Czech Republic

In photos: Prague protests to demand Czech PM Andrej Babis resign

  People attend a rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on June 23.
People attend a rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis: Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

Pressure was building Monday on Andrej Babis, the billionaire prime minister of the Czech Republic, after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Prague to demand his resignation, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: Babis is facing a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, and the European Union is examining conflict of interest claims made against him, per the BBC. He denies the allegations, but it's triggered the largest demonstrations in the city since the fall of communism 30 years ago, per AP.

Scoop: EU statement opposing U.S. embassy move is blocked

A sign points the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: Sergey Orlov\TASS via Getty Images

Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania, in coordination with Israel, today blocked a joint EU statement criticizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli officials and European diplomats told me.

Behind the scenes: The initiative to publish the statement was led by France and several other EU member states. Israeli officials say the goal was to present to the U.S. a common position against the move by all 28 member states, and to embarrass and isolate the Trump administration ahead of Monday's ceremony.