Saturday, 24 February 2018
Politics | ČTK

Unsuccessful Czech presidential candidate Pavel Fischer, who finished third in the January election, will run for the Senate as an independent in the Prague 12 ward in autumn, Fischer told journalists on Thursday. Fischer said he was conducting talks on possible political support, but he did not want to be the candidate of a only one party. Fischer said next week he would start collecting signatures for his candidacy.

National | ČTK

Three fifths of Czechs believe that the country's military is unable to resist an attack, a current poll of the CVVM polling agency has shown.

National | ČTK

The abuse of old records of the Czechoslovak StB secret service should be condemned, a group of signatories of the Charter 77 dissident manifesto said on Thursday, reacting to the recent accusation that British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn collaborated with the StB.

National | ČTK

Czech senior government officials as well as President Miloš Zeman made xenophobic statements about refugees and migrants last year, the Amnesty International (AI) organisation claims in its latest report on the state of human rights in the world released on Thursday.

National | ČTK

Seventy Chinese Christian asylum seekers have been rejected, eight have been granted asylum and 14 have withdrawn their applications and left the country, Czech Interior Minister Lubomír Metnar told Thursday's issue of daily Právo.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague City Hall will buy 30 new ambulances this year. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans will be delivered to the emergency services by the end of the year. The ambulance equipment resembles a mobile intensive care unit.

Prague | Prague TV

City Hall has decided to prepare a legislative proposal to help solve the taxi situation. At the same time, the city will ask taxi drivers to give up on the idea of the next planned protest. The exact form of the legislative initiative and when it will be ready was not decided.

Politics | EurActiv/Reuters

The Czech centre-left Social Democrats opened talks on forming a government with last year's election winner ANO on Wednesday, aiming to break a deadlock that has prevented the formation of a majority coalition.

Politics | ČTK

Czech Mayors and Independents (STAN) found agreement in the programme with Prime Minister Andrej Babis's ANO, but still they insist on the condition that criminally prosecuted politicians must not be in the government, Jan Farsky, chairman of the STAN deputy group, told CTK on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Australian migration policy model may serve as an inspiration for Europe, Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) said after a joint meeting of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries' and Australia's diplomacy heads on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The title Righteous Among the Nations in memoriam for help for Jewish Holocaust victims will be given to Protestant priest Vaclav Cermak, whereby he will become the 117th Czech or Czechoslovak to receive it from Israel, Mahulena Cervena, from the Israeli embassy, told journalists on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Probation and Mediation Service assisted 7,907 crime victims in 2017, or about 1,500 more than in 2016, which shows that victims take an active part in criminal proceedings more often, its head Andrea Matouskova said on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Czech Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) improved last year only because a few anti-corruption laws took effect, such as the ones on political parties' financing, conflict of interest and the regulation of gambling, while the country stagnated in all remaining aspects, the TI has said.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Amid recent heightened talk about the possibilities a Czech exit from the European Union or a referendum about it, a survey of five Central Europe countries has sought to gauge how positive local populations are towards the European concept. The main takeaway headline from the survey appears to be that most Czechs are still positive towards Europe. In fact, 54% of Czechs would like to stay in, 34% would like to leave, and 12% couldn't say.

Politics | ČTK

A government of the ANO movement and Social Democrats (ČSSD) with the Communists' (KSČM) support is the only alternative brought to the table at present, PM in resignation and ANO chairman Andrej Babiš said after his talks with the ČSSD leaders on Wednesday.