Czech politicians, including former human rights minister Jiří
Dientsbier, have criticized president Miloš Zeman for his appearance at
the congress of the far-right Freedom anSeverald Direct Democracy Party on
On his Twitter account, Mr Dientsbier has described the president’s presence at the congress as "moral dirt". According to TOP09 chairman Jiří Pospíšil, the president is looking for support among extreme-right voters, which proves that he isn’t a pro-European politician.
The extradition proceedings of Czech fugitive businessman Radovan
Krejčíř in South Africa will continue in January next year. According to
the website IOL, Krejčíř told the court this week that, depending on the
outcome of the case, he was willing to form a plea bargain on two of his
local criminal cases.
The Czech crime boss is currently serving a 35-year-term in prison, after being found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing. He is currently accused of a series of other criminal charges, including murder. Krejčíř fled the Czech Republic in 2005 during a police search of his luxury home near Prague and later became one of the most notorious criminals in South Africa.
An avalanche warning is still in place in the Krkonoše mountains in north
of the Czech Republic. The grade two warning on a five-point scale was
issued on Tuesday.
Skiers and hikers have been cautioned not to stray from marked trails and follow weather reports. Some ten centimetres of fresh snow have fallen in the area over the past 48 hours and forecasters expect more snowfall in the days to come.
The new US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Stephen King, presented the
2017 Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award to Roma activist Čeněk
Růžička. According to the embassy, Mr Růžička received the award for
his tireless advocacy of Roma Holocaust victims and his decades-long
struggle for a dignified memorial on the site of the Lety concentration
The Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award was established in 2004 to recognize persons and institutions in the Czech Republic who have made exceptional and continuing contributions to the advancement of human rights. Previous award winners include the ombudswoman Anna Šabatová or head of Transparency International David Ondračka.
The legendary Czech rock band Olympic is set to mark 55 years of its existence with a special concert at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday. The group will be joined by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic – whose first LP Želva came out in 1968 –had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
Czech president Miloš Zeman delivered an opening speech at the congress of
the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party on Saturday, along with
party chairman Tomio Okamura. The Czech head of state said he agreed with
the party on most issues, with the exception of Czech exit from the EU. He
also reprimanded Mr Okamura for not supporting Czech foreign military
The president also thanked Mr Okamura for supporting Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and criticized the EU for allegedly supporting pro-Palestinian movements over the pro-Israeli ones.
At the end of the congress, the party is set announce the name of the presidential candidate who will receive their support. President Zeman, who himself is running for re-election, said he wasn’t attending the conference to receive support ahead of the presidential election next January.
Members of the proposed minority government led by Andrej Babiš have
continued to meet individually with the head of state, Miloš Zeman, ahead
of the government’s official naming next week.
Alena Schillerová, set to helm the Finance Ministry, told journalists priorities for her were to simplify the tax code and to balance the state budget.
Lubomír Metnar, a fellow member of ANO who is set to be the next Interior Minister, who also met with the president at Lány Chateau on Friday, stressed the aim of keeping the Czech Republic one of the safest countries.
The new government is to be named on December 13.
The countries of the Visegrad 4 – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech
Republic, are set to launch a joint program to boost security on Libya’s
borders to try and quell the number of migrants trying to flee the country
as well as to try and improve the situation for them at home.
Former prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed support for the project ahead of an EU summit which will be attended by his successor Andrej Babiš.
Czech financial daily Hospodářské noviny reported that 200 million crowns could be pledged by the Czech Republic towards security and aid. Money donated by the V4 would go to the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
So far, the Czech Republic has already provided funding worth 42.42 million crowns or 1.66 million euros.
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