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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...

Crowd at huge Prague rally says Czech democracy is at risk

Jun. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in Prague to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign, assembling from across the Czech Republic for the capital's biggest anti-government protest since the 1989 pro-democratic Velvet Revolution that brought down the communist regime. The...

Prague set to see biggest protests since Velvet Revolution

Jun. 22, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague won't have seen anything like this since the protests of 1989 which brought down the communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia. Some 400,000 have signed a petition calling on Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to step down over fraud allegations and subsidies paid to his former...

Czech PM to face no-confidence vote over subsidy scandal

Jun. 18, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis will face a parliamentary no-confidence vote over European Union subsidies paid to his former business empire. A preliminary EU report concluded the subsidies amounted to a conflict of interest because he still...

Hungary's Orban hosts Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders

Jun. 13, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hosting a meeting with his counterparts from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to discuss the European Union, which will choose new leaders in coming weeks. Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny reported that the meeting...

Thousands of Czechs demand premier, justice minister resign

Jun. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs have rallied to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his new justice minister as protests are intensifying across the country. The protesters gathered in several hundred towns Tuesday, a week after tens of thousands rallied in Prague. They are calling...