Czech Republic

Czech court asked to review EU reform treaty

Prague  - Czech lawmakers Thursday asked the nation's Constitutional Court to review the European Union Reform Treaty, reflecting a euro-sceptic stance by Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's party.

OECD predicts slower Czech growth, urges more fiscal reform

Prague  - The Czech Republic's booming economy is to grow slower in coming years and will be in need of further fiscal reform, according to a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and

Czech-US talks on second missile defence treaty continue

Prague - Czech and US negotiators opened three days of talks Wednesday on a treaty that defines status of US troops to be stationed at a planned US missile-shield radar base on Czech soil, the Czec

Luiz Inacio Lula to visit Netherlands, Czech Republic with bio-fuels on agenda

Brasilia - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is set to start a four-day visit this week to the Netherlands and the Czech Republic on a tour focused on ethanol and other bio-fuels, a sector in which Brazil is a global leader.

Brazilian presidential spokesman Marcelo Baumbach said Monday that Lula will tell European leaders that bio-fuels are "a cleaner alternative that causes less harm to the environment."

Lula's official visit to the Netherlands is scheduled to start Thursday. The Brazilian president plans to visit The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and will meet with Dutch Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

Czech-US missile shield deal faces hurdles in parliament

Prague - A US-Czech deal to place an anti-missile radar in the former East Bloc nation sparked resistance Friday among a junior governing party that may hold the key to the plan's parliamentary approval.

The Greens have warned that they will approve the US project only if it is clear that it will become part of NATO anti-missile defences in the future.

Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's centre-right government has a slim lower-house majority and the six Green lawmakers could be crucial.

NATO leaders agreed Thursday at a summit in Bucharest "to explore ways" of integrating the planned US missile shield in Czech Republic and Poland "with any future NATO-wide missile defence architecture."

7,000 year-old unique statue discovered in Czech Republic

Prague, Oct 20 : Czech archaeologists have uncovered a part of a half-metre high statue of a woman dating back to 7,000 years in Masovice, South Moravia area of the Czech republic.