Slavia Prague defeated French team Girondins Bordeaux at home crowd 1: 0 on
Thursday evening in the opening match of the Europa League group stage.
Czech midfielder Jaromír Zmrhal, who scored the only goal of the match, described it as the most beautiful one of his career. Meanwhile, Jablonec lost 2:1 to French side Stade Rennes.
An exhibition about the Roma in Czechoslovakia has opened in the New Town
Hall in Prague. Sections of it examine the life of the Romani minority
during the First Republic, the Nazi occupation, under the communist regime,
and after Velvet Revolution of 1989.
The travelling exhibition will be on display in Prague until November 10th, after which it will be shown in other big Czech and Slovak cities.
The Czech Republic should stand up for Hungary in its dispute with the
European Union, not only because it is a close ally, but because the Czechs
themselves could one day find themselves in a similar position, President
Zeman said in an interview for commercial TV Barrandov on Thursday.
The Czech head of state criticized the European Parliament’s decision to launch a procedure against Hungary over its alleged breach of core EU values.
Mr. Zeman said Hungary was defending itself against pressures to conform and the other countries of the Visegrad group – the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – could find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
Twenty-eight senators have sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej
Babis urging him to take steps enabling the Czech Republic to admit 50
Syrian orphans from overcrowded camps in Greece.
The signatories of the letter say that orphans in need deserve unconditional and immediate help and the Czech Republic should be among the countries offering this kind of assistance.
Among the signatories is the Speaker of the upper chamber Milan Štěch of the Social Democrats.
The prime minister earlier rejected the idea of taking in 50 orphans saying the country was not ready to accept migrants and this case was no different.
The popular Czech music awards Český slavík - or the Czech Nightingale
–will not be held this year, the daily Právo reported, citing Jaroslav
Těšinský of the Musica Bohemica agency organizing the event.
The winners of the competition are chosen in a public poll and the organizers want to set down new rules and prevent the present system on online voting from being abused.
This is being done at the instigation of the competition’s main sponsor Mattoni after last year’s results in the best band category were questioned.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in an interview for the BBC that he was
“very unhappy” that the U.K. is leaving the bloc and he would like to
see the country hold another referendum that might overturn the result.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat expressed a similar position.
Speaking to EU leaders in Salzburg British prime minister Theresa May, ruled out such a possibility, saying the U.K. would not push back the deadline in negotiations or hold another referendum on Brexit.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is hosting an international symposium on Czech
foreign policy titled “Rethinking the Future.“
The event is co-organized by the Prague-based Institute of International Relations, the German foundation Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the embassies of the United States and Australia.
In an opening address to the assembly, Deputy Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček stressed the significance of EU and NATO membership for the Czech Republic.
He said politicians must work to overcome their differences on divisive issues such as migration and relations with Russia and that Czech foreign policy must build on values such as support for human rights in countries where they are brutally suppressed.
Petříček also stressed the importance of developing transatlantic cooperation, saying the United States had always been Europe’s key partner in times when the continent faced serious challenges.
Sixteen more community centers for mental health will open around the
country in the coming years, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced at the
opening of such a center in Prague’s Prosek district on Thursday.
The building of a network of mental health community centers is part of an attempt to erase the stigma surrounding mental health problems and enable patients who have been released from hospital to continue getting professional aid and advice. The understanding is that more patients will also approach such a center in the event of problems.
Five such centers were built this year and their number should reach 30 by 2021.
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