Protests reignite in Ukraine

Protests reignite in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, April 7 (UPI) -- Protests reignited in Ukraine after pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
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Czech parliamentary election ends with no clear winner or coalition

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Social Democrats emerged from Czech elections with 20.5 percent of the vote Saturday, officials said, putting them in first place but with no clear mandate.

Czech artist gives president 33-foot middle finger

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Czech artist David Cerny expressed his disapproval of the country's president with a 33-foot-high sculpture of a hand flipping the bird at Prague Castle.
Palestinian Erekat angered at Czech embassy move proposal

Palestinian Erekat angered at Czech embassy move proposal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Czech President Milos Zeman of attempting to undermine the Middle East peace process.

Czech Chamber of Deputies votes to dissolve

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic's Chamber of Deputies approved a resolution Tuesday calling for its own dissolution, a step toward a likely October general election.

Czech prime minister agrees to stay until election

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The interim government of the Czech Republic was asked to remain in place until the next election after Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok resigned Tuesday.

Petr Necas set to resign as Czech prime minister amid scandal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 17 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced he would resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government.
Ambassador: Czech Republic and Chechnya two very different places

Ambassador: Czech Republic and Chechnya two very different places

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Many are confusing the Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe, with Chechnya, 2,000 miles away and part of the Russian Federation, an official says.

Zeman wins Czech presidential election

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman has won the Czech Republic's presidential election with 55 percent in a second round of polling, officials said.

Atlantic Eye: Darth Klaus's revisionist spin

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus would have you think he was an anti-communist warrior. He would have you think he ran subversive seminars against the ideology. Nothing fills his ego more than overstating his role. What Vaclav Klaus did best during communism was to keep his head low and connive after his convenience.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Czech PM offers Israel 'unwavering' support

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic's new Prime Minister Stanislav Gross has said the Israeli people have his country's "unwavering support".

Czech Senate refuses to endorse Benes

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 25 (UPI) -- The Czech Senate Thursday voted down a motion endorsing former President Eduard Benes, who sanctioned mass expulsions of Germans after World War II.

Czech PM urges solidarity on terrorism

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 3 (UPI) -- The argument that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter carried little weight with Czech Republic Prime Minister Milos Zeman, who warned Wednesday that the splitting of such hairs will only lead to the kind of appeasement that allowed the r

Czech PM urges no terror 'appeasement'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 3 (UPI) --
Milos Zeman
WAP99110810 - 08 NOVEMBER 1999 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: President Bill Clinton smiles during Secretary of State Madelline Albright's introduction of him before a speech at Georgetown University in Wasington, November 8. On the left is Milos Zeman, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. The President spoke on uniting Europe in peace on the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. jr/jr/Joel Rennich UPI

Miloš Zeman (Czech pronunciation:   ( listen); born September 28, 1944 in Kolín) is a well-known Czech politician. He was a member and leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party. Former speaker of the chamber of deputies (lower house of the Czech parliament) from 1996 until 1998, and the prime minister of the Czech Republic from 1998 until 2002. Frequent rival of Václav Klaus. He transformed a weak Czech Social Democratic Party into one of country's major parties along with the Civic Democratic Party.

His selection for replacement was Vladimír Špidla to replace him as next leader of the party. Zeman then retired and moved to live ordinary life in countryside (Vysočina Region). His nomination for Czech president failed six months later (to Václav Klaus) due to party disunity. Zeman became outspoken critic of his former political party leaders.

He is known for his sharp, even insulting, speeches and wit. The Czech Republic economy became stronger during his tenure as prime minister.

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