Czech Republic

Right-wing opponent of European Union wins Czech parliamentary election

By Markus Salzmann, 23 October 2017

Twenty-eight years after the so-called velvet revolution, the overwhelming majority of the population has lost all confidence in the country’s bourgeois democratic institutions.

Czech government resigns amidst intensifying political crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2017

The coalition government fell half a year before scheduled parliamentary elections, in the face of mounting tensions between its component parties.

Czech president condemns Nazi demonstration in Kiev

By Markus Salzmann, 10 January 2015

Zemen said something was “wrong” with both Ukraine and the EU, which did not condemn the demonstration.

Right-wing protests against the Czech president

By Markus Salzmann, 22 November 2014

At celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution supporters of the Ukraine regime denounced President Zeman.

Czech government embarks on more austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2014

The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population.

Czech Republic: Social Democrats enter into coalition with right-wing billionaire’s party

By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2013

The Czech Social Democrats have formed a ruling coalition with the right-wing party of billionaire Andrej Babis.

Czech legislative elections result in new political impasse

By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2013

The elections last week exposed the deep gulf between the Czech population and the political elite.

Austerity government appointed in the Czech Republic

By Markus Salzmann, 17 July 2013

A transitional cabinet was sworn into office in the Czech Republic last Wednesday, four weeks after a corruption scandal led to the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Necas.

Czech prime minister’s resignation sparks power struggle

By Markus Salzmann, 22 June 2013

The resignation of the Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and the end of his center-right government have triggered a power struggle.

Czech president-elect calls for new parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 1 February 2013

The Czech Republic, long regarded as one of the more politically stable countries in Eastern Europe, faces increasing instability following the presidential election last Saturday.

Czech government survives no-confidence vote

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2012

Immediately after the vote of confidence, the government said it would uphold the aim of reducing the budget deficit below three percent, and would adopt further cost-cutting measures.

On the death of Václav Havel

By Peter Schwarz, 21 December 2011

Havel’s anti-communism, his arrogance towards working people and his unconditional support for the wars of NATO and the US made ​​him the darling of international politics and the media.

Right-wing demonstrations against Roma in the Czech Republic

By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2011

The Czech Civic Democratic Party is trying to suppress opposition to its austerity program by relying on far-right forces.

Persecution of Roma in the Czech Republic

By Markus Salzmann, 9 September 2011

In recent weeks, the Czech Republic has witnessed violent attacks on the Roma minority, sparked by clashes between Roma and young Czechs.

Czech public sector workers strike against austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 10 December 2010

More than 150,000 public sector workers took strike action in the Czech Republic on Wednesday to protest against the austerity measures of the government.

Czech government announces drastic economic measures

By Markus Salzmann, 19 July 2010

The new so-called “Coalition of Budget Responsibility” plans to implement the severest social cuts in the history of the Czech Republic.

Major Czech parties suffer massive election losses

By Markus Salzmann, 3 June 2010

The conservative Citizens Party (ODS) and the Social Democratic Party (CSSD) have suffered massive losses in recent parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic: Trade unions call off transport workers strike

By Markus Salzmann, 12 March 2010

The calling off of a strike by transport workers in the Czech Republic came precisely at the time of the general strike in Greece and when strikes and protests were being held in many other European cities.

Czech government ousted as economy flounders

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2009

The Czech government led by Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek narrowly lost a vote of confidence in parliament March 24 and the government coalition will be forced to step down.

Czech trade unions support mass redundancies in the auto industry

By Markus Salzmann, 29 November 2008

A wave of redundancies is sweeping the Czech auto industry and the biggest Czech trade unions are working hand in hand with company managements to implement dismissals.

Czech government in crisis following election debacles

By Markus Salzmann, 4 November 2008

Prior to taking over the presidency of the European Union, the Czech government has suffered a series of election defeats and is in deep crisis.

Eastern European economies face bankruptcy

By Niall Green, 23 October 2008

The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.