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Global Europe 14-09-2017

Czech interior minister: ‘Nobody has to call us for solidarity’

The Czech Republic has not relocated a refugee for more than a year and remains in breach of its legal obligations. The Czech position remains the same despite the ruling of the Court of Justice supporting the Commission's migrant relocation policy. EURACTIV.cz reports.

Development Policy 24-07-2017

Czech government insists migration controls should precede relocation demands

It makes no sense to share a burden over which we have no control, the Czech government said in response to the criticism of its failure to comply with EU migrant relocation quotas. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Central Europe 29-06-2017

Czech law to allow civilians to shoot during terrorist attacks

The Czech parliament on Wednesday (28 June) passed a constitutional amendment that challenges EU gun control rules by allowing legal firearms holders to use them when national security is threatened, including during terrorist attacks.

Central Europe 07-06-2017

Commission readies sanctions against the Visegrad Four

The European Commission warned yesterday (6 June) it could sanction member states that don’t follow EU quota rules for asylum seekers by opening infringement proceedings against them as early as next week.

Elections 05-05-2017

Czech prime minister delays resignation as parties seek way forward

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka postponed on Thursday (4 May) tendering his cabinet's resignation until the second half of May, buying time to push through a plan for a new government before stepping down.

Politics 02-03-2017

Czech minister wants to guarantee the right to keep and bear arms

A constitutional amendment would enable Czechs to acquire and possess a gun for security purposes. This is a partial response to the proposed EU Firearms Directive. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Germany accepted twice as many refugees as Visegrad group

Last year, Eastern European member states admitted less than half the number of refugees than Germany took in, despite the 11 countries having a combined population that eclipses that of the Bundesrepublik. EURACTIV Germany reports.