- Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout has said those responsible for the atrocities in Syria should be brought before an international war crimes tribunal.
- President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for getting actively involved in campaigning for October’s general elections.
- Thousands of people joined the 13th annual walk against breast cancer in Prague on Sunday.
Czech Foreign Minister calling for international war crimes tribunal for Syria
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout has said those responsible for the atrocities in Syria should be brought before an international war crimes tribunal. In a debate on Czech public television minister Kohout said the use of chemical weapons against civilians was a crime against humanity which the international community could not ignore. He and his predecessor in office Karel Schwarzenberg agreed that a military strike against Syria now seemed inevitable, though the Czech Republic would prefer to see a political solution. The Czech embassy in Damascus, which now serves US and Slovak nationals as well, is to remain open for the time being.
President under fire for getting involved in campaigning
President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for getting actively involved in campaigning for October’s general elections. Social Democratic party leader Bohuslav Sobotka said in a televised debate on Sunday that it was unacceptable for the president to openly support his Citizens’ Rights Party-Zemanites on hundreds of billboards, allowing it to feed off his own election success. Meanwhile,TOP 09 deputy chair Miroslav Kalousek said Mr. Zeman had begun campaigning in the general elections when he appointed his close associates to the Rusnok cabinet and was now touring the regions to boost his party’s chances in the elections. Mr. Kalousek warned that the president was usurping more and more powers and was now the real leader of two left-wing parties on the Czech political scene – his own Zemanites and the Social Democrats, where he was gaining increasing influence.
Vaclav Klaus calls on Europe’s democrats to resist further integration
Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus has slammed a declaration by Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit urging young Europeans to hoist integration to a new level. In a petition published on his web page, Mr. Klaus warns that Europe’s radicals “both red and green” such as Mr. Cohn-Bendit are pushing for the final transformation of the EU, originally an international organisation, into a European super-state, designed to destroy the historical European states together with the concept of democracy that is indivisibly and inseparably associated with them. He warns against the creation of a European "melting-pot of nations" in the style of the old Soviet Union and calls on Europe’s democrats to wake up before it is too late.
Investigation into spying scandal to be concluded in October
The investigation of the spying scandal that brought down the centre-right government of Petr Nečas should be concluded in the course of October, according to police president Martin Červíček. Mr. Červíček said the case was taking time since there was a large amount of evidence to be analyzed that required assessments by independent experts. Several people have been charged with abuse of office in connection with the case, including the former prime minister’s chief of staff Jana Nagyova who secretly ordered the military intelligence service to shadow his wife. The former and current heads of the military intelligence service have likewise been charged.
Thousands join Prague walk against breast cancer
Over 30,000 people joined the 13 th annual walk against breast cancer in Prague on Sunday. The walk is to raise funds for research and increase awareness of the disease which kills 1,600 Czech women every year. One in eight Czech women develop breast cancer at some stage in their lives and doctors annually diagnose 6,000 cases. The Prague walks against breast cancer have a number of celebrity ambassadors and attract an increasing number of participants every year. They have so far raised 76 million crowns.
Police investigating theft of diamonds
Police are investigating the theft of diamonds worth half a million crowns from an exhibition of precious stones at the Letnany fairgrounds on Saturday. The stones on display were reportedly stolen by a female visitor who was filmed by one of the security cameras in the vicinity. The police have asked the public for help in identifying the woman.
Tennis-Czech duo win U.S. Open women's doubles title
The Czech duo Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká won the U.S. Open women's doubles title on Saturday with a 7-6(4) 6-1 6-4 win over Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. Hlaváčková and Hradecká, who upset Serena and Venus Williams in the semi-finals, overcame a swift start from the Australians and finished strongly to claim their second major doubles title following their 2011 French Open triumph. It was also a second title for Hlaváčková at this year's U.S. Open after she teamed up with Belarusian veteran Max Mirnyi to win the mixed doubles on Friday.
The start of the week should bring a cold spell with grey skies, rain and day temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees Celsius.