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Romani local assembly member Karel Karika speaking during the demonstration calling for the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) on 4 June 2019. (PHOTO:  Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)
Romani local assembly member Karel Karika speaking during the demonstration calling for the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) on 4 June 2019. (PHOTO: Petr Zewlakk Vrabec)

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Czech PM says Government not satisfied with pace at which EU funds are being drawn

25.7.2018 17:22 The Czech Government is not satisfied with how much EU money the Czech state is drawing and must dedicate more attention to the process than has been paid so far. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of the Council for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Czech PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) made the announcement today.  full story

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Czech Justice Minister leaving politics because most of his fellow ANO members hold different opinions about human rights

16.4.2018 15:31 Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikán (ANO) will not be in the next Government and is ending his political career. News server Aktuálně.cz published an interview in which he made the announcement on 8 April.  full story

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Czech elections 2017: ANO wins big, SocDems down but not out, Pirates score gains as does hatemongering Okamura

22.10.2017 12:34 The hands-down winner of this year's elections to the Chamber of Deputies is the governing ANO movement of Andrej Babiš. Second place goes to the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) at 18 percentage points behind, the biggest discrepancy between the top two parties in the history of the Czech lower house.  full story

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Social housing law sparks dispute between ministers for ANO and Czech Social Democrats

10.1.2017 7:36 On 24 November 2016, the demolition of two dilapidated prefabricated apartment buildings at the Chanov housing estate in the Czech town of Most was begun in the presence of Czech Regional Development Minister Karla Šlechtová (ANO) (pictured above) and the Mayor of Most, Jan Paparega. The town is one of the successful applicants for subsidies from a program financing the demolition of decrepit buildings offered by the Regional Development Ministry.  full story

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Czech MP says Roma "don't go to work" and are "parasites on our social system"

14.9.2016 17:15 "A certain group of inhabitants doesn't go to work and are parasites on our social system, and if they are poorly integrated and in the majority [locally], then residents who are doing their best to uphold our standards and meet their work obligations are not absolutely understood by that group and are oppressed by them," Czech MP Radka Maxová (ANO) said during a discussion program broadcast by Czech Radio Plus on the evening of 12 September. The topic of the discussion was supposed to be the remarks made by Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, who heads the ANO movement, about the former concentration camp for Romani people at Lety by Písek and about the situation in socially excluded localities.  full story

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Czech MPs join platform against multiculturalism

31.7.2016 8:55 The Czech daily Právo reported on 29 July that Czech MP Zdeněk Soukup (ANO) has created a platform against multiculturalism. "Whoever identifies with our 10 commandments can become a member - if they can get over their fear. Some party secretariats view us with distrust," he told the paper.  full story

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Czech Republic: Ultranationalist Úsvit loses lead EP candidate to fraud scandal

Prague, 10.5.2014 17:23, (ROMEA) The attorney Klára Samková is no longer the lead candidate for the Úsvit (Dawn of Direct Democracy) movement in the EP elections in the Czech Republic. A source for the party has confirmed her removal.  full story

Czech EP candidate brought down by video of him singing Nazi anthem

Prague, 6.5.2014 19:39, (ROMEA) The political career of 23-year-old Milan Zavada has ended before it could even begin. The youth who has been running for the ANO movement of Czech Deputy Prime Minister Babiš in this year's EP elections has had his hopes dashed by an imprudent home video recording of him at a drunken party of adolescents.  full story

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