Latest Czech Republic government News

Czechs to end checks at Slovak border amid migration decline

Feb. 01, 2023 10:51 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's government will end checks on the country's border with Slovakia that were renewed last year amid a new increase in migration, officials said Wednesday. The measure has been in place since Sept. 29 at 27 border crossings between the two European...

China scoffs at new Czech president's phone call with Taiwan

Jan. 31, 2023 09:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday accused Czech President-elect Petr Pavel of challenging its hard line on national sovereignty by affirming ties with self-ruled Taiwan in a phone call with the island’s leader. The call on Monday represents a symbolic breach of China’s attempts...

Retired Czech army general Pavel wins presidential election

Jan. 28, 2023 13:23 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Petr Pavel, a retired army general, decisively defeated populist billionaire Andrej Babis in a runoff vote Saturday to become the Czech Republic's new president. Pavel, 61, will succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial but prestigious post....

Czechs pick successor to Milos Zeman in presidential runoff

Jan. 27, 2023 11:15 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs started voting Friday for a new president, choosing between a retired army general and a populist billionaire in a two-day runoff election to succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Gen. Petr Pavel and Andrej Babis, who is a...

Today in History: JAN 26, Kobe Bryant and daughter killed

Jan. 26, 2023 17:00 PM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2023 There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling...

Populist billionaire vies with ex-general for top Czech post

Jan. 26, 2023 02:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A retired army general who backs military support for Ukraine and a euroskeptic billionaire who has questioned NATO's collective defense clause are contesting for the ceremonial but prestigious post of Czech president in a runoff starting Friday. Former Gen. Petr...

Czech government survives no-confidence vote in Parliament

Jan. 19, 2023 03:27 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government has survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote over opposition claims of incompetence. Only the 81 opposition lawmakers in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament voted to dismiss the five-party government led by Prime Minister Petr...

Czech government faces no-confidence vote in Parliament

Jan. 17, 2023 06:48 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government on Tuesday faced a parliamentary no-confidence vote over opposition claims of incompetence. The main opposition centrist ANO (YES) movement led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis accused the government, among other issues, of not doing...

Pavel edges Babis in first round of Czech presidential vote

Jan. 14, 2023 12:41 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Retired army Gen. Petr Pavel narrowly defeated populist billionaire Andrej Babis in the first round of the Czech presidential election to set up a runoff vote between the political newcomer and the former prime minister. Pavel and Babis advanced to a second round of...

Czechs picking successor to Milos Zeman in presidential vote

Jan. 13, 2023 10:03 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs have started voting for a new president, with populist billionaire Andrej Babis leading a field of eight candidates in a two-day election to succeed Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial post. Babis, a former prime minister, was acquitted this week in a fraud...