Self-styled “home guard” paramilitary groups now have around 2,000 members in the Czech Republic and represent a significant security threat. That’s according to the Ministry of the Interior’s latest report on extremism. It warns that some of these groups are xenophobic and racist and are attempting to forge ties with members of the police.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, held talks with his Italian
counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, in Rome on Tuesday. The pair discussed the
protection of the European Union’s external borders, cooperation with
third countries and migrant return policies, the Czech Office of the
Mr. Babiš and his host also spoke about the European Union’s relations with Russia and the US, as well as bilateral cooperation.
In July the Czech leader agreed to visit Rome after Mr. Conte sent an open letter in response to Mr. Babiš’s refusal of an Italian request to take in 450 migrants.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said that to bring a halt to illegal migration a comprehensive action plan for the entire European Union is needed – and the Czech Republic is ready to prepare just such a proposal. To stem the tide, he has even floated the idea of the protection of EU borders being transferred to the Nato level.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says he does not want to accept
“even one migrant”. Speaking at an annual meeting of the country’s
top diplomats in Prague on Monday, he proposed a “Marshall Plan” for
Africa that would encourage would-be migrants to remain in their country of
Mr. Babiš called for a common European Union approach to the issue of migration but again rejected a policy of sharing out refugees among member states. He said the EU should focus more on ensuring the continent’s security.
The prime minister also said that anybody speaking about a possible Czech departure from the EU was threatening the country’s future and pointed to the fact that 83 percent of the Czech Republic’s exports were to other EU states.
The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Many come here in search of a better life, to escape the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin or homophobia in their homeland. And many find that the Russian led-invasion of Czechoslovakia casts a long shadow.
Queer film festival Mezipatra returns in November, but already this week, the organization is hosting "Identity in the City," an English-language film series running parallel to Prague Pride. We spoke with Mezipatra director Pavel Bicek to learn about the weeklong event, and why his organization has endured in the Czech Republic for nearly two decades.
The 8th annual festival of LGBT culture Prague Pride kicks off in the Czech
capital on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island.
The week-long festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screenings and exhibitions, and will culminate with a colourful parade through the city centre on Saturday.
The main theme of the festival this year is the family and the main focus is on a bill, due to be debated in Parliament in the autumn, that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into regular marriages, which would give them the same rights as heterosexuals. At present they can only enter into so-called registered partnerships.
A march in support of the “traditional family” model took place in
Prague on Saturday, organized in protest against the Prague Pride festival
of the LGBT community due to be held next week.
Its participants, among them politician and church dignitaries, protested against the idea of the state recognizing a family other than the traditional man and woman model.
Prague Pride is also focused on the role of the family this year, drumming up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a marriage which would put them on an equal footing with heterosexual couple, including the right to adopt children.
The bill is to be debated in the lower house in the autumn.
The police is investigating the circumstances of the drowning of two
Vietnamese seven-year-old boys at Lake Lhota near Prague on Friday.
The mothers of the two boys have complained that when they reported the children missing the employees of the bathing resort had not taken them seriously and a search had only been launched several hours later.
The lifeguard was reportedly not at his post because of the heat.
The Czech-Vietnamese Society has called for the incident to be thoroughly investigated.
Eyewitness reports appear to confirm the parent’s claims.
To promote neo-Nazi ideology is a crime in the Czech Republic. Giving the Seig Heil salute and denying the Holocaust is also forbidden, as is hate speech in general. But to profit from the sale of products featuring the words or images of Adolf Hitler and the like is permitted – if it cannot be proven the seller was looking to propagate hateful ideology.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
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