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Hungary’s anti-immigrant fence widely condemned

Four-meter tall 175-kilometer-long fence with Serbia has been proposed The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Cécile Pouilly has joined voices condemning Hungary’s announced plan to build a fence to keep out refugees entering the country. Hungarian officials said on June 17 that the country plans to build a wall along the 175 km border… Keep Reading

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Czech Communist MEP to visit Crimea

Miloslav Ransdorf blames the United States for the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict Prague, June 17 (ČTK) — Czech MEP Miloslav Ransdorf (Communists, KSČM) is to visit Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014, daily Lidové noviny (LN) writes today. It adds that Ransdorf has been invited to Crimea by the Format-a3 international media club… Keep Reading

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Fact sheet: Stronger data protection rules for Europe

Changes to data protection are currently working their way through the EU process The EU press office released the following fact sheet to explain the pending changes to data protection rules: Luxembourg, June 15, 2015 — More than 90 percent of Europeans are concerned about mobile apps collecting their data without their consent. Today, an… Keep Reading

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EU official: ‘Don’t demonize TTIP’

Some positive benefits seen in EU–US trade deal, but final form is still far away Several EU experts said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was nothing to fear and that key protections for health and environment enjoyed by European citizens would be preserved. Speaking at Green Week 2015 in Brussels, Karl Falkenberg,… Keep Reading

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Czech regions also oppose EU refugee quotas

EU proposal would have more than 1,300 refugees sent to the Czech Republic Kamenice, near Prague, May 28 (ČTK) — The Czech self-governing regions support the government’s disagreement with the EC-proposed refugee quotas, Michal Hašek, the Association of Regions chairman, said after meeting Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (both Social Democrats, ČSSD) today. The Czech Republic… Keep Reading

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Sprayers of Communist hard-liners’ bust facing charges

Two artists could spend a year in jail if convicted of defacing image of controversial figure Prague, May 2 (ČTK) — The Slovak police have leveled charges against two artists, Peter Kalmus and Ľuboš Lorenz, who sprayed red the memorial to Communist ideologist Vasil Biľak in his native village Krajná Bystrá, eastern Slovakia, in February,… Keep Reading

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Visegrad Group countries want common airspace

Czech defense minister calls it a crucial project; laws and technology need to be harmonized Tomášov, Slovakia, April 23 (ČTK) — Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic want to form common protection of their skies, the defense ministers of the four countries associated within the Visegrad Group (V4) agreed today. “We have prepared the… Keep Reading

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Zeman: Russia ‘unlikely’ to attack Baltics

Czech president, who will visit Moscow in May, says his Russian counterpart is ‘not suicidal’ Prague, April 21 (ČTK) — Russia is unlikely to attack the Baltic countries, because President Vladimir Putin “is not suicidal,” and he “knows the consequences this would have,” Czech President Miloš Zeman said in an interview with the Associated Press… Keep Reading

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European Commission issues statement on Mediterranean crisis

EU will try to work with third countries to prevent people from taking ‘these desperate trips’ Up to 700 immigrants may have drowned when a fishing boat capsized in the Mediterranean near Libya. So far this year, some 1,500 people have died attempting to reach Europe from Africa, according to news agency reports. The number… Keep Reading

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Czech mountaineer dies in High Tatras

Friend failed to reach summit, was found by search team Bratislava, March 8 (ČTK) — A Czech 52-year-old mountain climber died after a fall while ascending the Tupa peak (2,285 meters) in the High Tatras, east Slovakia, on Saturday, mountain rescuers have told the media. They were called in by another Czech mountaineer who made… Keep Reading

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