Former president Václav Klaus says that if the Civic Democrats had
expelled his son, Václav Klaus Jr., a few weeks sooner, the two would have
had time to found a party under which the latter could have stood in
elections to the European Parliament in May. He made the comment in an
interview for the newspaper Blesk published three days after Václav Klaus
Jr. had his membership of the Civic Democrats revoked.
Mr. Klaus also said that the Civic Democrats should change their name as, he argued, they bear no resemblance today to the party he founded in the 1990s.
The chairman of the opposition Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, has accused the
ANO-led cabinet of being a government of marketing and empty words.
Speaking at a party policy conference on Saturday, Mr. Fiala also
indirectly compared ANO’s leader, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, to Baron
Munchausen, a literary character known for the comical exaggeration of his
During Saturday’s congress the Civic Democrats expelled Václav Klaus Jr. from the party. The son of the former prime minister and president had refused calls to quit the party after he compared Czech MPs approving EU directives to the decisions of the Jewish council, whose members were forced to make selections for transports to concentration camps.
The opposition Civic Democrats (ODS) have called on MP Václav Klaus, Jr.
to leave the parliamentary caucus, saying his remarks are damaging the
On Tuesday, Mr Klaus likened the transposition of European Union directives, most recently the GDPR, to the deportation of Jews imposed by the Nazis during the war.
After protests from several parties, Civic Democrat leader Petr Fiala apologised for the “unfortunate comparison”.
Mr Klaus, the son of the former Czech president, has said he will not leave the Civic Democrats voluntarily.
Czech media and advertising tycoon Jaromír Soukup has formally registered
a political movement bearing his name with the stated aim of “defending
national interests against corrupt politicians and oligarchs”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, which handles such requests, on Wednesday confirmed the registration of the movement, called List Jaromíra Soukupa.
Mr Soukup hosts a popular talk show on the private cable channel TV Barrandov, which he took over in 2012. Critics say it panders to voters of populist and extreme right-wing parties and politicians.
At their party congress this weekend, the Social Democrats re-elected Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček chairman and elevated rising political star Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček to deputy chairman. Delegates also endorsed a revised party platform, representing a shift some observers view as more radically left, other towards a mainstream European centre. Regardless, will it be enough to revive the party’s popularity?
Jan Hamáček was re-elected leader of the Social Democratic Party at a
two-day election conference in Hradec Kralové on Friday. Hamáček, who
has led the party since February 2018, ran unchallenged. The candidates for
the remaining five deputy posts include Foreign Minister Tomáš
Petříček, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová and deputy
chair of the lower house Tomáš Hanzel.
Foreign Minister Petříček, whose pro-European policy has come under fire from the Communist Party and President Miloš Zeman, said earlier that if he was not elected to a deputy post he would consider quitting as foreign minister.
Addressing the Social Democrats election conference, President Miloš Zeman
said he would give the party his vote in the upcoming European elections.
He praised the party for its decision to enter into a coalition with the ANO party rather than resorting to what he described as “a more comfortable role in the opposition”.
The president gave his full backing to party leader Jan Hamáček who, he said, had not put a foot wrong in office so far, but criticized Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, saying that his election to a deputy post would be “repeating past mistakes”.
Zeman said the party had capable politicians, but did not always make good use of their potential.
A Communist Party bill aiming to tax church restitutions hit the rocks in the Senate on Wednesday where the vast majority of senators rejected it as “unconstitutional“. The bill was rejected not just by the opposition parties but by nine senators from the ruling ANO and Social Democratic Party which helped to push it through the lower house.
The Social Democrats’ Tomáš Petříček believes the party must target
urban voters if it is to turn around its electoral fortunes, the news site
Aktualne.cz reported. The minister of foreign affairs intends to stand for
a deputy leader’s post at a Social Democrats’ congress this weekend.
Mr. Petříček said it was necessary to attract new voters and to regain the trust of urban voters. The Social Democrats need to win over those who now back the Czech Pirate Party, Aktualne.cz quoted him as saying.
The Social Democrats headed the previous government but only gained 7 percent in the last general elections.
The ANO party of the ruling coalition would win general elections, if they
were held today, according to a survey conducted by the CVVM agency.
ANO would get 30 percent of the vote, followed by the opposition Pirate Party and the Civic Democrats which would both get 15 percent.
The Social Democrats would come fourth with 11 percent, just ahead of the Communist Party which would get 10 percent.
The only other parties which stand a chance of crossing the five percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house are the Christian Democrats, the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Mayors and Independents.
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