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Czech prosecutors drop fraud charges against Czech PM

Sep. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague prosecutors said Friday they have decided to drop charges against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis over an alleged $2 million fraud involving European Union subsidies. The prosecutors announced their decision after evaluating the police recommendation to indict Babis. They also...

Kosovo PM cancels trip to Czech summit after strong comments

Sep. 12, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has cancelled his participation at a summit of Central European countries following denigrating words from the Czech president against his country. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday he told his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis he could not take part...

Hungary touts family policies as alternative to immigration

Sep. 5, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that economic incentives for families, not immigration, are the answer to low birth rates and a decreasing population. Speaking at a government-organized conference on demography, Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said that an upturn in...

Naming of new Czech culture minister averts political crisis

Aug. 27, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president has appointed a new culture minister, ending a political dispute that could have caused the government to fall. President Milos Zeman swore in former Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek to the new Cabinet post on Tuesday after months of refusing to replace the previous...

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...