Ukrainian crisis about Russian gas ambitions, Czech leader says

Ukrainian crisis about Russian gas ambitions, Czech leader says

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 14 (UPI) --Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said the row over Ukraine is part of an overall effort to get Gazprom's gas pipeline, South Stream, built.
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Berlusconi stops publication of photos

Berlusconi stops publication of photos

ROME, June 1 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has blocked publication of potentially embarrassing photographs taken at his villa in Sardinia.

Albania applies to join European Union

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 28 (UPI) -- Albania has formally applied to join the European Union, Prague Radio said Tuesday.

Czechs work on EU-South Korea free trade

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 22 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic's prime minister said the European Union and South Korea could conclude a free trade agreement by the end of June, Prague Radio reported.

Czech leaders agree on PM designate

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 6 (UPI) -- The Czech outgoing coalition and opposition leaders have agreed a 58-year-old economist will lead a caretaker Cabinet until October elections.

Czech vote dooms BMD defense against Iran

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The pro-American Czech government of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek fell Tuesday after being defeated in a vote of confidence in Parliament. That event may have sounded the death knell for U.S. plans to defend the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles armed with nuclear weapons.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Czech leader suffers no-confidence vote

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 25 (UPI) -- Czech Republic Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek lost a no-confidence vote, prompting the besieged leader to say he would resign.

Nabucco tops regional agenda

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Nabucco pipeline to Europe will top the agenda as the Czech prime minister, who currently heads the European Union, visits Caspian natural gas suppliers.

Kazakhstan will not sideline gas customers

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Kazakhstan needs to consider the demands from all of its potential energy customers, including Russia and the European Union, the Kazakh premier said.

Topolanek: Gazprom to monitor gas transits

MOSCOW, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said Saturday the Russian energy group Gazprom will begin monitoring gas transits through Ukraine.

Czech Republic, ESA sign space agreement

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 8 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says it has signed an agreement that will lead to the Czech Republic's accession to the ESA Convention.

BMD Watch: Polish PM holds out on BMD base

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- The Polish government is hanging tough in its negotiations with the United States about building an anti-ballistic missile interceptor base on its territory.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Watch: Japan plans BMD warning sats

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda belied his mild-manner low-key image Friday when he OK'd a new measure that would transform Japan's decades-old policy supporting the demilitarization of space.
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BMD Focus: West trumps East -- Part 2

BMD Focus: West trumps East -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- In the struggle over ABM defense bases in Central Europe, Washington finds Western Europe supports it while Poland and the Czech Republic are wavering.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

BMD Watch: SASC agrees to fund BMD bases

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's hard-driving determination to build anti-ballistic missile bases in Central Europe cleared another hurdle Thursday when the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate approved funding for the coming Fiscal year 2009 to construct them.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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Mirek Topolanek
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (4th R) reaches out his hand to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) during their joint news conference with (from R-L) Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Olmert's residence in Jerusalem on January 18, 2009. As an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas comes into place, as the European leaders met in Egypt before heading to Jerusalem to shore up a durable agreement, allowing Gaza to begin the rebuilding process. (UPI Photo/Uriel Sinai/Pool)

Mirek Topolánek (Czech pronunciation: ) (born 15 May 1956 in Vsetín, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is the former prime minister of the Czech Republic and President of the European Council. A member of the Civic Democratic Party, he has been chairman of the center-right party since November 2002, succeeding Václav Klaus, the current President of the Czech Republic.

On 24 March 2009, Topolánek announced his resignation, along with his Government, after it lost a no-confidence vote in the Czech Parliament. He remained in office until 8 May, at which point Jan Fischer took office as an independent Prime Minister leading an interim caretaker government.

Mirek Topolánek attended a military high school in Opava, where he became a Socialistic Union of Youth member which he claimed to be semi-obligatory for future officers. After finishing he studied at Brno University of Technology where he received an Ing. degree in mechanical engineering. In 1996 he won a scholarship for Training Course in Management of small and medium enterprise (MIM) in Cyprus and also attended a post-graduate Course in Corporate Management (Centre for Management Training, Čelákovice CZ).

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