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Ombudsman takes Czech visa issues to European Commission

28-08-2012 15:45 | Jaromír Pavlík

Czech ombudsman Pavel Varvařovský has officially complained to the European Commission about persisting problems with issuing Czech visas to citizens in some post- Soviet countries. The ombudsman says that many people applying for long-term visas at Czech embassies in Kiev, Astana and elsewhere have been unable to even book appointments there, and that talks with Czech government officials have not fixed the problem.  More

Czech embassy stays in Damascus as violence escalates

02-08-2012 16:09 | Jan Velinger

Maarat al-Numaan, Syria, photo: CTK The Czech Republic will provide consular services for the US in Syria, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday, after Poland, which had taken on that function until now, withdrew its diplomats recently. As the conflict between pro-government forces and anti-Assad rebels escalates, the Czechs are among the few who have retained their mission in Damascus.  More

Protesters call on Czech government to sever diplomatic ties with Syria

05-06-2012 17:13 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: CTK On Tuesday, protesters from the initiative “For a Free Syria” gathered in front of the Czech government’s headquarters. Demonstrators are demanding that the Czech Republic sever all diplomatic ties with Syria, as many other European nations have already done. However, it seems unlikely that the Foreign Ministry will take this step.  More

Prague conference explores role of culture in diplomacy

19-04-2012 15:22 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Robert Janás, Czech Foreign Ministry This Thursday saw the hosting of a Culture Plus event at Prague’s Černín Palace, co-organised by the Czech Foreign Ministry. On the table was the topic Culture & Diplomacy – namely how culture, including the arts, can be used to promote greater communication and understanding.  More

Government vows no cuts in this year’s foreign aid budget

16-04-2012 16:11 | Jan Richter

Photo: Christian Falvey The Czech Foreign Ministry has vowed that in spite of severe austerity measures, this year’s budget for the country’s foreign development aid will not suffer any cuts. The Czech Development Agency is planning to spend over 430 million crowns on development projects mainly in countries that have been earmarked as priority recipients, including Mongolia, Ethiopia, Moldova, Afghanistan, and others.  More

Czechs held in Zambia return home

03-01-2012 15:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Michal Vébr, Jiří Cetel, Jan Coufal, photo: Czech Television Three Czechs who were detained and charged with espionage in Zambia have returned home. They showed up unexpectedly at their doorsteps at the end of the year and have refused to disclose any information regarding the nature of their escape. The Czech Foreign Ministry which made an all out effort to secure their release through regular diplomatic channels has put an information embargo on the case.  More

Russian President Medvedev signs business contracts, opens exhibition at Prague Castle

08-12-2011 15:43 | Pavla Horáková

Václav Klaus, Dmitry Medvedev, photo: CTK More than a dozen important bilateral agreements and business deals were on the agenda of a two-day state visit to Prague by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his entourage. Bilateral relations were at the forefront of attention, but topics such as the eurozone’s debt crisis and the recent parliamentary elections in Russia were also addressed.  More

Russian President Medvedev in Prague

07-12-2011 16:36 | Christian Falvey

Dmitri Medvedev, photo: CTK Russian President Dmitri Medvedev arrives in Prague on Wednesday at the invitation of Czech President Václav Klaus. His short visit will entail primarily meetings with President Klaus, who is often noted for his warm attitude towards Russia, and later on Thursday with Prime Minister Petr Nečas. There is plenty on the table for discussion among Czech and Russian leaders, namely business deals and Russia’s bid for the tender to complete the Temelín nuclear power plant in South Bohemia. Many of the milestones in the last decade of Czech-Russian relations however have been negative, with years of debate over the abandoned American missile defence plan and a spy scandal two years ago. Christian Falvey spoke with Petr Kratochvíl, one of the heads of Prague’s Institute of International Relations and an expert on Russia, who he first asked where relations stand now.  More

Czech-US relations: like a 20-year-old marriage without sex, envoys say

11-10-2011 15:41 | Jan Richter

Michael Žantovský, William J. Cabaniss, Alexandr Vondra, Norman Eisen, photo: CTK In this edition of Czech history, we look at the development of Czech-American relations over the past two decades. Ever since the fall of the Iron Curtain, they have been the pivot of Czech foreign policy. But after the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution and the era of Washington’s fascination with Václav Havel, these relations today are like a 20-year old marriage with no sex – at least according to some current and former diplomats who appeared in Friday’s debate hosted by the Foreign Ministry.  More

US Ambassador to Prague Norman Eisen discusses 9/11 & the War on Terror

09-09-2011 16:52 | Jan Velinger, Martina Mašková

Ahead of the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, Czech Radio’s Martina Mašková interviewed the US Ambassador to Prague Norman Eisen. In the interview the ambassador is asked about Czech cooperation in the War on Terror, CIA renditions at Czech airports, and al Qaeda. Mr Eisen begins first though by discussing the attacks on that fateful September day, including where he was when the first plane hit.  More

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