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Czech government battling opposition to US radar base

28-08-2007 16:05 | Daniela Lazarová

The possible stationing of a US radar base on Czech territory, as part of an expanded US missile defense system, is causing controversy both at home and abroad. Russia remains vehemently opposed to the plan, Austria has called it a provocation and villages in the area where it may be located are rallying against it.   More

Czech troops set out for hot Afghan soil

03-08-2007 16:08 | Jan Richter

Photo: www.army.cz The Czech Army has started rotating troops deployed as part of NATO's ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Medical staff for the Czech field hospital flew in Kabul at the end of July; they were followed on Friday by 91 troops of the 6th Rapid Deployment Brigade that will replace their colleagues in a reconstruction team in the north-east of the country.   More

New group wants "rockets not radars" - but are they serious?

06-03-2007 16:17 | Ian Willoughby

There has been a great deal of talk in the last couple of months about US plans to build part of its anti-missile defence shield - a radar - here in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek welcomes the idea, though the Czech government has yet to reach a decision on the issue. In the meantime, there have been a number of demonstrations against the radar base. Now, however, a new civic group has emerged with the title "we don't want radars, we want rockets". Is this some practical joke, or are they serious? That's a question I put to spokesman Martin Kotas.  More

Ambassador Richard Graber - radar station does not make Czechs military target

02-03-2007 16:03 | Rob Cameron

Photo: http://prague.usembassy.gov The head of the U.S. Missile Defence Agency was in Brussels this week to argue the case for placing part of its missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Lieutenant General Henry Obering said the U.S. would press ahead with the plan, with or without the approval of America's NATO allies. The Czech government has said yes in theory to hosting a radar station about 70 km from Prague, and the two sides are about to embark on detailed talks on what is becoming a highly divisive issue. We spoke to U.S. ambassador Richard Graber.  More

Former foreign minister caught discussing corruption around military contract on hidden camera

28-02-2007 15:48 | Dita Asiedu

Photo: www.army.cz There was a huge development in a scandal surrounding a large military contract on Tuesday, when Swedish TV broadcast secretly made recordings of former Czech foreign minister Jan Kavan. He says that Czech politicians took bribes linked to a deal to purchase Gripen supersonic jets from the British-Swedish consortium BAE Systems/Saab. In the end the Czech Republic leased rather than bought the planes, but the allegations remain. And suspicions of corruption have been fanned by Mr Kavan's implication that a Czech police investigation could be influenced.   More

War veterans protest "desecration" of military memorial

31-10-2006 14:19 | Pavla Horáková

National Memorial on Vitkov The National Memorial on Vitkov Hill in Prague is a structure hard to miss. It is a severe rectangular building with no windows, accompanied by a large statue of 15th-century Czech military commander Jan Zizka, astride his horse, as if keeping guard over the city. Built in the 1930s, the memorial was meant to house the remains of Czech soldiers who fought in foreign legions on the battlefields of the First World War. A recent commercial event in the - now scarcely used - building has prompted Czech war veteran associations to raise their voices in protest.   More

Proposed anti-terrorism centre raises issue of ineffective legislation

24-08-2006 15:35 | Linda Maštalíř

Earlier this week, Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan introduced plans for the Czech Republic to establish an anti-terrorism centre. Police and intelligence services have been advocating such a move for months, saying that there needs to be a centralized unit in this country working to fight terrorism. Such a centre would be charged with collecting and sorting information about terrorism-related issues, and communicating with partners abroad to ensure an effective exchange of information. Yet the idea hasn't been received with much enthusiasm from leading politicians. Jana Hybaskova, a Czech MEP, explains how she views the possibility of establishing an anti-terrorism centre in the Czech Republic, and what steps the country needs to take to fight terrorism effectively:   More

Czech Army sends fresh contingent to Iraq as violence escalates in country

14-03-2006 15:07 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK A ceremony took place at the National Memorial on Prague's Vitkov Hill on Tuesday as the latest Czech Army contingent - the tenth to date - prepared to leave for Iraq. The Czech soldiers, around a hundred in total, are stationed at a British base in Shaiba in the south of the country, where they have been training Iraqi police officers. As the soldiers bid goodbye to family and friends, I spoke to Major General Emil Pupis, director of the Czech Army's joint operations centre and deputy chief of staff; I began by asking him if many of the latest group had already served in Iraq.   More

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