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Europe's far-right leaders hail 'historic' Austrian govt deal

Prague - Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders on Saturday hailed as "historic" the government coalition deal struck by their Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) peer with the conservatives.

Le Pen, Wilders to meet European far-right leaders amid protests

Prague - Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders will gather for a controversial conference in Prague on Saturday held under tight security amid protests planned to counter groups spreading xenophobia.

Czech mogul faces tough sell on minority government

Prague - The Czech president on Wednesday named a minority government led by Andrej Babis, a billionaire populist facing fraud charges who is struggling to win a confidence vote in parliament next month.

EU sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas

Brussels - The EU took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the bloc's top court Thursday over their refusal to accept quotas for asylum-seekers, setting up a new clash between Brussels and key eastern states.

Czech government resigns to give way to mogul

Prague - The centre-left Czech cabinet in office since 2014 stepped down Wednesday, giving way to a new government led by a billionaire mogul who won last month's general election.

Czech govt buys controversial pig farm at former Nazi camp

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday said it had bought a controversial pig farm located on the site of a former Nazi camp for Roma people, paying millions of euros for the right to shut it down.

Czech mogul loyalist elected parliament speaker

Prague - A Czech lawmaker from billionaire Andrej Babis's populist ANO party, which won elections last month, was on Wednesday elected speaker of parliament, an important post in the government formation process.

Court finds Czech 'femme fatale' guilty in spy scandal

Prague - A Czech court on Wednesday found the former mistress of the country's ex-prime minister guilty of illegally deploying military intelligence officers to spy on his then wife, in a scandal that saw Petr Necas resign in 2013.

Czech president urges EU to end Russia sanctions

Sochi - Czech President Milos Zeman on Tuesday called for an end to EU sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis, as well as the retaliatory measures introduced by Moscow.

Czech mogul faces parliament amid tough government talks

Prague - Billionaire Andrej Babis sought support on Monday for his controversial bid to become Czech prime minister as parliament met for the first time after his populist ANO party won elections last month.

Prague zoo fetes health of rare Malayan tiger cubs

Prague - The Prague zoo on Tuesday celebrated the health of two rare Malayan tiger cubs -- a male and a female -- born there six weeks ago.

Deadline to enter Czech presidential race passes

Prague - A former Czech prime minister and an ex-head of the Academy of Sciences are seen as the main rivals to incumbent Milos Zeman in the January presidential vote, after the deadline for candidacy passed Tuesday.

Czech leader taps tycoon to form new government

Prague - The Czech president on Tuesday formally asked billionaire Andrej Babis to form the EU country's next government, after the controversial leader of the populist ANO (Yes) movement already vowed to go it alone in a minority administration.

Czech tycoon to form minority cabinet with experts

Prague - Billionaire Andrej Babis, whose populist ANO movement won the Czech general election, said Friday he would form a minority cabinet boosted by experts from outside the party -- after being snubbed by all potential coalition partners.

PM calls Slovakia 'pro-European island' after Czech result

Bratislava - Slovakia remains "a pro-European island", said leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico following the election victory of a eurosceptic billionaire in neighbouring Czech Republic at the weekend.

Czech tycoon in tough coalition talks after poll win

Prague - Populist billionaire Andrej Babis held difficult coalition talks on Monday despite his weekend election win, as potential partners appeared loath to form a government with the "Czech Trump".

President to tap 'Czech Trump' for PM after vote win

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman said Sunday he would ask billionaire Andrej Babis to form the next government, a day after his populist ANO movement cruised to victory in the general election.

Populist billionaire Andrej Babis wins Czech vote

Prague - He may be facing charges over alleged EU subsidy fraud, but billionaire businessman Andrej Babis has won the support of voters in the Czech general election by pushing his trademark anti-corruption and anti-euro ticket.

'Czech Trump' clinches election victory, eurosceptics boosted

Prague - With voters upset over traditional parties and orders from Brussels, billionaire populist Andrej Babis, dubbed the "Czech Trump", clinched victory in the Czech Republic's election on Saturday, while eurosceptics and an anti-Islam group backed by France...

'Czech Trump' poised for win as bitter voters go to polls

Prague - Upset with traditional parties and orders from Brussels, Czech voters were set to hand victory to a billionaire populist dubbed the "Czech Trump" and boost anti-EU parties in a crucial two-day election that kicked off Friday.

'Czech Trump' poised to win vote that risks chaos

Prague - A billionaire populist dubbed the "Czech Trump" looked poised to win the country's two-day general election which starts Friday, as polls suggest anti-EU parties could make gains that analysts warn could plunge the country into chaos.

Four leaders likely to make a splash in Czech vote

Prague - A populist billionaire who is tipped to win, his Social Democrat rival and two leaders of anti-system parties will be in the spotlight this weekend as the Czech Republic's general election gets underway.

Andrej Babis: Indicted billionaire tipped to win Czech vote

Prague - He may be facing charges over alleged EU subsidy fraud, but billionaire businessman Andrej Babis still appears poised to win this weekend's Czech general election pushing his trademark anti-corruption and anti-euro ticket.

'Czech Trump' fans eurosceptism two days before vote

Prague - A billionaire populist known as the "Czech Trump" wooed eurosceptic voters on Wednesday with promises of a "fair" deal from Europe if he wins this week's general election as expected.

Writer Margaret Atwood gets 2017 Kafka award

Prague - Canadian poet, critic and novelist Margaret Atwood received this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize at a ceremony in Prague on Tuesday, which honoured the lifetime achievements of "The Handmaid's Tale" author.

Populists set to thrash traditional parties in Czech vote

Prague - The Czech populist movement, ANO, led by a billionaire dubbed as the "Czech Trump", is the clear favourite in a general election on Friday and Saturday where the traditional parties are set to take a thrashing.

'Ball in EU's court' as Boris Johnson gets ping-pong present

Prague - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday received a toy table-tennis set from his Czech counterpart, a gift intended as a reflection of his country's back-and-forth talks with the EU.

Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attack

Stare Mesto - A Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 33 kilos (72 pounds) of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo.

Bringing to heel Czech 'puppy mills' headed west

Prague - Crammed mercilessly into vans and car boots, tens of thousands of illegally bred dogs, many ill or still puppies, are smuggled each year out of the Czech Republic for sale on western Europe's lucrative black market.

Czech lawmakers strip billionaire PM contender of immunity

Prague - Czech lawmakers stripped billionaire Andrej Babis of his parliamentary immunity on Wednesday after allegations of EU funding fraud emerged against the populist leader tipped to win October's general election.
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