Information campaigns should be held in states from which the most migrants leave for Europe in order to prevent their number growing further, says the Czech minister of foreign affairs. Lubomír Zaorálek made the comment at a gathering in Prague on Tuesday of Czech ambassadors from 22 countries affected by the migration crisis. Mr. Zaorálek said his officials had been informed by diplomats that reports were spreading in migrants’ countries of origin that Europe could absorb up to three million refugees.
The group Bloc Against Islam is planning a demonstration in support of President Miloš Zeman at Prague’s Albertov on November 17, a state holiday. Exactly a year previously people whistled and threw missiles at the head of state in the same spot in protest at his bad language in a radio interview and views on foreign affairs. Mr. Zeman’s spokesman said the president would lay a wreath commemorating the November 17 events of 1939 and 1989 and would not himself demonstrate against Islam. However, he has nothing against citizens meeting at Albertov as “we live in a free society,” said the spokesman.
The Czech Republic will insist that the principle of the free movement of people within the European Union be maintained, the country’s prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, said on Tuesday. He was reacting to proposals from his UK counterpart David Cameron to reform the bloc. Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš made a similar statement, describing Mr. Cameron’s ideas as unacceptable. The Czech state secretary for European affairs, Tomáš Prouza, said that Prague supported that which moved the EU forward and could not support that which divided it.
The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of a Cameroonian man who said he had been treated in a humiliating manner by the Czech police. In trying to expel the man from the country, officers used tear gas and handcuffs on him and transported him around the airport on a luggage cart. The police’s internal affairs unit had previously found that the treatment had not been unjustified; it has been ordered to reconsider the matter. The court said the man had not been informed of the exact date of his flight, which had evidently led him to employ passive resistance.
The coalition of ANO, the Social Democrats and the Four Coalition governing Prague has definitively collapsed, the Social Democrats said on Tuesday. The party’s councillor Karel Březina said the split had occurred as the Social Democrats had lost faith in the Three Coalition after it voted against a policy agreed in the coalition deal. Since four of Prague’s 11 councillors were voted out last month the three groupings had been holding talks on the future. The Three Coalition includes the Green Party, the Christian Democrats and the Mayors group.
Record-breaking high temperatures were registered at the majority of weather stations in the Czech Republic on Tuesday morning, according to information released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The highest temperature – 14.6 degrees Celsius – was recorded in Tuhaň in Central Bohemia. Forecasters expect the unseasonably mild weather to continue in the coming days.
The Czech energy giant CEZ has reported a net profit of CZK 16.6 billion for the first nine months of this year, a fall of CZK 3 billion on the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, CEZ’s revenues increased by CZK 3.5 billion to CZK 150.6 billion in the first three quarters, according to a press release issued by the semi-state company on Tuesday. The main causes of the fall in profits were a drop in electricity prices and lower output.
The Czech national football team has unveiled a new kit for Euro 2016. The home strip is meant to evoke Czechoslovak success in 1976 in Belgrade, where the Czechs won the European Championship final on penalties against West Germany. The away kit is reminiscent of 1996, when the Czech Republic came second in the European Championship, iDnes reported.
The town of Kroměříž on Monday unveiled a plaque in honour of Kroměříž-born airmen who volunteered and fought in the RAF during World War II. The pilots Svatopluk and Zdeněk Bachůrek, gunners Miloslav Eugen Mikulík and Karel Valach, and RAF ground crew member Ladislav Ševčík are those honoured. The ceremony was attended by town and army officials, relatives, WWII veterans, and local residents and saw a flyby by two JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets.
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