Thursday, 23 March 2017
Czech Republic and the EU | Daily Mail/Reuters

Freedom of movement could push the European Union towards a break-up if it remains unchecked, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek was quoted as saying on Monday, citing the example of Britain's pending divorce from the bloc. The Czech Republic has been a strong defender of the EU's fundamental freedoms, including the right of citizens to live and work in other member states. But speaking to Hospodářské noviny, Zaorálek hinted that curbs on freedom of movement might be needed to bolster support for the EU.

National | Radio Prague

Arrangements are being made for the funeral of Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, who died on Saturday.

National | ČTK

Most Czechs are of the view that migration and terrorism are the main problems of the EU, having the most negative attitude to migrants from all EU countries, according to a poll conducted by the Eurobarometer last November and released on Monday.

National | ČTK

Social Democrat (ČSSD) MEP Miroslav Poche was appointed head of the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the forthcoming election in Gambia as the first Czech MEP to hold the post, Poche said in a press release on Monday.

Prague | Prague TV

There are more delays with opening the underground parking near the Blanka tunnel and Prague Castle. The parking has long been promised to residents of Prague 6 and 7, who face a shortage of parking spaces.

National | ČTK

All Czech contracts for the removal of the remaining environmental damage will be signed within 12 years and their total price should be 30 billion crowns, even though the state guarantees provided for their removal are 101 billion crowns, Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Monday.

National | ČTK

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has said he backs the EU and free movement of people, but that economic inequality between states that weakens trust in the EU must be dealt with, in reaction to how Monday's issue of Hospodarske noviny (HN) presented an interview with him.

National | ČTK

Jaroslav Holik, Czech MP from the minor opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party, who reportedly attended a celebration of the 3rd anniversary of the Russian occupation of Crimea, was banned from entering Ukraine for five years on Monday.

National | ČTK

Czech President Milos Zeman will not attend the funeral of former Prague Archbishop Miloslav Vlk and he will send a wreath instead, his spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has said, adding that Zeman is no hypocrite and the sending of a wreath is a sufficient expression of respect.

National | ČTK

Czechs nominated textile blueprint for the Intangible Culture UNESCO heritage list along with Slovaks, Austrians, Hungarians and Germans on Monday, Culture Minister Daniel Herman has tweeted.

National | ČTK

The Czech police accused influential lobbyist Roman Janousek of money laundering related to Chambon, a firm providing blood tests, according to information that CTK received on Monday.

National | ČTK

A military convoy of 125 vehicles and 550 U.S. and British troops will cross the Czech Republic next weekend, driving from Germany to Poland where they will operate within NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, the Czech General Staff told CTK on Monday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The number of EU directives that the Czech Republic has failed to transpose to its legal order roughly doubled to about 20 in 2016, according to a government report which the Senate will discuss and which CTK has at its disposal.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech government Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and the opposition Mayors and Independents (STAN) will play an important role in the formation of a new cabinet if they enter the Chamber of Deputies after the October general election, political analysts told CTK on Monday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Pirates want to win 10% of the vote in the autumn general election, said Ivan Bartoš who defended the post of the party's leader at its national conference on Saturday.