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Czech soldier in Afghanistan decorated for bravery

15-02-2012 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

Michal Novotný, photo: Jana Růžičková, Czech Army A Czech soldier serving in Afghanistan’s southern province Logar has been awarded the United States Armed Forces Bronze Star Medal. Staff Sgt. Michal Novotný who is squad leader of the Prostějov reconnaissance unit was decorated for helping to save the life of an American soldier.  More

Constitutional Court defies EU with ruling on Czech-Slovak pensions

15-02-2012 16:18 | Christian Falvey

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday made a landmark ruling regarding the difference in pensions between the Czech and Slovak Republic. Cases exist where Czechs who worked in the other half of Czechoslovakia now receive the lower pension rate of the Slovak Republic. According to the new decision of the court, such citizens never worked in a foreign country and thus are entitled to compensatory payments to raise their pensions to Czech standards. Among the chaos this creates for the Social Affairs Ministry now is that fact that the ruling directly contradicts the European Court of Justice.  More

PM tells European-bound Czech exporters to look further afield

07-02-2012 17:10 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech government on Monday unveiled a new export strategy that is to help Czech exporters find new, fast-developing markets. The move aims to boost the country’s economic stability amidst concerns over the deepening debt crisis in the euro zone.  More

Defence minister wants Czech troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2014

24-01-2012 15:32 | Jan Richter

Photo: Czech Army Czech troops may stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2014. Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra, who is in the United States on a working visit, said he would ask the Czech Parliament to extend their mandate by another 24 months, as their current mandate will expire by the end of the year. However, the opposition has criticized Mr Vondra for announcing his plans without a prior debate in the lower house.  More

Shared destinies: Kissinger and Dienstbier meet in 1964

21-01-2012 02:01 | David Vaughan

Henry Kissinger The early 1960s saw dramatic developments in the Cold War, with the building of the Berlin Wall and then the brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis. But there were also signs of a greater pragmatism in East-West relations. One channel for dialogue was a series of international gatherings, where scholars and public figures discussed how to reduce the risk of armed conflict. These were known as the Pugwash Conferences, named after the town in Canada where the idea was first launched back in 1957. In September 1964, one such conference was held in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.  More

Czech Republic to grant asylum to Yulia Tymoshenko’s husband

06-01-2012 15:34 | Jan Richter

Oleksandr Tymoshenko, Yulia Tymoshenko, photo: CTK The Czech Republic will grant political asylum to Oleksandr Tymoshenko, the husband of the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Mr Tymoshenko reportedly filed his petition at the end of last year with the Czech Interior Ministry which is resolved to comply with the request, according to the foreign minister.  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

Police to probe Czech communist party leader’s condolences to North Korea

28-12-2011 16:11 | Jan Richter

Kim Jong-Il, photo: CTK The Czech police will investigate whether the Czech communist party leader broke the law when he sent condolences on the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. In his letter, Czech communist party chair Vojtěch Filip said, among other things, that the late North Korean dictator sacrificed himself for the well-being of his people.  More

Bureaucratic goof could cost country billions of crowns

28-12-2011 16:11 | Daniela Lazarová

What appears to be gross bureaucratic incompetence may cost the Czech Republic billions of crowns. The country’s belated bid to become a party in the ongoing criminal case against the former managers of the Czech mining firm Mostecká uhelná, involving billions of crowns now frozen in Swiss bank accounts - has been thrown out by a Swiss court, leaving the Czechs out in the cold.  More

Injured Libyans to receive treatment in Prague hospitals

13-12-2011 16:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Injured Libyans arrive at Prague's Kbely airport, photo: CTK A Czech military plane brought five injured Libyans to Prague for treatment on Monday night. All are in need of surgery which overcrowded hospitals in their homeland are unable to provide. An appeal from Libya for European countries to help treat their wounded has led to the Czech government extending its Medevac aid programme for children to adults with serious medical problems.  More

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