British government will continue to protect EU citizens living on its territory even after Brexit, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Czech counterpart Lubomír Zaorálek during their meeting in Prague on Friday. He also said London wants to ensure that there will be no business barriers between Britain and other EU member states once Brexit happens. Mr. Johnson has also met with PM Bohuslav Sobotka, who told him it was crucial for the Czech Republic to ensure respect for the rights of Czech citizens living in Britain regardless Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has announced his plans to dismiss two
members of his own party, health minister Svatopluk Němeček and human
rights minister Jiří Dientsbier, from the coalition government. Mr
Sobotka made the announcement on Friday after the meeting of the Social
Democratic Party leadership. The prime minister said he was scheduled to
meet with President Miloš Zeman on Sunday to discuss the changes in the
Mr. Sobotka said the changes were being made to strengthen the party ahead of the 2017 parliamentary elections. He has proposed Miloslav Ludvík, a long-time head of Prague’s Motol hospital, to replace Svatopluk Němeček in the post of health minister. He said his main goal was to prevent the privatisation of health care. Mr Sobotka recommended the Social Democratic deputy Jan Chvojka, a member of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, to become the new minister of human rights.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek believes that the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump will not back out of the agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme. Mr Zaorálek made the statement on Friday after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Prague. He also said that fulfilling the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action can bring stability to the Middle Eastern region as a whole. The two foreign ministers also discussed their countries’ mutual cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková has entered the new World Cup season with a victory in the 3,000 metres event in Chinese Harbin. Sáblíková covered the distance with a time of 4:08.26, ahead of Marije Joling of the Netherlands and Ivanie Blondin of Canada. It is the 43rd individual victory in World Cup event for the 29-year-old Czech.
Thousands of people gathered on Freedom Square in Brno on Friday to attend the opening of this year’s first bottles of Saint Martin’s wine. The day of Saint Martin, which is celebrated in the country on November 11, has become an occasion for winemakers to present their young wines. Events are taking place all around the country. In Prague the main festivities will be held in Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad. Over two million bottles of Saint Martin’s wine will be available on the market this year.
Several commemorative events are being held across the country on Friday to mark the International Veterans Day. In Prague, war veterans, in particular Czechoslovakia’s RAF pilots, will be remembered on Náměstí Míru square at an event organized by the local town hall in cooperation with the Association of Veterans of the Czech Republic, the Czech Army Military History Institute and the Czechoslovak Legionnaires Community. The day will end with an open-air mass paying tribute to fallen soldiers. Veterans Day is celebrating all around the world to mark the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, which ended World War I.
The environment in the Czech Republic has not worsened in 2015 compared to the previous year, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday, citing the annual report on the Czech environment. One of the persistent problems highlighted by the report is poor air quality, which has not improved sufficiently despite lower overall emissions. The report, put together by the Ministry of Environment, suggests that the quality of air was negatively affected in 2015 by extremely hot and dry weather. The report also suggests that public spending on protection of the environment continues to grow. The government is set to debate the report in November.
Former Czech-born US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke in Prague Friday on the impact of the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the US. Albright, who backed close friend Hillary Clinton, said the world had not ended but warned that things would evolve differently from what most people expected. In a conference at Charles University’s philosophical faculty, she added that many Americans feared that they were not as rich as before, and their jobs had moved to other countries. She said a gender factor was probably at play in the elections with many white males feeling that they had lost everything. She added that Europe should understand that the US was both an Atlantic and a Pacific power.
President Miloš Zeman apologized to the US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew Schapiro. on Friday. The Czech head of state had accused Schapiro of not attending the Czech celebrations of national day at the castle on October 28 in a speech welcoming the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. But photographs and statements from other participants at the main event quickly proved Zeman’s accusation to be false. In a statement Friday, Zeman said that he had received the information from the protocol section at the president’s office. “If this information was incorrect, the president of the republic of course apologizes to the ambassador.” Relations between the US ambassador and president Zeman have been strained for some time.