President Miloš Zeman said on Sunday that most refugees were not worthy of our compassion, because they were mostly healthy and well-off young men. In an interview for the tabloid Blesk on Sunday, the Czech head of state said most refugees were using children as a shield. He also said that he wasn′t against the idea of his predecessor Václav Klaus to hold a referendum on the EU quota on distribution of migrants. Mr Zeman has also repeatdely rejected the UN Human Rights Commissioner′s criticism of the Czech government for systematically violating the human rights of migrants.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who is on a two-day visit to Jordan, has held talks with his counterpart Abdullah Ensour and with the country′s King Abdullah II. During his meeting with Jordan′s king on Sunday, the Czech Prime Minister said the Czech Republic could donate the country over 100 million crowns to assist them dealing with the migration crisis. He said the Czech Republic could also provide medical assistance within the Medevac programme as well as military training. The political leaders have also discussed the recent escalating violence between Israel and Palestine. Mr Sobotka is also scheduled to visit the Zaatari refugee camp, housing 80,000 people, that the Czech Republic has helped to equip and finance.
The Czech interior and foreign affairs ministries have organised three convoys to help refugees stranded in the Balkan states. The first two trucks with humanitarian aid supplies, including heated tents, folding beds and blankets, arrived in Slovenia and Croatia over the course of Friday and Saturday. The last truck is set to depart from Prague to Macedonia's Tabanovce on Monday.
Nearly half of Czech drivers, 47 percent, use their mobile phones while driving, suggests a survey carried out by the transport ministry's Road Safety Department BESIP and SAZKAmobil organization. Over 90 percent of them use their phones for calling, some 50 percent use it as a navigation and 42 percent use it for sending text messages. According to BESIP experts, texting increases 23 times the chance of an accident. The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited in the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka arrived in Jordan's capital Amman on Saturday evening for a two-day official visit of the Middle East state. Mr Sobotka held talks with Czech ambassadors to Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon and he also met with Czech expatriates, and with Syrian students who are set to study in the Czech Republic. During his two-day visit to Jordan, Mr Sobotka is scheduled to visit the Zaatari refugee camp housing 80,000 people that the Czech Republic has helped equip and finance. He will also hold meetings with King Abdullah II and PM Abdullah Ensour.
Three-fifths of Czechs are dissatisfied with the country’s EU membership and would vote against it in a possible referendum, suggests a poll conducted by the STEM agency, which was released on Friday. It is the lowest public support for the EU that STEM has registered since the Czech Republic’s EU entry in May 2004. According to sociologists, the rising discontent is connected with the current migrant crisis and with Czechs' fear of refugees. At present, a mere 38 percent of people would vote for the EU entry, which is the lowest share so far. Satisfaction with the EU has considerably decreased even among secondary-school and university graduates, who have traditionally been in favour of EU membership.
Czech beach volleyball players Markéta Sluková and Barbora Hermannová claimed the gold medal at the World Tour Antalya Open on Saturday. In their fifth event and first final together, the Czech couple defeated Italy's Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth, 21-15 and 21-17. The Czechs teamed up only in August, after Markéta Sluková broke up with her partner of ten years, Kristýna Kolocová.
The Czech Republic is ready to offer over 100 million crowns to Jordan to assist the country in dealing with the current migration crisis, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday before leaving for Jordan's capital Amman on Saturday. He also said the Czech Republic can provide medical assistance and military training. During his two-day visit to Jordan, Mr Sobotka is set to visit a refugee camp housing 80,000 people in the Middle East state that the Czech Republic has helped equip and finance. He will also hold meetings with King Abdullah II and PM Abdullah Ensour. There are currently over 600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The Social Democrats insist on the resignation of the Olomouc regional governor Jiří Rozbořil, who faces charges of corruption. The party's broad leadership on Saturday called on Mr Rozbořil to resign. After meeting of the party's central executive committe on Saturday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that the appeal expressed the stance of the party as a whole. He has also recommended the regional Social Democratic Party branch to start looking for a new leader for the upcoming regional elections. Jiří Rozbořil, who is suspected of having solicited a bribe, has denied any wrongdoing but said he would no seek re-election.
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