Archive for Politics

What Andrej Babis Dreams of: First-past-the-post Voting in the Czech Republic

PraguePig.com is reading “What I Dream of When I Happen to Sleep”, the English translation of Andrej Babis’s book “O cem snim, kdyz nahodou spim”, so you don’t have to.

Published shortly before last year’s (2017’s) election campaign, it’s a strange blend of “ee, weren’t it grand in the good old days” nostalgia and “here are a few Wired magazine articles I read recently” futurism.

Many of the bazillionaire businessman’s ideas are undeniably exciting — free superfast internet, anyone? — but his plans for the Czech political system are a little worrying.

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Reflex magazine can carry on calling Tomio Okamura “Pitomio”, court rules (“pitomec” = “idiot”) (Nova) [Facebook Post]

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Czech Elections Posters + Facebook Messenger Filters = Hilarity

Photo of a Czech politician with a cat on his head

All Photos: Scott Lee Hansen

If the current Czech general election campaign wasn’t absurd enough for you already, comedian Scott Lee Hansen has taken things up a notch or two.

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Pranksters use comments section of President Zeman’s transparent re-election campaign bank account to create Pikachu picture (iDNES.cz) [Facebook Post]

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“Transparent” Zeman re-election bank account attracts mainly 1-heller donations and abuse (Fio banka) [Facebook Post]

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Friday Quiz: Who’s this young go-getter? :-) (Photo via @TheStudentTimes) [Facebook Post]

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Interview: Prime Minister Sobotka pimps the Czech Republic as a film location in the Los Angeles Times [Facebook Post]

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Milos Zeman replaces Andrej Babis as “Czech Donald Trump”

A photo collage showing Donald Trump, Milos Zeman and Andrej Babis

The Donald, The Milos and The Andrej

Less than two months after Politico.eu named Andrej Babis the Donald Trump of the Czech Republic, The Conversation has anointed his successor: President Milos Zeman.

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The Televizni Noviny Drinking Game

Televizni Noviny

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Surprisingly for a country where (trade secret) nothing much happens, Nova’s Televizni noviny (TN) evening news programme is routinely the Czech Republic’s highest-rating TV show.

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Zdenek Skromach: An Apology

Wilfred Westwood and Zdenek Skromach (lookalikes)

Wilfred Westwood (not John Trunley) and Zdenek Skromach

In a recent Twitter post, PraguePig.com suggested that Czech politician Zdenek Skromach may be the reincarnation of John Trunley, the so-called “Fat Boy of Peckham”.

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