Slavia Prague‘s opponents in the Champions’ League group will be
Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
The group stage clashes of the UEFA competition were traditionally decided in a closely-watched draw in Monaco on Thursday evening.
Slavia Prague have qualified for the Champions League for the second time ever.
The lower house of Parliament is to debate a Senate proposal for a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
the committee for procedural matters decided on Thursday.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
The earliest possible date for the planned intergovernmental negotiations
between the Czech Republic and Israel is sometime in the first half of
2020, the Czech Ambassador to Israel Martin Stropnický told the Czech News
Originally, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu considered the possibility of organising the talks this year.
However, Mr. Stropnický says that, due to a turbulent year in Israeli politics, it was impossible to find a suitable time in 2019.
The Czech ambassador went on to say that it is an absolute priority for his mission to ensure the eventual talks are held in the Czech Republic.
In regards to the question of moving the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a policy which the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, is in favour of, Mr. Stropnický said that the Czech government is following the European political line and does not intend to go ahead with the move.
A top-level Czech delegation on Thursday attended a commemorative event in
Bratislava marking the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
launched on August 29, 1944.
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová spoke about the crucial role of the national uprising saying that without it Slovakia would not have developed into a country with an anti-fascist and democratic tradition.
The aim of the armed resistance was to overthrow the government of Jozef Tiso, who collaborated with Nazi Germany. Although the resistance was suppressed, partisans continued with subversive operations until allied forces liberated the country in 1945.
The Czech Republic was represented at the ceremony by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the speakers of both houses of Parliament.
The Czech Republic is one of 38 countries whose companies are taking part
in the 61st International Fair in Damascus, despite the US sanctions
levelled against the country.
The US Embassy in Syria warned on Thursday that foreign companies doing business with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are exposing themselves to the possibility of US sanctions.
According to the ctk news agency there are around twenty Czech companies represented at the fair. According to the news agency they deal in products and services that are not affected by the sanctions.
The Regional Development Ministry has replied to the European
Commission’s preliminary audit on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’
suspected conflict of interest.
According to the ministry the reply was handed over in person to officials at the Czech Republic’s Permanent Representation at the EU in Brussels.
In an interview for the Czech newspaper Deník N, Regional Development Minister Dostálová said the detailed reply contained contradictions to every sentence on every page of the audit.
According to the audit’s conclusion, Mr. Babiš has retained some influence on his company Agrofert,despite having placed it in trust funds, and therefore has a conflict of interest.
As a result, the Czech Republic may be forced to return about CZK 450 million in EU funding drawn by Agrofert.
The head of the Pirate Party, Ivan Bartoš, has called for the reply to be made public.
The Czech ambassador to Lebanon, Michaela Froňková, says the country is
exhausted by the migrant crisis and would prefer for international aid
streaming to the country in connection with migrants to go directly to
In an interview for the ctk news agency the ambassador said that that there was a notable change of mood in the country with growing hostility to the large number of Syrian refugees in the country.
"Before they welcomed aid from the Czech Republic and other states, now they are saying – take your money and help the Syrians in Syria," Fronkova told the news agency.
There are now over one million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon, and the authorities say there are around 550, 000 more Syrians who are unregistered. Many are employed illegally and the locals feel that they are taking away their jobs.
The World Health Organization has stripped the Czech Republic, Great
Britain, Greece and Albania of their "measles free status" after
a marked increase in cases in all of the said states.
The WHO announced the move in an annual report on the incidence of contagious diseases in Europe.
Thirty- five out of 53 European countries have retained their measles-free status.
The Czech health authorities registered 579 cases of measles in the first seven months of this year, compared to 203 in the previous year.
As in many other countries suffering renewed outbreaks, the spread of measles in the Czech Republic is attributed to the growing reluctance of some parents to get their children vaccinated against the disease.
Slavia Prague has secured a spot in the group stage of the Champions League
after beating Romanian side Cluj 1:0 in the second leg of the play-offs.
Slavia’s opponents will be decided at a draw on Thursday evening in
Monaco. The team has also secured a CZK 393 million for making it into the
Slavia won the previous leg in Cluj 1:0 and although the first half-hour of the game saw chances on both sides, the Czech team eventually became more dominant in the second half. The only goal of the game was then scored in the 66 minute when Slavia defender Jan Bořil scored with a hard shot in the penalty area.
It is only the second time in history that the Prague team has managed to advance into the group stages of Europe’s most prestigious tournament.