Visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the Czech head of
government Andrej Babiš on Friday met to discuss bilateral cooperation and
European issues. The two heads of government reiterated their common stand
to migration and thanked each other for their mutual support in defending
their stand in Brussels. Both countries have refused to accept migrant
quotas and both have refused to sign the UN’s Global Compact for
Mr Obrán also met for talks with Radek Vondráček, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. The Hungarian prime minister thanked the Czech Parliament for coming out in Hungary’s defence in its controversy with the European Parliament over the country’s internal developments.
The European Parliament in September voted to launch a procedure against Hungary over its alleged breach of core EU values, an unprecedented move against any EU member state. The Czech Republic criticized the decision as unfortunate, arguing that dialogue would have been a better option.
Frýdlant Hospital has stopped performing all surgical operations after
nine of the sixteen patients it operated on in the past week were rushed to
hospital with blood poisoning.The operating theatre in Frýdlant Hospital
has been closed and the matter is being investigated.
All nine patients, who were taken to Liberec Hospital, are reported to be stable, although they remain in intensive care. They underwent different operations performed by different surgical teams.
The former chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel has
stressed that more needs to be done to fight hybrid attacks from Russia and
Addressing a conference on information warfare and hybrid threats currently held in Prague, General Pavel noted that while Europe’s security forces cooperated well in detecting and minimizing the danger of terrorist attacks Europe still underestimated the threat of hybrid attacks by Russia and China.
He said that in fighting the hybrid threat it was essential to explain the concept to the public, how disinformation campaigns work and how big a threat they present.
Jan Švejdar is to be the country’s new police president, Interior
Minister Jan Hamáček announced on Friday. Mr. Švejdar, who is head of
the police force in the Pardubice region, was selected by a special
The only other contender for the post was the head of the Usti regional police force Jaromír Kníže. Jan Švejdar will take up his post on December 1st. He said his top priorities in office would be to fight drug trafficking and improve safety on Czech roads.
The downgrading of the status of several Czech embassies announced recently
does not reflect the importance ascribed to bilateral relations with the
given state, but was a move prompted by financial considerations, the Czech
Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Friday.
The statement comes in reaction to criticism from President Miloš Zeman who said the decision to take away „top priority status“ from the Czech Embassy in Hungary and that in Italy was a serious mistake. He said he would apologize in person to the visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and would push to get the decision reversed.
The ministry, which also downgraded the status of the Czech embassies in Ukraine and Turkey, said the status – or different categories – in which embassies were placed was only related to the salaries paid to diplomats in the given state.
Czech historian Michal Frankl, a senior researcher at the Masaryk Institute
and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has won a prestigious
European Research Council (ERC) Grant of nearly two million euros with a
project on refugees and Central European countries citizens in the 20th
Mr. Frankl, who has published widely on the history of antisemitism, refugee policies, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian lands and East-Central Europe, is the first Czech scientist in the field of humanities to win the ERC grant.
The Czech Republic had the lowest unemployment rate in the EU in 2017,
according to the Statistical Yearbook, released by the Czech Statistical
office on Thursday.
In 2017, the Czech Republic had an average 2.9 unemployment rate, compared with EU average of 7.6 percent. The Czech Republic was followed by Germany with 3.8 percent, while Greece was placed at the other end of the scale with 21.5 percent.
Eight people with blood poisoning were admitted to hospital in Liberec
during Wednesday and Thursday. According to the hospital spokesman Václav
Řičař, all of the patients had previously undergone surgery at a private
hospital in Frýdlant in North Bohemia.
The operating room in the Frýdlant hospital has been closed down and will remain so until the cause of the poisoning is uncovered.
Nearly 32 million crowns were collected in the Czech Republic during Giving Tuesday, a global event created in 2012 to promote charitable and philanthropic acts, Magdalena Martinková from the Association of Social Responsibility told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The figure is four times higher than in the previous year. Giving Tuesday, which took place in the Czech Republic for the third time, is designed to serve as a counter-weight to the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.