Politics & Policy
Ondřej Koutník|16.05.2012

Jiří Paroubek’s fouls in high-stakes political game

Jiří Paroubek’s new party LEV 21 is an ambitious project that seeks to become a political pike in the pond of Czech left-wing politics and an alternative to the Social Democrats (ČSSD) and Communists (KSČM). But during its short existence, LEV 21’s boss has shot wide of the post and scored own goals, with allegations of murky financing and ties to Prague lobbyists sullying the upstart party’s name at a time when the voting public is ready for change.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Petr Nováček|09.05.2012

A new ‘red glow’ over the Czech Republic?

Political polls continue to show broadening support for the main two Czech left-wing parties, the Social Democrats (ČSSD) and Communists (KSČM), and give them a majority in the Lower House. But that creates a pretty big dilemma for ČSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka, who is prevented from party rules from forming any coalition with the party to his left even if there may be no real alternative on his right. The low risk of relying on “silent” Communist support also carries its own hazards.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|25.04.2012

Trade unions plan ever more ‘painful’ anti-gov’t protests

The biggest grouping of Czech trade unions plans to follow up on the massive “Stop the Government” protest march on Saturday in Prague, attended by an estimated 100,000 people, with what actions it promises the center-right government will feel to its core. The ČMKOS says it will not participate in further tripartite meetings with the ODS-led government. 

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Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|23.04.2012

Four in five Czechs unhappy with political situation

A poll taken ahead of massive demonstrations over the weekend calling for the center-right government to step down shows Czechs’ dissatisfaction with the current political situation at 79 percent — the highest level over the past two years.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|26.09.2011

Czech KSČM gaining in polls

Growing disillusion with politics has left many Czechs uncertain of which party to vote for — if at all — with support for the center-right coalition government in particular continuing to slide, a new poll by the STEM agency shows.

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Society
Staff Writer|23.06.2011

Support for Czech unions hits five-year high: poll

Labor unions in early June had support from half of the Czech population, according to a poll by research agency STEM. The level of support was influenced by respondents’ political orientation, with supporters of the ČSSD and KSČM more likely to express trust. The previous time that support was so high was in 1995 and 1997. A majority of poll respondents, though, doubted that unions behaved in a nonpartisan manner.

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Politics & Policy
Brian Kenety|07.06.2011

Every fourth Czech regrets 2010 vote

Roughly one in four Czech voters looks back on their choice of political party in the 2010 elections as a mistake, the STEM agency said, as cited by the news server parlamentnilisty.cz; this is particularly true of those who voted for the “political center” or center-right parties — and for Public Affairs (VV) in particular.

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Politics & Policy
Raymond Johnston|17.05.2011

Two polls paint divergent political landscapes

The Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) have stayed above the 5 percent threshold for entering the lower house of Parliament for two months and are now polling just 1 percentage point behind Public Affairs (VV), according to SANEP. Rival polling agency STEM sees both VV and the KDU-ČSL outside of Chamber door. Either way, the center-right coalition would lose ground if elections were held now.

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HOT TOP|Politics & Policy
Raymond Johnston|13.04.2011

Christian Democrats may be big winners in gov’t crisis

The recent scandal has not hurt voter preference for Public Affairs, according to results of a poll conducted April 7–12 by SANEP, after the “cash for loyalty” scandal broke. One winner in the crisis could be the Christian Democrats, who now hover close to the parliamentary threshold. Extremist parties also saw a boost in support, while the ODS, TOP 09 and both left-wing opposition parties saw slight drops.

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Politics & Policy
Raymond Johnston|24.03.2011

Poll: Communists take third place as TOP 09 drops

Support for the center-right ruling coalition of the Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP 09 and Public Affairs (VV) stayed fairly steady in March. A shift of preference from TOP 09 to VV, however, allowed the largely unreformed Communist Party (KSČM) to jump into third place, according to a new CVVM poll.

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