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  • 17 April 2014
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    15 ans dans l’OTAN : Point de vue d’un Français sur la défense tchèque

    Il y a peu – le 12 mars 2014 – la République tchèque fêtait le 15ème anniversaire de son entrée dans l’OTAN. Cependant, le vrai processus tchèque d’intégration dans l’Alliance atlantique débuta bien avant, en mars 1994, quand Vaclav Klaus, le Premier ministre de l’époque, signa le document d’adhésion au Partenariat pour la Paix. Avec enthousiasme, la République tchèque s’engageait ainsi à progressivement préparer ses forces à l’intégration dans une Alliance déjà vieille de 45 ans.

  • 14 March 2013
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    The Czech Republic: one of the major contributors to EUTM Mali

    On 13th March 2013, the Czech Senate massively voted in favor of the deployment of 50 soldiers for 15 months amongst the European training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). The first contingent should leave in a few days to Bamako. This is a major reorientation of the Czech policy towards European operations.

  • 7 March 2013
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    Cyber panic on the Czech Republic

    For four days now, the Czech Republic is facing cyber-attacks from unknown aggressors. The police and the Czech National Security Authority (NBÚ) are investigating but no concrete result is going out for the time being.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 9 November 2012
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    Czech Commanders’ Conference 2012: the end of an era?

    As it is the case every year at the same period, high ranking officials of the Czech Ministry of Defense met on 8th November with Vaclav Klaus, President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Alexandr Vondra, Defense Minister and General Petr Pavel, Chief of Defense Staff.