Prime Minister Milos Zeman his reiterated his support for the creation of federal structures within the EU. Speaking at an international conference in Saint Wolfgang in Austria, Mr Zeman said that the European Union should not just be a free trade zone, but should have a united security and defence policy and should be federal in structure. At the conference, the Czech prime minister also met with his Croatian counterpart Stipe Mesic, and the two discussed the current situation in the Balkans, and ways to improve relations between Croats and Serbs.
Yugoslavia has announced plans to abolish visas for summer visitors from the European Union and a number of other countries, including the Czech Republic. For the duration of the tourist season, Czech nationals will be able to enter Yugoslavia without visas. Travelers will be issued a 30 day tourist pass at international border crossings into Yugoslavia.
Four armed men suspected of drug trafficking have been arrested in Prague. The four men, all aged between 20 and 28, have been charged with the production and distribution of two banned substances, ephedrine and pervitin. One of the four men is said to be a member of Prague's police force. The other three men are apparently body builders, with contacts amongst the Russian Mafia. Ephedrine can be used to produce pervitin, a home-made narcotic, and is also used in the production of illegal steroids for sportsmen.
Following the defeat of American company Anheuser Busch in a court case in Munich by rival company Budvar of Ceske Budejovice, representatives of the company say this have little impact on sales. The two companies have been battling for years over the brand name Budwesier. In 1999, the companies agreed to split the world's markets between them for use of their trademarks, but both have found it difficult to keep to the agreement. In the case in Munich, the court decided in favour of Budvar, saying that the Czech company alone has the right to the use the Budwesier trademark in Germany. Anheuser Busch intends to appeal the verdict.
And from the world of sport: Italian side Juventus are said to be close to completing the signing of Czech international midfielder Pavel Nedved from rival team Lazio. Pavel Nedved is said to have told an Italian radio station his mind was firmly made up in favour of Juventus. "With the team that's being assembled there we can win everything -even the Champions league" Nedved is quoted as saying. According to the CTK news agency Juventus are to pay close to 40 US million dollars for Nedved's transfer.
And finally, a quick look at the weather forecast. The lovely sunny weather that the Czech Republic has been having over the past few days could come to an abrupt end on Sunday, with rain showers and thunderstorms expected throughout the country. Daytime highs should reach 25 degrees Celsius. Night-time lows on Saturday could drop to 14 degrees Celsius. The weather on Monday and Tuesday is set to continue warm but wet.
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