Czech president nixes Cabinet nominee; move could fold govt
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — The upper house of the Czech Parliament has voted to bring charges against President Milos Zeman for allegedly violating the constitution.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands rallied in the Czech capital on Tuesday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis amid accusations he's in a conflict of interests over his...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the four-day voting in the European Union to fill the 751-seat European Parliament (all times local):
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands Czechs are rallying in Prague as the protests demanding the resignation of the new justice minister intensify.
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague and elsewhere for the third straight Monday to demand the new justice minister's resignation.
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague again to demand the resignation of the new justice minister.
The protesters say the minister might compromise the legal system at a...
New Czech justice minister appointed amid protests
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman has sworn in a new justice minister amid street protests against her appointment.
Thousands have ralled in Prague and elsewhere to protest the...
Thousands protest replacement of Czech justice minister
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague and elsewhere to protest the proposed replacement of the justice minister.
The protesters said Monday that might compromise the legal...
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers on Tuesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive from the state for property seized by the...
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police are recommending the indictment of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has "great personal regret" that the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis now have another thing in common: They both like the same campaign slogan.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who will meet with Donald Trump later this week, on Tuesday praised the U.S. president for trying to achieve peaceful nuclear disarmament in North...
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister says the National Gallery in Prague is working on a project with the Pompidou Center in Paris whose goal is to establish a branch of the modern...
Czech Senate vetoes taxation of church restitution plan
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech parliament's upper house rejected a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive for property seized by the former...
Czech prime minister will meet with Trump in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House next month.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will...
Czech PM invited to meet US president Donald Trump
PRAGUE (AP) — The United States ambassador to Prague says U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to meet him next month in Washington.
Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem...
The Latest: Czech, Libyan leaders pledge cooperation
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local):
The Czech Republic's prime minister has pledged his country's full support for Fayez Serraj, the prime minister of the U.N.-backed Libyan government in the capital, Tripoli.
Andrej Babis said Wednesday the Czech Republic has paid 8.75 million euros ($10 million), its share of the 35 million euros ($40 million) it pledged together with Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to help stop illegal migration from Libya.
Czech lawmakers approve taxation of church restitution plan
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament's lower house on Wednesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive for property seized by the former Communist regime.
The 106-56 vote showed the rising influence of the far-left Communists on Czech politics. The party is not part of the center-left ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, but helped the minority Cabinet survive a confidence vote.
Death toll in Czech mine explosion increases to 13
PRAGUE (AP) — The death toll in a methane explosion at a black coal mine in northeastern Czech Republic has increased to 13, a mining company said Friday.
OKD mining company spokesman Ivo Celechovsky said that 12 of the dead were Polish nationals while one was Czech, correcting information given earlier that said there were 11 Poles and two Czechs.
A further 10 miners were injured in the explosion Thursday afternoon at the CSM mine near the town of Karvina.
Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.
Tuesday's announcement by Prime Minister Andrej Babis comes a day after the country's National Cyber and Information Security Agency warned that the hardware and software made by Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, pose a security threat.
Czech spy agency says it paralyzed Russian spying network
PRAGUE (AP) — The head of the Czech Republic's counter-intelligence service says his agency broke a Russian spying network earlier this year and completely paralyzed its activities.
Michal Koudelka also says the agency known as BIS prevented dozens of Russian and Chinese spies from operating on Czech territory in last five years.
Koudelka's statement Friday comes a day after President Milos Zeman dismissed BIS' annual report.
Czech spy agency blames Russia for cyberattacks on diplomats
PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech spy agency says it's "obvious" that Russia was behind cyberattacks against the country's foreign ministry, calling them the most serious case of cyberespionage to hit the European country.
The agency known as BIS said in its annual report Monday the attacks were part of the Turla campaign by Russia's FSB intelligence agency and APT28 campaign by GRU military intelligence agency.
Other European countries have faced similar attacks.
Czech Cabinet survives no-confidence vote over PM’s scandal
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament over a fraud scandal implicating Prime Minister Andrej Babis amid continuing street protests on Friday.
Only 92 of the opposition lawmakers voted Friday to oust the Cabinet, well short of the 101 needed.
Babis faces charges of misusing EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including son, Andrej Babis, Jr.
Czech coalition government to survive no-confidence vote
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government is likely to survive a forthcoming parliamentary no-confidence vote after a junior party decided not to vote against it.
