The new Czech Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be built according to
a proposal by students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Slovak
University of Technology (STU) in Bratislava.
Jana Hájková and Kristína Boháčová, both 23, won an international competition announced by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (ČVUT) in Prague.
The students’ concept used exterior materials that are in harmony with the Ethiopian environment and connected both Czech and Ethiopian culture. The new embassy should be built by 2025.
Prague is unofficially the third biggest Slovak city, going by the number
of Slovaks living there, the outgoing president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska
said on a visit to the Czech capital on Monday. Over 100,000 Slovaks live
in the city and it is common to hear the language in Prague shops, he said.
Mr. Kiska, who will step down in June, received the keys to the city from Prague’s mayor Zdeněk Hřib. He also laid a wreath to Slovak-born politician Alexander Dubček at the former Federal Assembly building.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has welcomed
the fact that Zuzana Čaputová and Maroš Šefčovič have made it into
the second round of Slovakia’s presidential elections. Mr. Petříček
said both were guaranteed to fight against extremism and hatred.
Jan Lipavský of the Czech Pirate Party said Čaputová’s first place finish was a great success for liberal politics in Central Europe, adding that both remaining candidates were for Slovakia taking an unequivocally pro-European direction.
ANO’s Jaroslav Bžoch said it was good that both were more pro-European than Eurosceptic, adding that he saw a link between their reaching the runoff and the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak, as Slovakia was looking for change.
Lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner Čaputová received 40.5 percent of the vote in the first round. Šefčovič, who is a European Commissioner, got 20.7 percent. The runoff takes place in less than two weeks.
Thousands of people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended rallies on
Thursday evening in to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Slovak
investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
The gatherings, organised by the civic initiative For a Decent Slovakia,
took place in a number of Czech and Slovak cities and towns, but also in
Warsaw, Paris, Barcelona, or Copenhagen.
The biggest demonstration took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava, which was attended by an estimated 20,000 people, including the father of Ján Kuciak. The protesters were also shouting slogans against former Slovak PM Robert Fico and his senior ruling party SMER-Social Democracy.
Thursday is the first anniversary of the shocking murder of Ján Kuciak, a young Slovak journalist who was gunned down with his fiancé. One year on rallies in the couple’s honour are being held in Slovakia and Prague, while a new investigative journalism centre in Bratislava has been named after Kuciak. But have perceptions of reporters changed in this part of the world?
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, and his Slovak counterpart, Andrej
Kiska, on Tuesday marked the centenary of the Martin Declaration, under
which Slovaks broke away from the Kingdom of Hungary and later unified with
the Czech lands as Czechoslovakia.
Speaking at a ceremony in the Slovak town of Martin, Mr. Zeman said that Czechs had been threatened with Germanisation in 1918 and Slovaks with Magyarisation. However, thanks to the Martin Declaration the two people’s had not lost their nationality or language and could develop freely, he said.
Mr. Kiska said the foundation of Czechoslovakia had been complicated and praised the role played by its founders Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s EU summit in Salzburg, the Czech and Slovak heads of government criticized the European Commission‘s plans to increase funding for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex. They argued that this amounts to duplicating European security structures and boosting an agency that has not proven very effective.
As part of this year’s celebrations of the centenary of modern Czech statehood, Czech president Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska undertook a joint ride on a historical train to mark the anniversary of the declaration of independent Czechoslovakia and also to commemorate its first head of the state Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.