The Russian embassy in Prague has asked Czech police to protect one of its diplomats who local media say was involved in an alleged plot to poison politicians in the city. The politicians, who have angered Russia with various decisions in recent months, are themselves now under police guard.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in Prague this weekend, in a major anti-government demonstration on Saturday and events to commemorate the Velvet Revolution on Sunday. Many Czechs see today’s leaders as an affront to the legacy of Václav Havel and 1989.
Sixteen European Union countries have called for the bloc’s next budget to maintain current levels of financial aid to less affluent member states and to give them more flexibility in how they spend these so-called cohesion funds. Representatives of the eastern and southern European states, including several prime ministers, met in Prague on Tuesday to align their positions ahead of what are likely to be fractious talks on the EU’s spending plans for 2021-2027.
Thousands of Czechs have protested against their prime minister, Andrej Babiš, and urged him to resign over a string of scandals, including claims from his son that he was forced to leave the country to avoid questioning in a fraud case.
Czechs have lambasted their current leaders on the 50th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, when the Red Army crushed hopes for liberal reform that had flourished during the “Prague Spring” of 1968.
To the Kremlin’s delight, a populist who peddles scare stories about refugees has won re-election
The Czech Republic is an open, liberal democracy at the heart of Europe that embraces inward migration in line with the rule of law. I reject the assertion that migrants are unwelcome in the Czech Republic.
Petra Kvitova powered into her second Wimbledon final just two weeks after a hamstring injury cast doubt on her involvement. The 2011 champion saw off Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova in straight sets to reach her second grand slam final.