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The Czech Republic will not accept child refugees from Greece, says Interior Minister
Eidomeni, Greece - March 17, 2016: Two women walk with their children in a refugee camp

The Czech Republic will not accept child refugees from Greece, says Interior Minister

Prague, Jan 19 (CTK) - The Czech Republic will not accept children from Greek refugee camps since Greece will not provide the required list of 40 orphans, Interior Minister Search Results Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats, CSSD) told the Prima television station today. Hamáček said the case was now finished. In early September, Greece called on all EU interior ministers to accept children who stay unaccompanied by adults in its refugee camps. Hamáček then said Greece was only trying to provoke a debate on the redistribution of refugees. He said he could see no sense in the relocation of 17-year teenagers who are not eligible for asylum in Europe. Hamáček called on Greece to provide the concrete list of 40 children the Czech Republic could accept. "Greece put it clearly that it will not send us the list of 40 children and that this must be solved on an individual basis. It said small children are in some integration programmes in Greece and are not available," he added. Hamáček said the Czech Republic could bring Afghans and Pakistanis aged 16-18 from the Greek refugees, but this posed a security risk. "Greeks themselves are saying that their being sent to families is…

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Million Moments plans next wave of anti-government rallies across the Czech Republic
November 16 rally against Andrej Babiš at Letná. via Raymond Johnston

Million Moments plans next wave of anti-government rallies across the Czech Republic

Prague, Jan 7 (CTK) - The Million Moments for Democracy group plans its next wave of 14 protests against PM Andrej Babiš and public discussions, entitled Relay Run for Democracy, to start in late February and gradually take place in all 13 regional centres and finally in Prague, its leader Mikuláš Minář said today. The goal of the series of events is to bring attention to important issues facing the whole of the Czech Republic as well as to local problems, Minar told journalists. According to the group, the conflict of interest of PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) is deepening and the group will thus continue calling for his resignation. The group wants to gradually tour the whole country until June 2021 and make sure democratic parties win the general election later in that year. "We will spread important information about the problems and failures of Andrej Babiš all around the republic. We will strengthen the civic pressure on his resignation and offer space for individual initiative and creativity to people in the regions. The [rallies in] the regional centres will, however, be only the beginning," Minar said. "We will criss-cross the whole republic until June 2021. But the future beyond…

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