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Post EU ElectionsTory EP group seeks alliance with new German anti-EU party

29.05.14 @ 09:41

The anti-federalist group in the European parliament dominated by the British Tories, the ECR, is bullish about its future and shape in the forthcoming legislature. Despite the mediocre result for British PM David ...

Post EU ElectionsCommission hopefuls largely unknown on streets of Europe

21.05.14 @ 09:33

In the EU capital of Brussels there has been much political kerfuffle around Spitzenkandidaten – the six politicians campaigning to be the next president of the European Commission. The run-up to this week's vote has ...

Post EU ElectionsBelgium, Spain, France field most senior MEPs in EU vote

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Is the European Parliament an important institution to which political heavyweights should be sent? Or is it a place for potential talent to learn the metier, away from their member state's capital? Opinions on the ...

EUobservedFear-mongering and bad jokes mark Czech EU elections

07.05.14 @ 09:21

Czech people are commemorating the 10-year anniversary of their smooth accession to the EU, but if a stranger landed in the country now they could be forgiven for believing the past decade has been a national disaster. ...

Post EU ElectionsCzech people's party lands in hot water over anti-immigration line

22.04.14 @ 09:25

The Czech Christian Democrats’ campaign for the EU elections got off to a rocky start earlier this month after it included a controversial line about immigration in its party programme. The centre-right party (KDU-CSL), ...

AgendaCorporate governance on the agenda this WEEK

07.04.14 @ 09:33

New legislation on the rights of shareholders and corporate governance is set to top the agenda of a quiet week for the EU's institutions. On Wednesday (9 April) the European Commission will table plans to re-write the ...

Post EU ElectionsRecord number of Roma running in Czech EU election

02.04.14 @ 09:12

Despite rising animosity toward the country’s minority Roma population – or perhaps because of it – there is now a record number of Roma running in the Czech EU elections. Out of the 39 parties and political movements ...

Czech government backs EU fiscal pact

25.03.14 @ 09:28

The Czech government has agreed to adopt the EU's fiscal pact, as the new centre-left administration of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka continues to tread a more pro-EU path than his predecessors. The decision, taken ...

Post EU ElectionsProminent Czech MEP pushed aside for party-fixer

28.02.14 @ 09:26

Czech MEP Libor Roucek has just learnt a hard lesson about the true distance between Brussels and Prague. Of the 22 Czech MEPs he is one of the few known euro-deputies and yet he has ended up ninth on his party list for ...

Post EU ElectionsPopulist parties set for 10 percent of Czech EU vote

20.02.14 @ 09:56

Czech voters have only just voted in national elections so persuading them to go to the urns once more is seen as the biggest challenge ahead of the May EU vote. Nevertheless unexpected candidates have already popped up ...

Czech government to give up EU Charter opt-out

20.02.14 @ 09:29

The Czech Republic is to abandon its opposition to the EU's charter of rights and the fiscal compact treaty in a sign that there could be warmer relations between Prague's new government and Brussels. The country's ...

OpinionNeo-Nazis mobilise against minorities in Czech republic

23.10.13 @ 09:02

Ultra-right parties and their neo-Nazi supporters have unleashed an unprecedented level of coordinated anti-Roma demonstrations throughout the Czech Republic this year, aiming to tip the balance at the polls and ...

New Czech government could herald U-turn on EU policy

24.07.13 @ 07:47

The new Czech government sworn in earlier this month could alter the country's position on several EU topics. In recent years, the Czech republic has been an ally of the United Kingdom in several high-profile political ...

OpinionCzech Watergate: All the Prime Minister’s women

17.06.13 @ 09:31

A political earthquake struck the Czech republic on Thursday night (13 June) directly after Prime Minister Petr Necas' cabinet meeting. Following raids on government and company offices across the country, police ...

EU pledges aid to flood victims

04.06.13 @ 09:18

The European Commission says it is ready to unleash funds to help the thousands affected by one of the worst floods to hit Europe in a decade. Six people are reported dead in the Czech Republic with another two dead in ...

OpinionBye-bye Mr Klaus! Bye-bye euroscepticism?

25.01.13 @ 19:47

For eight years Vaclav Klaus as President of the Czech Republic has been its best known eurosceptic face. He not only gave EU bureaucrats a hard time by extending almost indefinitely the signature of the Lisbon Treaty, ...

From Gaza to EU: one man's journey

22.01.13 @ 09:20

The efforts of one Palestinian man to get to his scholarship at a European university show how cut off Gaza is from the normal world. Twenty-four-year-old Maysara al-Arabeed left Gaza for the first time in his life on ...

Bumpy ride for fiscal compact in Dublin, Prague, Helsinki

14.12.11 @ 09:28

The EU’s new fiscal compact is again getting a bumpy ride from a number of quarters in member states, with opposition parties in Ireland warning over loss of sovereignty and the leaders of the Czech Republic and Finland ...

Czech PM mulls euro referendum

28.10.11 @ 15:46

The ruling euro-sceptic ODS party in the Czech Republic wants to push for a referendum on the country's future eurozone accession, claiming that the rules have changed since 2003 when Czechs said yes to the EU and the ...