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New drug guidelines are Europe's most liberal
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New drug guidelines are Europe’s most liberal

Czech rules on narcotics possession designed to aid law enforcement   Long known for a liberal policy on drugs, the Czech Republic is now officially quantifying its status as one of European Union’s most lenient member states when it comes to decriminalizing drug possession. But these new guidelines come among signs that the rest of… Keep Reading

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Czech Republic ranks among Europe’s most corrupt

Studies show theft and graft are on the rise Theft and graft are increasingly becoming a way of life in the Czech Republic, according to results from two recent studies. The Czech Republic fell from 45th place in 2008 to 52nd on this year’s Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The Czech Republic has a 4.9… Keep Reading

Prague protest Lisbon treaty
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Klaus, under pressure, likely to sign Lisbon

Compromise between president and prime minister paves way for ratification by year’s end While the public debate about the Lisbon Treaty saw protesters and counter protesters gather outside Prague Castle Oct. 19, the government of Prime Minister Jan Fischer and President Václav Klaus were crafting language designed to abate Klaus’ concerns over a human rights… Keep Reading

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Law school accused of mafia ties

Security threat to state feared amid Plzeň university scandal The safety of the state is “threatened” amid growing fears of mafia influence in key sectors of society after allegations that degrees were conferred after just a few months’ study. There have also been concerns that fast-track degrees, plagiarism and missing dissertations at a prestigious law… Keep Reading

President Václav Klaus
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Klaus may be final roadblock for Lisbon

As the Irish are set to approve the treaty, Europe looks to a still-defiant president While the eyes of Europe are on Ireland, which votes on the Lisbon Treaty Oct. 2, the glares are increasingly directed at Prague. A group of senators from the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) filed a challenge to Lisbon Sept. 29… Keep Reading

Taxi ruling could take years
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Taxi ruling could take years

Case centers on firm charging three times the recommended rate A long-running dispute over higher taxi fares has gone to the courts, but it could take up to two years before a verdict is delivered. The case centers around a taxi company charging three times the regulated maximum fare of 28 Kč ($1.60) per kilometer.… Keep Reading

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Crime reports lack conviction

Emphasis on foreigners but statistics in short supply Two recent government crime reports paint contradictory pictures of illegal activity in the Czech Republic, pointing to both the general difficulties of accurately gauging crime and differing concerns between prosecutors and police. Some say the emphasis on crimes committed by foreigners in one of the reports plays… Keep Reading

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State slammed over rise in hernas

City authorities lose out in battle to prevent licenses for online gambling at bars City officials in Litvínov, north Bohemia, are dismayed over gambling parlors, or hernas, mushrooming along their streets, and are pointing the finger at the Finance Ministry for issuing licenses despite their objections. Litvínov officials recently made headlines for striking a “breakthrough… Keep Reading

Jirina Novakova
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Jewish families fight for lost property

Upcoming Holocaust conference overlooks individual claims, observers say When Sigmund Waldes co-founded the Koh-i-noor factory in 1902 along with his brother Jindřich, he couldn’t have envisioned that his enterprise – which produces buttons, zippers, cufflinks and other functional clothing accessories, with branches in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and New York among other cities – would keep… Keep Reading

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Roma family recounts arsonist attack

Parents face hostile community as 2-year-old daughter recovers from severe burns Vítkov, north Moravia A Molotov cocktail smashed through the window, then another, spreading flames and bits of broken glass across the foam mattress where Anna Sivaková slept with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter. The burning liquid splashed over Sivaková’s arm, as she was… Keep Reading

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