News Ukraine says it wants an association agreement with the EU and stable relations with Russia

28-02-2014 18:36 | Daniela Lazarová

The foreign minister of Ukraine’s newly-formed government, Andriy Deshchytsya, has said his country wants and association agreement with the EU and stabile relations with Russia. Following a meeting with the Visegrad goup foreign ministers in Kiev on Friday, Mr. Deshchytsya said the new Ukrainian government was prepared to open talks with Russia on stabilizing bilateral relations and in particular finding a peaceful solution to the unraveling crisis in Crimea. The representatives of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland assured Kiev they would provide whatever assistance was within their means. Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said that in view of the situation in Crimea the most pressing issue now was to maintain the unity of the country. Meanwhile, the EU on Friday reiterated its offer of a free-trade pact with Ukraine, saying the country would see the economic benefits within weeks of signing the agreement.

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Meteorologists modify heatwave warning

27-08-2016 13:54 | Jan Velinger

Meteorologists have modified an earlier heatwave warning for this weekend when temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees Celsius in places. Earlier, they warned that all of the country would be affected. They have now made clear the most extreme temperatures will be limited to Bohemia, while temperatures in Moravia and Silesia should be roughly three to six degrees lower. The coming days were expected to be the longest hot stretch in the course of the entire summer with temperatures between 33 and 35 degrees. 

Tennis: Radwanska knocks defending champion Kvitová out of Connecticut Open

27-08-2016 13:45 | Jan Velinger

Petra Kvitová's run to clinch her third-straight title at the Connecticut Open was cut short in the semifinal by Polish tennis player Agnieszska Radwanska. The Czech, a bronze medal winner at this year's Olympic Games in Rio, lost easily in straight sets. The final score was a lopsided 1:6; 1:6. 

Broadcaster Czech TV marks third anniversary of children's channel 'D'

27-08-2016 13:07 | Jan Velinger

The management of public broadcaster Czech TV this week marked the third anniversary of its 'D' channel, which offers extensive programming for toddlers, older children and teens. On the occasion, the broadcaster confirmed that it had premiered more than 3,500 hours of original programmes for children since the end of August 2013. The head of the station, Petr Dvořák, said that the channel offered an environment where children felt safe. Czech TV is currently preparing new shows, including 39 episodes of the much-loved bumbling D-I-Y duo Pat and Mat. 

Prime Minister attends Bread Basket harvest festival in České Budějovice

27-08-2016 12:49 | Jan Velinger

Members of the government including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka kicked off festivities at the national harvest festival Bread Basket in České Budějovice on Saturday. On the occasion, the prime minister said the government would continue to push for a 'green fuel' excise tax rebate, which has already been approved in a first reading in the lower house. Mr Sobotka estimated the amendment could save farmers 900 million crowns. This week, the country' agriculture minister said he would push for meat by Czech producers to take up a larger percentage of supermarket shelves. 

Football: Key Plzeň players bound for Turkish league

27-08-2016 11:58 | Jan Velinger

Key players for football club Viktoria Plzeň Daniel Kolář and František Rajtoral, with the club since 2008 and 2009, have signed with Turkish side Gaziantepspor Kolář and Rajtoral, both 30, were part of a team which won four league titles and twice played in the first round of the Champions League. 

Firefighters get blaze at Barrandov under control

27-08-2016 11:40 | Jan Velinger

Firefighters got a fire which destroyed film sets at at Prague's Barrandov film studio under control at last at around 7 am on Saturday. The blaze, which broke out on Friday afternoon on a back lot of the studio, is estimated as having caused damage of around 100 million crowns. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. 

Sushi restaurant may be slapped huge fine for using fish caught in the Vltava River

26-08-2016 19:17 | Daniela Lazarová

A sushi restaurant in Prague may get a fine of up to 50 million crowns after it emerged that its employees were catching fish on the banks of the Vltava River to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen, the internet site reported on Friday. Sanitary norms do not allow this practice. The Veterinary Authority was alerted to the practice by locals and its inspectors found evidence to confirm the suspicion. The matter is being investigated. 

Czech premiere of war drama Anthropoid scheduled for September 28

26-08-2016 17:21 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech premiere of the Czech-British coproduction Anthropoid which recreates the daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists in 1942 has been scheduled for September 28th, on Czech Statehood Day, the ctk news agency reported. The movie, directed by Sean Ellis and starring Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Toby Jones had its world premiere at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July of this year. 

Bulgarian president to visit Czech Republic

26-08-2016 16:19 | Daniela Lazarová

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is expected to pay an official visit to the Czech Republic on September 5-6, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček announced on Friday. Following talks with President Zeman, the Bulgarian head of state is due to meet with Prime Minister Sobotka and the speakers of the lower and upper houses of Parliament. The main topics on the agenda will be European security and the migrant crisis. Ovčáček noted that in view of the fact that Bulgaria has a common border with Turkey the migrant crisis is a particularly sensitive issue in the country. Other topics on the agenda are mutual business and investment opportunities. 

Senator files complaint against gaming law

26-08-2016 16:06 | Daniela Lazarová

Civic Democratic Party Senator Veronika Vrecionová will file a complaint with the Constitutional Court over a law regulating the gaming business, which allows Finance Ministry employees to block web pages on suspicion that they are offering gaming online. The law was approved by the Senate in May of this year and signed by President Zeman in June. Senator Vrecionová, who has collected 21 signatures in the upper house in support of her complaint, says that rank-and-file ministry employees should not have the right to make such a decision and argues that the law opens the way to possible violations of freedom of speech. 


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