PRAGUE (AP) — About a quarter of a million Czechs gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to give Prime Minister...
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech pop singer Karel Gott, who became a star behind the Iron Curtain, has died. He was 80.
Gott died late Tuesday at his home in Prague after battling a long illness, his...
PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of Czech Parliament has dismissed a request to bring charges against President Milos Zeman for allegedly violating the constitution.
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...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Czech president on Wednesday kept up his denigration of Kosovo, suggesting that his government revoke its recognition of Serbia's former province as an independent...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman dislikes Kosovo, a former Serbian province whose declaration of independence Serbia does not recognize.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president has appointed a new culture minister, ending a political dispute that could have caused the government to fall.
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.
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) — 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...
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...
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) — 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.
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.
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — India's president says there's a significant potential for cooperation in the defense industry between his country and the Czech Republic.
Speaking in Prague Friday after meeting his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called on Czech defense firms to come to India to create joint venture companies.
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.
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) — A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time.
Milos Zeman announced a press conference for Thursday, but instead of briefing reporters, he had two firefighters in protective gear burn a huge pair of red underpants in front of them.
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.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Poland and the Czech Republic have called for closer cooperation among central European nations to defend their decision-making powers against pressure from European Union leaders, particularly over migration policies.
Czech President Milos Zeman began his visit to Poland Thursday with a meeting with his Polish host Andrzej Duda.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Czech president has bolstered Russia's arguments that it had nothing to do with a nerve agent attack in Britain that caused international outrage.
Russian officials on Friday welcomed the comments by Milos Zeman that his country produced a small amount of the same type of nerve gas used to poison an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain.
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's president suggested Wednesday that his country was considering joining the U.S. in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But the Czech government, which controls foreign policy, didn't confirm the announcement.
President Milos Zeman spelled out the process of moving the embassy, saying it will take place in three steps: An honorary consulate will be opened in Jerusalem next month followed by other Czech institutions before the embassy's actual transfer.
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) — 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) — Milos Zeman, a leading pro-Russian voice in EU politics, has been sworn in for his second term as Czech president.
Zeman was elected to the largely ceremonial post in 2013 during the country's first direct presidential vote, a victory that returned the former left-leaning prime minister to power. He won re-election in January.
PRAGUE (AP) — Voters in the Czech Republic cast ballots Friday in the second round of the country's presidential election, a runoff between the Russia-friendly incumbent and a scientist-turned-politician who is seen as more Western-oriented.
President Milos Zeman and Jiri Drahos, the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, advanced to the second round after none of the nine candidates in the first round two weeks ago received a majority of votes.
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis resigned on Wednesday after it failed to win a mandatory confidence vote in Parliament last week.
Babis submitted the resignation to President Milos Zeman on Wednesday.
Zeman, Babi's ally, accepted it and immediately asked Babis to try to form a new government again. He said he will swear him in as prime minister as soon as in February if he fails to get re-elected as president.
PRAGUE (AP) — Populist billionaire Andrej Babis has acknowledged he might not be in the new Czech government even though his centrist ANO movement won October's parliamentary election.
A new minority government led by Babis was appointed in December, but lost a mandatory confidence vote in Parliament on Tuesday. He and other ministers have agreed to resign.
Czech President Milos Zeman said he will ask Babis to form another government.
PRAGUE (AP) — Populist billionaire Andrej Babis' new Czech minority government failed to win a mandatory confidence vote Tuesday in the lower house of Parliament and has to resign.
Only 78 lawmakers voted in favor of the government while 117 were against. The loss was expected because the government lacks a majority.
President Milos Zeman, Babis' ally, said he would ask him to form a government again.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman failed to win re-election during the first round of a presidential election Saturday and will face a runoff in two weeks against the former head of the country's Academy of Sciences.
Zeman and Jiri Drahos advanced to a second round of voting because none of the nine candidates seeking the Czech Republic's largely ceremonial presidency received a majority of votes in the first round held Friday and Saturday.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Latest on the Czech Republic's presidential election (all times local):
Czech President Milos Zeman says he is ready to debate challenger Jiri Drahos before the second round of the country's presidential election in two weeks.
Zeman didn't take part in any public debates ahead of the first round vote he won on Saturday but without the majority he would have needed to avoid a runoff.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czechs are electing a new president, and eight candidates are hoping to unseat the incumbent.
President Milos Zeman, 73, is seeking another five-year term in the largely ceremonial post and is the favorite to win the election's first-round vote Friday and Saturday.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's controversy-courting president is seeking re-election this month in what will be the country's second election in which voters, instead of lawmakers, pick the person to fill the office.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday swore in a new minority government led by a populist billionaire whose centrist movement scored a landslide in a parliamentary election almost two months ago.
Andrej Babis' ANO (YES) movement won 78 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament in October. Babis was sworn in as prime minister last week. The new Cabinet has 14 ministers.
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman swore in a populist billionaire as the country's new prime minister on Wednesday after his centrist movement won parliamentary elections.
Andrej Babis' ANO (YES) movement won 78 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament in October.
Known for his slogan "everybody steals" and resolve to run the state like a company, Babis opposes setting a date for the adoption the euro common currency and rejects the EU's relocation system for migrants.
PRAGUE (AP) — Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has announced he is running for in the presidential election scheduled for January.
Topolanek confirmed his candidacy to Czech public television on Sunday. The colorful and outspoken politician is set to say more on Tuesday, the deadline for entering the race.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president asked Andrej Babis on Tuesday to try to form a new government after the populist billionaire's centrist movement won parliamentary elections.
Babis' ANO (YES) movement won 78 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament earlier in October. Eight other parties and groups won seats, including the anti-migrant and anti-EU party Freedom and Direct Democracy, which finished fourth.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president on Tuesday was expected set to ask populist billionaire Andrej Babis, whose ANO movement won parliamentary elections, to try to form a new government.
The office of President Milos Zeman announced the move. The president usually appoints the chairman of the strongest party to head the government as prime minister.
Babis' movement won 78 seats in the lower house of Parliament on Saturday. He needs coalition partners to govern with a parliamentary majority.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has condemned the president's rejection of European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
President Milos Zeman spoke Tuesday in Strasbourg, repeating his stance against the sanctions by saying they don't work. Zeman suggested they should be replaced with a dialogue that might result in some compensation for Ukraine from Russia. He also called Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula irreversible.
PRAGUE (AP) — A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic's status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.
The ban, which applies to inside areas of bars and restaurants as well as public places like cinemas, theaters and sports venues, was approved by Parliament following years of heated debate and signed by President Milos Zeman, a chain smoker.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's president has fired Finance Minister Andrej Babis and appointed his replacement, a move that ends the country's political crisis.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka requested that President Milos Zeman fire Babis, one of the richest men in the country, over unexplained business dealings.
Babis denied wrongdoing and initially said he wouldn't resign. Zeman initially refused to fire him, saying he considered Babis a successful minister.