. 22, 2021 05:21 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Zeman was admitted to Prague’s military hospital on Sept. 14 for what his office described later as a planned examination. It later said CT scans, sonography checks and blood tests...

EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice...

Hospitalized Czech president to return to work next week

Sep. 16, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman who was hospitalized this week has undergone medical checks that haven't revealed any problems or disease that would threaten his life, the presidential office said on Thursday. Zeman’s office said doctors carried out CT...

Czech president Zeman, predecessor Klaus hospitalized

Sep. 14, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was hospitalized Tuesday while predecessor Vaclav Klaus was undergoing tests at the same hospital. The presidential office didn’t immediately comment on Zeman’s hospitalization, which was confirmed by Prague’s military...