Around 60 Kurds living in the Czech Republic gathered in front of the US
Embassy in Prague on Monday to protest against the Turkish offensive in
Northern Syria. They also asked Czech state representatives to do
everything in their power to stop the Turkish attack.
The president of the Kurdish Civic Association in the Czech Republic, who was also the organizer of the demonstration, Rashid Khalil, told the Czech News Agency that the place was chosen in reaction to the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria. Khalil likened the behaviour of the world powers to the Munich Agreement of 1938.
The EU has so far promised to provide CZK 100 billion in funding through
its Integrated Regional Operational Program between the years 2021 to 2027,
a decrease of around one-fifth compared to the previous term, the minister
of regional development, Klára Dostálová of ANO, told journalists on
Monday. Meanwhile, the rate of national co-financing will increase from the
current 15 percent to 30 percent. However, Ms. Dostálová said that
negotiations are still ongoing.
In terms of overall funding the Czech Republic is expected to receive CZK 520 billion crowns, which is a 100 CZK billion increase to the current funding budget. The European Commission is asking for three-quarters of the funding to be put into the union wide Intelligent Europe and Green Europe programmes, the minister said.
Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček summoned the Turkish
ambassador for a meeting on Monday to reiterate the European Union’s
priority of finding a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria
and called on Turkey to halt its ongoing military operations in the region.
An official statement posted on the ministry’s website on Monday morning expressed particular concern over the violent death of the Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf on Saturday and those of many other civilians. The Czech Republic respects Turkey’s right to defend its border, but strongly opposes the massive military intervention, the statement goes on to say.
The Czech doubles team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková
has qualified for tennis’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is the second time
in a row that the pair have qualified for the prestigious, season-ending
tournament. They secured their place after winning the Linz Doubles on
Sunday, adding another title after their August victory in Toronto.
They will join compatriot Barbora Strýcová, who will be lining up alongside Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei at the WTA Finals, which begin in two weeks’ time.
Leading representatives of the Czech cultural scene gathered at the
National Theatre in Prague on Monday to attend an official farewell
ceremony for actress and Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová, who died
this month at the age of 92. The event, which featured a number of speakers
including her former colleagues from the National Theatre, culminated with
a symbolic funeral procession exiting the building.
Mrs. Chramostová was an accomplished actress before her refusal to accept the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 led to her losing the opportunity to perform in film, television and radio. During the normalisation era she was active in the country’s dissent and signed the Charter 77 protest document. For her activities in the service of human rights and democracy, Ms. Chramostová was awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk by President Václav Havel in 1998.
The international rating agency Moody's Investors Service has
downgraded its outlook for the Czech banking sector from positive to
stable. The change is mainly due to the slowdown in the country’s
economic growth, the Czech News Agency reports. Moody’s said on Monday
that after years of rapid loan growth, it expects a slight deterioration in
the quality of its loan portfolio in the Czech Republic.
The New York-based bond credit rating business continues to see the country’s credit rating as one of the best in Central and Eastern Europe, but it expects Czech GDP growth to decelerate from last year’s 2.9 percent to 2.7 percent this year, with a further 0.2 percent decrease in 2020.
The Ministry of Finance will not have to issue an apology on its website
regarding Czech President Miloš Zeman’s false statement that the
acclaimed Czech writer Ferdinand Peroutka wrote an article entitled
“Hitler is a gentleman” during the 1930s. The Prague 1 District Court
dismissed the lawsuit put forward by the writer’s granddaughter Terezie
Kaslová. According to the judge the conditions for liability were not met,
because the president’s public addresses are not governed by procedural
Mrs. Kaslová originally sued the Office of the President. However, despite the initial ruling going partially in her favour, the Supreme Court then ruled that she had directed her claim incorrectly. The dispute returned to the beginning, with the Ministry of Finance becoming the defendant.
A mass accident on the D1 highway in the Benešov region on Sunday evening
left one person dead, 10 injured and four cars burned. A police officer
directing traffic away from the scene was also injured by passing driver.
The accident involved a tanker truck and occurred at the 49-kilometre marker in the Brno direction. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze at about 8pm, but that side of the D1 motorway was still blocked early on Monday.
A new 190-kilometre long ‘pilgrimage’ path linking two mountains with
mythical status in Czech history – Říp and Blaník – has been opened
by the Cesta Česka (Czech Way) association and the Czech Tourists Club.
Říp Mountain is where legend has it that Father Čech decided his people would settle in Bohemia. An army of knights are said to sleep under Blaník Mountain, ready to defend the nation if called upon.
Cesta Česka chairman Jindřich Chmelař told the ČTK news agency that taking the journey is an opportunity to learn about oneself.
The pilgrimage path starts in Louňovice pod Blaníkem, passes through Český Šternberk, Sázava, Kouřim, Sadská, Stará Boleslav and Mělník. Each hosts centres that offer pilgrimage maps and Pilgrim’s diaries.
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