Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said that the Bavarian government’s views on immigration are a lot closer to that of the Czech Republic and Visegerad Four countries than that of most Western countries. Sobotka’s comments came during a visit to a Siemens plant at Amberg where he was accompanied by the Bavarian minister president, Horst Seehofer. Seehofer’s conservative CSU party has clashed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over her open handed immigration policy.
British screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan, best known for his films The Queen and The Last King of Scotland, will be among the guests of this year’s Febiofest international film festival, the organisers announced on Thursday. The Golden Globe owner will receive the Kristián Award for Contribution to Cinema. The 23rd edition of Febiofest will take place between March 17 and 25.
More than three quarters of the Vietnamese, three fifths of the Ukrainian and half the Russian nationals who live in the Czech Republic would like to acquire permanent residence in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs released on Wednesday. The foreigners cited security, health care and earnings among the major reasons why they want to settle in the country. They consider the lack of knowledge of the Czech language and their accent as well as the Czechs' reserved attitude to foreigners as the biggest barriers to their integration in the Czech society.
The Senate on Wednesday approved a “conscription” bill, which enables Czechs to voluntarily register in the military by asking to take part in a military exercise. The new legislation also enables members of the Army’s active reserves to take part in foreign missions. The government originally proposed compulsory drafting, but the idea was rejected by deputies. The legislation, which still needs to be signed by the president, should come into force in July.
Historians from the East Bohemian Museum in Pardubice on Wednesday presented a unique treasure consisting of silver coins from the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries that was discovered by archaeologists last autumn. The treasure, which has become part of the museum collections, contains more than 400 coins and over 300 coin fragments. According to the historian Petr Vorel, somebody hid them during the rule of Boleslaus II or Boleslaus III. The coins will now be now thoroughly analysed before going on display in autumn this year.
The Czech embassy in Damascus may become the exclusive distributor of EU humanitarian aid to Syrians based on a request made by EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini during her visit to Prague on Monday, the Czech News Agency has reported. Mrs. Mogherini has reportedly asked Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek to look into the possibilities of providing humanitarian aid in Syria where the Czech embassy is one of few EU diplomatic missions that are still operating.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for most parts of the Czech Republic, which will stay in place until Thursday morning. Weather experts have also warned against strong winds and snowdrifts. Heavy snowfall in the mountainous areas has already brought up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow and another 15 centimetres are expected to fall by Wednesday night.
The Czech government will support the call of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico for an extraordinary EU summit to tackle the growing influx of migrants across Europe's borders, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday, adding that he sees the proposal as an attempt to speed up the creation of a joint EU border force. The call came in reaction to the news about sexual assaults in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year's Eve. The coalition Christian Democratic Party has already expressed their support for a special meeting of EU leaders.
The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment which enables municipalities to regulate the use of Segways and requires drivers to clean their vehicles from snow and ice, in case it impairs their vision. The new legislation also requires pedestrians to wear reflective materials when walking on roads outside municipalities. The legislation will now have to be signed into law by the president.
Prague 6 will rent an apartment to one of the Syrian families, who were granted asylum in the Czech Republic in October last year, spokesman for the municipal authority Martin Churavý told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The Kurdish family comes from Afrin, near the town of Aleppo, and is currently staying in an asylum house in Ústí nad Labem. The Czech government has pledged to accept 1,500 migrants by the year 2017. Some 1,100 of them should come from Italy and Greece, which are facing the biggest influx of refugees. The remaining 400 will come from refugee camps in the Middle East.
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