Andrej Babis

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Czech presidential candidate Jiri Drahos: said he would travel around the regions, where he will seek to quash criticism he is bland and lacks the common touch of his rival. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

The political temperature in the Czech Republic is rising ahead of a presidential election run-off and uncertainty over prospects for a new government(...)

Former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences and presidential candidate Jiri Drahos has a real chance of winning the January 26th-27th decider. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

A Eurosceptic, anti-immigration populist with close ties to Russia has won central Europe’s first big election battle of the year, but may yet lose hi(...)

Security staff of Czech president Milos Zeman (not in picture) detain a woman member of the Femen organisation after she confronted the president on Friday. Photograph:  Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Czechs have begun voting in a presidential election that is expected to deliver a tight finish between Eurosceptic, Russia-friendly incumbent Milos Z(...)

An election poster of Czech president Miloš Zeman. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The main challenger in this week’s Czech presidential elections has vowed to restore a liberal, pro-EU outlook to his country if he defeats Miloš Zema(...)

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis: faces allegations of illegally accessing some €2 million in EU funds. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The Czech parliament has unexpectedly postponed a confidence vote in the government of billionaire Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, who faces alleg(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: “It’s not even worth starting the [EU] process against Poland as there’s no chance to carry it through. Hungary will be there and form a road block they can’t get around,” he said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/EPA

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has warned the European Union that he will block any attempt to punish Warsaw over sweeping reforms that Brussel(...)

Tomio Okamura, the anti-Islam and Eurosceptic leader of the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which came fourth in parliamentary elections in October. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

With its foaming pints of beer, plates of pork and dumpling and walls covered with pictures of old Prague, Stare Casy is a typical Czech pub in the Go(...)

People wearing masks march across the medieval Charles Bridge to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Thousands of Czechs attended rallies and concerts on Friday to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that ended communist rule and to ple(...)

Presidential candidate Vaclav Havel waves to his supporters from a balcony in Prague in this December 19th, 1989 file photo. Havel, a dissident playwright who was jailed by the communists and then went on to lead the bloodless Velvet Revolution and become Czech president, died at 75 on December 18th, 2011. File photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Tens of thousands of Czechs are expected to rally in Prague and other cities on Friday to commemorate the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and to warn that pop(...)

ANO leader Andrej Babis  at Lany Castle after a meeting with Czech president Milos Zeman following the general election. Photograph: EPA/Martin Divisek

Walking round the streets of Prague city centre and its far-flung suburbs in the weeks before the recent elections, something struck me as strange but(...)

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