In a wide-ranging interview, former Czech prime minister and Social Democrats (ČSSD) chairman Jiří Paroubek explained where he sought inspiration for his new party, National Socialists-21st Century Left, and its program priorities. He also touched on football, racial unrest in the North Bohemia, and alleged links between ‘Left 21,’ Natland Group and lobbyist Roman Janoušek.
Jana Bobošíková, head of the right-wing Suverenita Party, shares a lot in common with Czech President Vacláv Klaus when it comes to their views and political positions. She is tipped as a central figure in an expected shake-up on the Czech right with Klaus taking a direct or indirect role. Bobošíková talks with Czech Position about how far the process is going and how the realignment could shape up.
Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda (Civic Democrats, ODS) has hired the prestigious international law firm of White & Case to ascertain why the projected costs of building the controversial Blanka Tunnel complex project — originally set at Kč 26 billion — have jumped by Kč 10 billion. Svoboda surprised his political opponents in the coalition that controls the Czech capital in taking the aggressive step.