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.
PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament early Thursday, ending months of political instability following October's general elections and giving the far-left Communists a role in governing for the first time since the country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution..
Czech PM inks power-sharing deal with Communists
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis signed a power-sharing deal with the far-left Communist Party on Tuesday in a move that will give the maverick party a role in governing for the first time since the country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution.
The agreement is meant to ensure the Communist Party's support for the coalition government led by Babis in a key, mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech justice minister has resigned less than two weeks after taking office, due to allegations of plagiarism.
Tatana Mala 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.
PARIS (AP) — Leaders of France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have met in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the creation of the Czechoslovakia military, which prompted the country's independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
On June 30, 1918, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was collapsing, France became the first country to formally recognize Czechoslovakia's new government, paving the way to the country's proclamation of independence later that year.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's president has sworn in a new government led by billionaire Andrej Babis for a second time, in a move supposed to end a period of political instability following last year's general election.
The centrist ANO (YES) movement led by Babis won the election in October, but his minority government lost a confidence vote in January and had to resign. Other parties in Parliament have been reluctant to enter a coalition with ANO because of fraud charges Babis faces.
PRAGUE (AP) — The president of the Czech Republic swore in billionaire Andrej Babis as prime minister for a second time Wednesday, a move that could result in the Communist Party having an official role in governing for the first time since the country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution.
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in the capital of Prague to protest acting Prime Minister Andrej Babis because he is under investigation for fraud and still plans to create a government supported by the maverick Communist Party.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president says a report by the country's military spy agency shows that a small amount of the nerve agent type used to poison an ex-Russian spy in Britain was produced in a small amount, tested and destroyed last year in the Czech Republic.
Milos Zeman, however, also says that another report by the Czech counterintelligence agency doesn't identify the agent as Novichok but as A230.
Talks to form new Czech coalition government to renew
PRAGUE (AP) — The leftist Social Democrats say they have agreed to return to talks to form a new Czech government with populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his political group.
Babis has offered the Social Democrats five ministries, including the coveted interior ministry.
Social Democratic chairman Jan Hamacek said Friday that the proposal is "decent."
PRAGUE (AP) — European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says it's unlikely to expect any deal on the thorny issue of the Irish border in the coming weeks.
Barnier says following last month's agreement on guidelines that will govern negotiations on future relations and trade with Britain, the negotiators are now focusing on technical details. He says any breakthrough is unlikely before the end of June.
He spoke after meeting acting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague.
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied across the Czech Republic to protest acting Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The protesters in 20 Czech towns and cities, including the capital of Prague, demanded that the wealthy entrepreneur resign from government.
The centrist ANO (YES) movement led by Babis won a parliamentary election in October, but his minority government lost a confidence vote in January and had to resign.
PRAGUE (AP) — Early elections in the Czech Republic appear to have become more likely after the collapse of talks to form a new government.
In an interview with the Pravo daily on Friday, Andrej Babis, the populist billionaire who leads the centrist ANO (YES) movement said early elections might be an option.
Babis won October's ballot but his minority government failed to win a mandatory confidence vote in Parliament in January and had to resign.
PRAGUE (AP) — A former communist-era police officer in the Czech Republic has resigned as chairman of a parliamentary committee on law enforcement following massive protests across the country.
Zdenek Ondracek was elected on Friday to head the committee with responsibility for the oversight of police forces.
Ondracek cited security reasons and unspecified threats in announcing his resignation on Tuesday.
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague and other major cities to protest the election of a former communist-era police officer as the head of a parliamentary committee on law enforcement.
Zdenek Ondracek became chairman Friday of the Czech Parliament committee with responsibility for the government's oversight of police forces.
Czech leader loses case on collaborating with secret police
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by the acting Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, against claims that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia's communist-era secret police, officials said Tuesday.
The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of his secret-police files because Czechoslovakia divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
Pro-Russia incumbent wins Czech presidential election
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's pro-Russia president won a second five-year term Saturday after beating a political newcomer viewed as more Western-oriented in a runoff vote.
President Milos Zeman's victory confirmed the political direction set during the country's parliamentary election, the result of which was seen as part of an anti-establishment wave sweeping Western democracies.
Scientist challenges incumbent in Czech presidential runoff
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's presidential runoff vote features the pro-Russian incumbent in a tight race against the former head of the Academy of Sciences.
President Milos Zeman and Jiri Drahos advanced to the second round of voting after none of the nine candidates seeking the largely ceremonial post received a majority in the first round two weeks ago. Zeman won 38.6 percent of the vote to Drahos' 26.6 percent.