NEWS WATCH: Rightist Government Expected in Czech Republic

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 461px-Jiri_ParoubekBUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- Official results from the Czech Republic's general election indicate a left-leaning Social Democrats party narrowly won the country's general election. The Social Democrats received less votes than expected, prompting its leader to resign. Analysts say that despite the victory, the country appears headed to a center right government.

NEWS WATCH: Czechs, Slovaks Mark 20 Years of Bloodless Divorce

Listen to BosNewsLife News report via Voice of America CzechoslovakiaBosNewsLifeRadio By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife CZECHOSLOVAKIAPRAGUE/BRATISLAVA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Czechs and Slovaks have begun observing the 20th anniversary of the break up of Czechoslovakia into two independent states, amid concerns over economic differences.

Pope Benedict Urges Czechs to Rediscover Christian Roots

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_pope_prague_-czech_republic_26sep09_eng_2103PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Benedict XVI began a three day visit to the Czech Republic Saturday, September 26, with a call for the nation to rediscover its Christian roots. Forty years of communist rule in the country stifled religious activities and left the number of Catholics in decline and religious practice in general at historic lows.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic’s First Direct Presidential Poll With Unusual Candidates

Listen to BosNewsLife News via the Voice of America BosNewsLifeElection By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife JAN FISCHERPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Citizens in the Czech Republic are voting in the first direct presidential elections in their nation's 20-year history. Among the three favorite candidates is the man who wants to become Europe's first popularly elected Jewish head of state and one unusually colorful candidate

NEWS WATCH: Austria, Germany, Visegrad Group Condemn Belarus Crackdown

By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The Austrian and German chancellors and prime ministers of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland have condemned the arrests of dissidents in Belarus and say they support a travel ban and freeze of assets of Belarus officials.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic Marks ‘Velvet Revolution’ Anniversary Amid Political Turmoil

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_czechvelvetrevolutionhavel_17nov092PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people took to the streets of the Czech capital Prague on Tuesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the mass demonstrations that led to the collapse of communist rule in what was Czechoslovakia. But, the anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" has been overshadowed by concerns over political tensions in the Czech Republic.

NEWS WATCH: East Europe Officials Say US Backing Away from Missile Defense System

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_czech_jan_fischer_210_17sep091WARSAW/PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Poland and the Czech Republic are reacting to U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to scrap plans for a Europe-based missile defense system. Several officials in the region have warned that the move will improve Washington's relations with Moscow at the expense of other Eastern European allies.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Government Facing Challenge After Failed Energy Deal

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife at BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest ap_fischerklausczechgov_08may09BUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- The current European Union president, the Czech Republic, is under pressure to overcome failed talks with key former Soviet states on an energy deal. Negotiations on reducing Europe's dependency on Russian natural gas are one of several key challenges facing the Czech Republic's new government.