This section includes reports, analysis and opinion about elections, public participation and political parties.

Spotlight issue

2nd April 2017 / Politics / Social Responsibility

W. Stacey, AmChamCZ: Is it the end of the free market era?

That was the question four panelists, including myself, had to answer last week at the annual Free Market Roadshow. Although one speaker believed adamantly that all would be well, the other panelists hedged their bets. Including me.
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24th April 2017 / Politics / Elections

AmCham France: French Presidential Elections: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will compete in the final round, after a defeat of mainstream parties

Following yesterday's vote, Emmanuel Macron, who describes himself as liberal and centrist, came first (23,86%) and will face off against the runner-up, Marine Le Pen (21,43%) of the far right. This is the first time in the Fifth Republic that the candidates of France’s established parties (the Socialists and Republicans) have not reached the run-off, AmCham France comments.
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19th April 2017 / Politics / Employment and Social Affairs

President Trump orders review of U.S. visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country | U.S. Chamber of Commerce statement

The Trump Administration has issued a new Executive Order on government procurement and H1-8 visas, which will place stricter conditions on qualifications for foreign workers and review the effectiveness of "Buy American" provisions in public procurement.
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16th March 2017 / Politics / Elections

WEF/The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2016: Eastern Europe questions the benefits of democracy

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU’s) Democracy Index 2016 measures the state of democracy by rating electoral processes and pluralism, the state of civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture in more than 160 countries worldwide. The Czech Republic ranks 31st.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic