Czech Chamber of Deputies may pass resolution in support of Israel
Jerusalem's Western Wall (Illustrative image)

Czech Chamber of Deputies may pass resolution in support of Israel

Prague, Sept 19 (CTK) - The Chamber of Deputies foreign affairs committee today recommended to the Czech lower house that it pass a resolution in support of Israel and against its boycott and anti-Semitism. The original draft mentioned the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) global campaign, but recommended the wording of the resolution in more general terms. "In the Czech Republic, we do not have the problem and if it (the BDS) were mentioned, we would uselessly promote it," Petr Hladik, from the Foreign Ministry, said. The Foreign Ministry modified the original proposal by the chairman of the Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) deputy group, Jan Bartosek. "I think that this is a latter-day form of anti-Semitism, expressly targeting the State of Israel, the Jews," Bartosek said about the BDS. "In Western Europe, anti-Semitism is on the rise. There are so many attacks on Jews that some of them are really leaving the countries such as France for Israel. I am convinced that this is bad. I believe that one cannot keep silent on the signs of anti-Semitism in any form," Bartosek added. Last week, the Chamber of Deputies interrupted its debate on the position, sending it for review to the…

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Halting of Czech PM Babiš’s prosecution in Čapí Hnízdo case comes into force
Čapí hnízdo in Olbramovice via Wikimedia / Richenza

Halting of Czech PM Babiš’s prosecution in Čapí Hnízdo case comes into force

Prague, Sept 18 (CTK) - The halting of prosecution of PM Andrej Babiš and others in the Čapí Hnízdo suspected EU subsidy fraud case has come into force as none of the parties involved filed a complaint against the Municipal State Attorney Office's (MSZ) decision, its spokesman Ales Cimbala told CTK today. Justifying the decision, the state attorneys say the Farma Čapí Hnízdo company met the criteria of a small or medium-sized company and was rightfully assessed as eligible for the 50-million-crown EU subsidy it gained in 2008. "We do not register any complaint filed by an authorised person against the resolution on halting the criminal prosecution. Consequently, we can state that the decision came into legal force on September 17, 2019," Cimbala said. The organisers of demonstrations against Babiš and for judiciary independence from the Million Moments for Democracy NGO demand that the state attorney's office release the complete ruling on halting the PM's prosecution, association chairman Mikulas Minar said in a video recording today. The NGO insists on its demand that Babiš end as the head of government. Babiš refused to answer the question whether he could release the attorneys' document himself to dissipate doubts. "I will not…

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Czech cabinet approves 2020 budget bill with 40-billion-crown deficit
State flags of the Czech Republic at Prague Castle

Czech cabinet approves 2020 budget bill with 40-billion-crown deficit

Prague, Sept 16 (CTK) - The Czech cabinet unanimously approved the 2020 draft state budget with a deficit of 40 billion crowns at its meeting also attended by President Milos Zeman today, the Government Office press department has announced. The two government parties, ANO and the Social Democrats (CSSD), say the budget priorities are increases in pensions, teachers' wages, the parental benefit and the state spending on research and development and on sports and investments. The budget bill, drafted by the Finance Ministry, projects the total expenditures at 1,618 billion crowns and revenues at 1,578 billion. A 40-billion-crown budget deficit is also preliminarily planned for 2021 and 2022. The 2019 budget deficit, too, has been projected at 40 billion crowns, and it reached 15.4 billion at the end of August. The law binds the government to approve a draft state budget and send it to the Chamber of Deputies by the end of September. The opposition criticises the government for planning deficit budgets in the current period of economic growth. "Unfortunately, the [new] budget keeps the trend of raising future risks. It ignores the fact of the long-term unsustainability of the pension and health systems and its investment activity is…

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