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Former Czech foreign minister to become new culture minister

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president has agreed to appoint a newly proposed candidate for a Cabinet minister, defusing a dispute that could have caused the government to fall. President Milos Zeman is ready to appoint former Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek as the country's new culture minister, his...

Czech president nixes Cabinet nominee; move could fold govt

Aug. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president refused to appoint a candidate for a Cabinet post Wednesday, deepening a political crisis that could cause the country's coalition government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis nominated the candidate to replace the culture minister he asked to have removed in May at the...

Czech senators say president violated country's constitution

Jul. 24, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The upper house of the Czech Parliament has voted to bring charges against President Milos Zeman for allegedly violating the constitution. The Senate, which is controlled by the opposition, voted 48-20 Wednesday to file the charges at the Constitutional Court. Zeman denies wrongdoing. But a...

Request to remove minister may bring down Czech government

Jul. 11, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech leaders failed Thursday to resolve a dispute over a Cabinet minister that could cause the government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis asked President Milos Zeman to replace his culture minister in May at the request of a partner party in his minority coalition government. Babis said...

The Latest: Macron looks at Brexit as EU picks new leaders

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 10:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says a no-deal Brexit "remains a possible option" but it shouldn't be feared. The European Union is getting new leadership by late fall but an Oct. 30 deadline for Britain's departure from...

EU leaders break deadlock, nominate candidates for top posts

Jul. 2, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After three days of arduous negotiations, European Union leaders broke a deadlock Tuesday and nominated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of the bloc's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, one of two women named to top EU posts for the...

Czech Cabinet survives no-confidence vote over PM's scandal

Jun. 26, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis has survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament over European Union subsidies that were paid to his former business empire. The opposition requested the vote after a preliminary EU report concluded the subsidies...

Czech government faces no-confidence vote over PM's scandal

Jun. 26, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over European Union subsidies that were paid to his former business empire. Five opposition parties requested the vote, after a preliminary EU report concluded the subsidies...