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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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Europe pushes green investment

EIB and EC put forward a plan to encourage local banks to support projects Combined proposals from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission hope to encourage more private investment for schemes that contribute to reducing energy use and conserve natural assets. The Private Finance for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE) aims to encourage local… Keep Reading

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Slovakia to reinstate citizenship for some

New move to affect mostly Hungarian Slovaks who had lost status following passage of controversial 2010 law Bratislava, Jan. 16 (ČTK) — Slovakia will start returning Slovak citizenship to those who lost it based on the controversial law that current Prime Minister Robert Fico’s previous cabinet pushed through in 2010, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák has… Keep Reading

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Paris supermarket terrorist had Czech gun

Semiautomatic rifle is a recent model made by a Moravian company A video of Amedy Coulibaly, who took hostages at the Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris on Jan. 9, shows him with a Czech-made semiautomatic rifle, according to a weapons expert. Coulibaly killed four Jewish people at the supermarket and took 15 hostages. The situation… Keep Reading

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EU responds to RFE/RL raid

Spokesperson says closing of Baku office violates international commitments The European Union has responded to closing of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty office in Baku, Azerbaijan, saying that it went against the concept of free speech and an independent media. The Baku office of RFE/RL was shut down following a Dec. 26 police raid in… Keep Reading

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