The Czech military police will deploy four specialists to Iraq to train
their local counterparts in Iraq next month, military police commander
Pavel Kříž told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. The four will join a
mission in which other Czech officers have been serving in the country
since last year.
Next year Czech military police also will be deployed to Lithuania, where they will take part in a mission aimed at boosting NATO’s eastern wing, Mr. Kříž said.
The main political parties in the Czech Republic are planning to step up
their campaigning in the coming weeks for October’s general elections,
the Czech News Agency reported.
The Social Democrats are set to launch the main phase of their campaign in all 14 Czech regions on Tuesday.
The Civic Democrats will make major presentations of their programmes two days later, as will ANO and the Mayors and Independents group.
The Communists will take their campaign to the next level on September 16, while both TOP 09 and the Christian Democrats are also planning large events for the post-holidays period.
President Miloš Zeman says the Czech Republic and Slovakia have
extraordinarily great and fraternal relations a quarter century after the
breakup of their joint state. Communicating through a spokesperson, Mr.
Zeman said the fact both states had joined the European Union had
contributed to their good relations today.
The Czech president said the split had in fact begun in 1990 with petty disputes over the name of the Czechoslovak state. He also said that in 1992 he had proposed an alternative to dissolution in the form of a loose “Czechoslovak union” under which both countries would have separate budgets.
MP Stanislav Huml on Friday became the first member of the lower house’s
Mandates and Immunity Committee to examine the police’s file against ANO
deputies Andrej Babiš and Jaroslav Faltýnek.
Mr. Huml told the daily Právo that he had been allowed to take notes while going through the 3,500-page document at a Prague police facility.
The other members of the committee have until Tuesday to familiarise themselves with the file.
The Chamber of Deputies is due to vote on whether to lift the parliamentary immunity of Mr. Babiš and Mr. Faltýnek on September 6.
The ANO deputies are accused of illegally acquiring around CZK 50 million in EU grants in connection with the Stork’s Nest farm and hotel.
At the time it was the property of Mr. Babiš’s firm Agrofert. However, the businessman turned politician denies any wrongdoing.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, says there are no two states in
Europe today that are closer than the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mr.
Sobotka made the comment on a Czech Television programme marking 25 years
since the signing of an agreement to dissolve Czechoslovakia.
For his part the Slovak premier, Robert Fico, described relations between the former federal states as excellent. Mr. Fico said the important thing was not what happened a quarter of a century ago but how European Union integration would proceed and what role the neighbouring states would play in it.
Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the signing of an agreement on the
breakup of the federal state of Czechoslovakia. The leader of the Czech
government, Václav Klaus, and his Slovak counterpart, Vladimír Mečiar,
put their signatures to the document at the Tugendhat Villa in Brno on 26
August 1992, six weeks after reaching agreement on the move at the same
The dissolution of the Czechoslovak state took effect on January 1 1993, when the Czech and Slovak republics simultaneously came into existence.
Czech Olympic gold winner in the Rio games, judoka Lukáš Krpálek, will
not be competing in the World Championships in Budapest due to a knee
injury. Krpálek strained a tendon in his knee while training in
The +100kg Czech judoka, who was considered one of the hot favourites in the upcoming championships, said he needed to give the injury time to heal.
Four companies are competing in a tender to operate the road toll on Czech
motorways after the present contract with the Austrian firm Kapsch expires
The firms in the running are Kapsch which is currently operating a microwave-based truck tolling system which has come under fire for excessive costs and disappointing returns to state coffers, Skytoll, which is operating a tolling system in neighbouring Slovakia,the German T-Systems International and National Toll Payment Services.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said he hopes for a change-of-guard at
Prague Castle following next year’s presidential elections.
In an interview for the Austrian daily Die Presse Mr. Sobotka said he believed President Zeman would not get re-elected for a second term in office because voters were now familiar with his style of leadership and had seen him in action.
A new president would vastly improve the political culture at Prague Castle, Mr. Sobotka told the daily. The Czech prime minister and president have a strained relationship and the president has on numerous occasions insulted and tried to publicly degrade the head of government.
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