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Czech political crisis leaves populist billionaire confronting potential rainbow coalition

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2017

The ruling CSSD was the clear loser from the recent political crisis, according to a new poll, while its coalition partner Ano expanded its lead to close to 20 points.

EU opens probe over Slovak aid for JLR car plant

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2017

Slovakia offered the maximum permitted incentives of €125mn to Jaguar Land Rover to win the €1.4bn investment.

MEPs call for Article 7 to be triggered against Hungary

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2017

European Parliament says the rule of law and democracy have seriously deteriorated in Hungary, while the European Commission gives Budapest two months to respond to concerns over its asylum legislation.

Czech finance minister prepares for sacking as political crisis heads for new phase

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2017

Billionaire Ano leader Andrej Babis accepts inevitable to minimise damage after prime minister rallies ruling Social Democrats.

Czechs protest against president's alliance with billionaire minister

bne IntelliNews May 11, 2017

Protesters are angry that President Milos Zeman and Ano leader Andrej Babis appear to be working in tandem and ignoring the constitution.

Czech cabinet crisis left to fester as president heads to China

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2017

President Milos Zeman refuses to sack Finance Minister Andrej Babis but says he is ready to accept Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's resignation.

Hungarian MOL ready to sell INA stake to Croatian government

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 8, 2017

MOL vice chairman says Hungarian company willing to exit INA investment after years of strife with Croatian government.

Mud flies as Czech election campaign launches

Tim Gosling in Prague May 5, 2017

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka delays cabinet's resignation until middle of the month after signs that President Milos Zeman wants government to continue but without him.

Czech premier brings down coalition as election tensions rise

bne IntelliNews May 2, 2017

Social Democrats target Ano leader's murky finances to try to close opinion poll gap.

Hungary’s Orban backs down as EPP finally takes him to task

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2017

Fidesz leader promises centre-right bloc that he will fulfil EU demands to keep Central European University open.

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