The Czech environment minister, Libor Ambrozek, has called on the German state of Saxony-Anhalt to remove by the end of April waste illegally exported to Libceves in north Bohemia. Otherwise, Mr Ambrozek said, the Czech authorities will pay for its removal and send them the bill. Firefighters were called out to deal with a blaze at a dump in Libceves at the weekend - the third fire there since February. Several cases of the illegal importing of German rubbish to the Czech Republic have been reported in recent months.
A record number of tourists came to the Czech Republic this year for the Easter weekend, according to tourism analyst Jaromir Beranek. He told the Czech Press Agency that up to 280,000 visitors were accommodated in the country over the weekend, representing an increase of up to a third on 2005. Mr Beranek said that was partly due to the coincidence of Easter with the last weekend of the skiing season.
English Premier League club Fulham are interested in signing the Czech footballer Rudolf Skacel in the summer, the internet site 4thegame.com reported. The player is contracted to Marseilles but has been on loan at Scotland's Hearts all season. He has been a big success at the club, scoring 16 goals in 31 league games.
Rudolf Slansky, a former diplomat and dissident, has died at the age of 71. He was expelled from the Communist Party following the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and later signed the Charter 77 protest document. From 1990 to 1996 he was Czechoslovak and then Czech ambassador to Moscow, where he had spent the war years as a boy. His father, also Rudolf Slansky, was executed in the 1950s after Czechoslovakia's most notorious show trial.
The Czech Republic have drawn Holland in the play-offs for a place in the elite world group in tennis's Davis Cup. Czech number one Radek Stepanek is unlikely to return to the Czech team for September's tie: he has had a falling out with team manager Cyril Suk, and says he will not represent the Czech Republic as long as Suk remains in charge.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus today signed a bill to facilitate bankruptcy proceedings, strengthen creditors and provide aid to companies in financial trouble. It should prevent commercial bankruptcies from leading to automatic liquidation, which could save jobs. The law has also introduced personal bankruptcies for individuals and allows insolvent people to clear debts without the necessity of property seizure. The authors of the bill say it is intended to alter how the country's previously inadequate bankruptcy laws are viewed in Europe.
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