The pilot of the plane on which terror suspect Oussama Kassir was arrested by Czech police on Sunday says the detention was carried out in an amateurish and dangerous way. Speaking to Mlada fronta Dnes, pilot David Reimer said the plane had to sit on the runway for at least 15 minutes, during which time Mr Kassir could have posed a danger to fellow passengers. A police spokesperson said the arrest of the suspect was proof the operation had been a success.
Czech football star Tomas Rosicky looks set to join the Spanish club Athletico Madrid in the coming weeks, both Czech and Spanish newspapers have reported in recent days. Midfielder Rosicky, who is 25, is under contract at Germany's Borussia Dortmund until 2008 but the club may sell him for financial reasons.
Meanwhile, the Czech labour minister, Zdenek Skromach, says if other EU states do not lift restrictions on Czech workers, the government could consider introducing similar measures against Romania and Bulgaria, which are due to join the bloc in 2007. Of the "old" EU members, only the UK, Ireland and Sweden have opened their labour markets to workers from the states which joined last year.
Former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has appealed to Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek not to scrap existing coal mining limits in the north of the country in a bid to save miners' jobs. In an open letter, Mr Havel highlighted the fates of two villages threatened with destruction if limits set in 1991 are relaxed. A government decision on the issue is expected in the next few weeks.
The Czech prime minister, Jiri Paroubek, says he will keep fighting for more money for the Czech Republic during negotiations on the European Union's 2007-2013 budget in Brussels. Mr Paroubek said his main objection was that the budget proposed by Britain includes development fund calculations made on the basis of figures for Czech GDP growth which are below the current level of 5%. The prime minister said this could cost the Czech Republic up to 500 million euros.
Britain, the current EU president leading the budget talks on Wednesday tabled a new proposal, offering to restore some aid to the EU newcomers. Observers say however that the proposed 2.6 billion euro budget increase is unlikely to placate the newcomers who feel hard-done-by the steep budget cuts. Poland and Hungary have led dissent to the proposal, threatening to veto Britain's proposal unless aid funds are distributed in line with the EU solidarity principle.
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