Society
Brian Kenety|24.01.2012

Sex education must be optional, advocacy group tells Czech Senate

Currently, sex education is taught in Czech schools along with a few related subjects, such as biology. A small but influential advocacy group, the Committee for the Defense of Parental Rights (VORP), which helped stop the country’s first-ever guidebook on the subject from being part of the national curriculum, argued before the Senate on Tuesday that there can be no “uniform approach” to teaching children the facts of life.

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Tom Jones|16.12.2011

Catholic schism dragged into Czech political battleground

A schism in the Catholic Church that emerged almost half a century ago appears to have entered the sphere of Czech politics, with President Václav Klaus having forged links to Czech Catholic traditionalists who have taken to attacking their liberal fellow believers in the media. The war of words may stem from Klaus’ fear that Tomáš Halík could become a cardinal – or even the next president.

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Chris Johnstone|14.10.2011

‘Extremist’ Czech civil servant who sparked gov’t crisis stepping down

Ladislav Bátora, who shot to fame and infamy for his offensive remarks about TOP 09 leader and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg that sparked a government crisis, announced on Friday he was stepping down from his top post in the Ministry of Education. Bátora said he could no longer keep his word not to intervene in public life and hinted at joining a new right-wing party.

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Politics & Policy
Petr Nováček|12.09.2011

Return of the King: Will Klaus join ODS, Sovereignty or D.O.S.T.?

Václav Klaus is a workaholic and homo politicus to his very core. As such, after leaving Prague Castle when his second term expires in March 2013, in all likelihood he will go right back into national politics and be far more inclined to lead a party than merely join one, writes commentator Petr Nováček. But would the “father” of the Civic Democrats (ODS) be welcomed back? Or are the Sovereignty and D.O.S.T. movements a better fit?

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Tom Jones|30.08.2011

TOP 09 ministers to return to Cabinet after Bátora deal

The latest coalition government crisis appears to be resolved after Education Minister Josef Dobeš (VV), agreed to remove neo-nationalist Ladislav Bátora from the post of personnel chief at the ministry. Following the agreement on Monday evening, TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg thanked Dobeš for his willingness to compromise. Bátora will nevertheless remain at the ministry as Deputy Head of Office.

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Tom Jones|24.08.2011

LN Poll: Most Czechs want Klaus to stay in politics

Václav Klaus’ second presidential term ends in 2013, and according to a new poll, 28 percent of Czechs think the head of state should seek reelection in direct elections, while 15 percent of respondents said he should return to the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) he co-founded, and 12 percent would like him to establish a new right-wing conservative party. Some 44 percent say Klaus should leave politics.

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Brian Kenety|17.08.2011

TOP 09 stage Cabinet meeting walk out, demand Bátora’s exit

TOP 09 ministers walked out of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting to protest insults to their party chairman, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, 73, posted by Ladislav Bátora, an ultra-right adviser to Education Minister Josef Dobeš (VV), on his Facebook page. There’s no love lost between TOP 09 and VV, but the war of words might have fizzled had Bátora not made headlines over the Prague Pride gay festival.

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