The chairman of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamacek, said Wednesday his party's lawmakers will abstain from Friday's vote. The government has also secured support from the Communist Party, meaning the opposition doesn't have enough votes to oust the Cabinet.
Czechs rally against PM on Velvet Revolution anniversary
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs have used the anniversary of their country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution to rally against Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The protesters gathered Saturday afternoon in front of Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech presidency. They set off on a march to the city's Old Town Square, demanding the resignations of Babis and his ally, President Milos Zeman.
Thousands demand resignation of Czech PM over fraud scandal
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over a fraud scandal.
Babis faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babis, Jr. Babis denies wrongdoing.
The Czech leader been under increased pressure this week after his son told an online news portal he was deliberately kept in Crimea to avoid being questioned in the case.
Czech Republic to stay out of UN pact on migration
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has decided the country will stay out of a United Nations pact promoting an international approach to safe and orderly migration.
Wednesday's decision comes after Prime Minister Andrej Babis vehemently opposed the document, saying it poses a threat for his country's security and sovereignty.
Czech government to face no-confidence vote over PM scandal
PRAGUE (AP) — The coalition government of the Czech prime minister will face a no-confidence vote proposed by the opposition amid allegations that Andrej Babis' son was deliberately kept abroad to avoid being questioned about the leader's fraud charges.
Czech lawmakers to debate bill to allow same-sex marriage
PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of the Czech Parliament is set to begin debating a bill that could give same-sex couples the right to marry.
The bill was drafted by a group of lawmakers across the political spectrum. It is supported by the coalition center-left government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
A number of European nations have legalized same-sex marriage, most recently Austria, but the Czech Republic could become the first post-Communist member of the European Union to do so.
Czech leader tells Mattis quitting nuclear deal would be bad
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has told U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that a possible U.S. withdrawal from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty would be wrong.
Andrej Babis told reporters in Prague on Sunday that relations (with Russia) "aren't ideal and we're returning to Cold War times."
Babis said that "it would be good for the superpowers to cooperate."
Mattis presses Saudi leader for full probe on writer’s death
PRAGUE (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister during an international conference and urged a full and complete investigation into the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Mattis told reporters traveling with him that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir "had no reservations at all" about the need for the kingdom to be transparent about the death of the Washington Post columnist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
German, Czech leaders want EU migration deals with Africa
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis have found an area of agreement within their conflicting views of migration.
Standing together at a news conference in Prague on Friday, Babis and Merkel said the European Union should strike deals with African countries like one with Turkey that helped slow the arrival of refugees and migrants.
Czech Republic gets foreign minister after migration delay
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's center-left government has a full-time foreign minister in place after a dispute over migration delayed an appointment for months.
Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Tomas Petricek to the post on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Petricek was the nominee of the Social Democrats, the coalition government's junior partner.
Conservative opposition party wins Czech Senate election
PRAGUE (AP) — A conservative opposition party in the Czech Republic has won an election for a third of the seats in Parliament's upper house as the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Andrej Babis suffered a setback.
With nearly all the votes counted Saturday by the Statistics Office, the Civic Democratic Party won 10 of the 27 seats up for grabs in the 81-seat Senate in the two-round election.
Czech PM faces challenge in second vote for Senate
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis' party is facing a serious challenge in the second round of voting to the Senate.
Nearly a third of the 81 seats in the Senate are up for grabs in the two-day ballot starting Friday. After two candidates secured more than 50 percent in last weekend's first vote, 25 seats are up for grabs.
Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion
PRAGUE (AP) — A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
Hundreds jeered and booed Babis' arrival for a ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site of a fierce street battle between unarmed civilians and invading troops in the first hours of occupation where 17 people died.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech leaders have paid their respects to three service members whose bodies were transported by military plane to Prague after they were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
President Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babis and other government and military officials attended a ceremony on Wednesday at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport together with the families of the three.
Czech military confirms 3 soldiers killed in Afghanistan
PRAGUE (AP) — Three Czech service members were killed early Sunday during a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan, the Czech military said.
The overnight attack took place near the Bagram military base in the province of Parwan, the country's armed forces said. It identified the service members as Staff. Sgt. Martin Marcin, 36, Cpl. Kamil Benes, 28 and Cpl. Patrik Stepanek, 25.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's labor and social affairs minister has become the second member of the new government who has resigned because of plagiarism allegations.
Petr Krcal was sworn in June 27 along with the rest of the coalition government led by billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis that is meant to end a period of political instability following October's parliamentary election.