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  • 26 February 2014
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    New VZ Director: and the winner will be?

    The Czech Republic is currently looking for a new Director of the Military Intelligence (VZ – Vojenské Zpravodajství) and several names are circulating as potential candidates.

  • 5 February 2014
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    Mr. Stropnický’s first steps: Economy first, international affairs out

    On 3rd February 2014, Martin Stropnický, the new Czech Defense Minister, introduced his team – although incomplete - of vice-ministers and advisers. He also mentioned his first priorities. What strikes immediately is the predominance given to the “economic” aspects and the disappearance of the International Affairs within the top management.

  • 29 January 2014
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    The Czech Republic has a new Defense Minister

    95 days after the Parliamentary elections, President Zeman has appointed the new Czech government led by Social-Democrat Bohuslav Sobotka. The new Defense Minister is Martin Stropnický, a well-known Czech actor who was also ambassador in Portugal and Italy or even Culture Minister. The current crucial question is how long Mr. Stropnický will need to get acquainted with the various topics that need an urgent decision: lease of Gripens, law about the professional soldiers...

  • 19 March 2013
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    Good Luck General!!

    Finally!!! Mr. Godot has arrived in Czech Republic. President Zeman officially appointed today a new Defense minister. It is General (retired) Vlastimil Picek, the current First Deputy Defense Minister and former CHoDS between 2007 and June 2012, whose name has been proposed on 18th March by the Prime Minister Petr Nečas.

  • 18 February 2013
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    Czech Defense minister: waiting for Godot

    Two months after the stormy dismissal of Ms. Peake, the Czech Republic is still looking for its Defense Minister. The Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who is currently assuming the responsibility of the ministry on an interim basis, promised a nomination after the Presidential elections of January 27th.

    However on 18th February the position is still vacant. What is the current situation?

  • 28 January 2013
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    New Czech President: what kind of changes in the Defense domain?

    On 26th January 2013, Mr. Miloš Zeman has been elected President of the Czech Republic with 54.8% of the votes expressed during this first direct voting. He will officially take over his new position on next 8th March for five years.

    But will this election of a new Commander in chief, according to the Czech Constitution, have an impact on the local defense orientations?

  • 21 December 2012
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    Karolina Peake: over and done in the blink of an eye

    191 hours, that is to say a little bit less than 8 full days: this is how long lasted Karolina Peake as Defense Minister thus becoming the record holder of the shortest ministerial mandate in the Czech Republic.

  • 14 December 2012
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    First decisions of Ms. Peake: the iron fist without the velvet glove

    On 13th December she dismissed General Picek, 1st deputy Minister of Defense in charge of international relations, Brigadier Bulant, Director of national Armament and František Šulc, the head of Minister Cabinet. The reason invoked is the “demilitarization” of positions which should be – according to Ms. Peake – held by civilians. This excuse looks passably fallacious because except Brigadier Bulant who is still an active officer, General Picek is retired and František Šulc is a civilian. So it appears that Ms. Peake has chosen political games rather than continuity.

  • 13 December 2012
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    Karolina Peake, new Czech Defense Minister

    Political negotiations lasted several days but finally the three parties forming the current governmental coalition (ODS, TOP09, LIDEM) came to an agreement on the names of the three new ministers who will enter in the government. President Klaus has nominated in the afternoon of 12th December 2012 Ms. Karolina Peake as new Defense Minister, Mr. Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS) as new Transport Minister and Mr. Petr Mlsna (close to LIDEM) as Minister without portfolio who will replace Ms. Peake as head of the Government Legislative Council.

  • 28 November 2012
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    Vondra leaves Defense Ministry

    On 28th November 2012, during press conference following the traditional weekly government meeting, Mr. Alexandr Vondra announced his resignation as Defense Minister which will be effective on next 7th December.

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