Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has stressed the need to reform the European
Union and return power to national capitals.
In an interview for the Financial Times, Babiš said the principle should be that the EU does less and more efficiently. Over-regulation kills innovation and business, Babis argued.
The Czech prime minister also criticized the EU approach to migrant crisis, calling it “unworkable”. He said the EU should protect its borders better and establish “disembarkation platforms” outside of Europe for migrants rescued at sea.
We have to make a deal, as we did with Turkey, with north African states like Libya and Tunisia and help countries of migrant origin such as Syria in order to resolve this crisis, Babiš said.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is ready to discuss ways to tackle
illegal migration to Europe with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte and
will try to persuade him to accept the Czech stance, he told reporters in
the Senate on Wednesday.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent an open letter to his Czech counterpart, who refused to take any of the 450 migrants rescued by Italy at the weekend, inviting him to visit Rome and discuss the migration crisis with him in person. Babis called the Italian approach to immigration “a road to hell”, while Conte said it was “a road of legality and shared responsibility”.
Mr Babiš said he did not expect to change his view after a meeting with Conte. "He will not persuade me, but I will do my best to persuade him," he told reporters.
Persistent rain has swollen rivers and flooded houses in the
Moravia-Silesia region in northeast of the Czech Republic. Firefighters
were called out to dozens incidents on Wednesday and in the early hours of
The lowest, level-three flood warning remains in place on several rivers in the region. Heavy rain is set to continue in the Frýdek-Místek region until Friday morning.
The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued second-degree flood warning for the regions of Prague, Beroun and Pilsen, which will remain in place until Friday morning.
Four new ambassadors to the Czech Republic are set to present their
credentials to President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday.
The new diplomats include Argentinian ambassador Roberto Alejandro Salafia, Morocco’s Hanane Saadí and Patricio Alberto Pradel Elqueta of Chile and New Zealand’s ambassador Rupert Thomas Holborow, who will be stationed in Berlin.
After the ceremony at Prague Castle, the ambassadors can officially assume their office.
Police are investigating the cause of Tuesday’s collapse of a building in
the centre of Prague, which left a number of workers trapped inside. The
building on Mikulandská street, just off Národní, has been undergoing
Three people were freed from under the rubble after the building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. One of them suffered serious injuries and was put in a medically-induced coma.
The house was found structurally unstable and the street remains closed to the public following the incident.
President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday accepted the resignation tendered by
labour and social affairs minister Petr Krčál.
The newly appointed minister announced his resignation on Tuesday, only weeks after being appointed. The news came a day after reports that the Social Democrat politician had plagiarised a major part of his university thesis.
Mr. Krčál will be replaced by Jana Maláčová, a senior official at the Ministry of Labourand Social Affairs, who will be appointed to the post.
Czech customs officials discovered the body of a freshly killed tiger and
pelts of large felines during a raid at sites in Prague, central and north
Bohemia, which took place on Monday. Mutilated bodies of other animal
species were also found.
The news was announced on Wednesday in a joint press release by Czech
Police and the Customs Office. In connection with the raid, three men were
charged with unlawful treatment of protected wildlife.
According to Lidovky.cz, the police raided several sites including Sapa, the Vietnamese market place on the southern outskirts of Prague. The police suspect members of the Vietnamese community of having assisted in the illegal practice of selling special meals made of tiger bones, Lidovky.cz wrote.
Czech hockey player Tomáš Nosek has agreed to a new one-year deal with
NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights worth 962,500 US dollars.
In signing the deal, the 25-year-old forward avoids an arbitration hearing that was set for July 30. Last season, Nosek scored seven goals and eight assist in 67 games with the Golden Knights.
The newly-appointed justice minister Jan Kněžínek has been appointed the
head of the government’s Legislative Council, the government’s press
department said on Wednesday.
Charles University professor Kněžínek, who served as a deputy head of the Legislative Council, replaced Taťána Malá in the post of justice minister last week, following allegations that she plagiarised parts of her university thesis.
The Legislative Council serves as an advisory body for the government’s legislative work.
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