London aims for free trade agreement with EU “as soon as possible”

The United Kingdom said on Friday 23 October to aim for a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the European Union “as soon as possible”, After France estimated that the negotiations could exceed the deadline of October 31 set by the Europeans.

After a week of paralysis, the UK and the European Union resumed talks on Thursday in the hope of reaching an agreement, as the end of the post-Brexit transition period, set for December 31, approaches. big steps. Until now, the Europeans had said that a compromise had to be found by the end of October so that it could be transposed and adopted in time for the end of the year.

«We give a few more days, to give the negotiation a chance, but we have to know quickly enough», French Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune declared on BFM Business on Thursday. The Europeans estimate that they still have two or three weeks ahead of them.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, had set mid-October as the deadline, which had already passed. «We want to reach an agreement on the basis of what we have defined as soon as possibleA spokesperson for Boris Johnson said on Friday, when asked about the French secretary of state’s statements. Negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost are now discussing “legal texts in all areas for the first time“, he added. “We have been clear on our ambitions for the negotiations. We want to achieve a free trade agreement that respects us as a sovereign nation“, Said the spokesperson.

In case of “no-deal», Synonymous with potentially devastating consequences economically, trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union will be governed by the terms of the World Trade Organization and subject to quotas and customs duties.

At the same time, the British government is making agreements with European partners who are not members of the EU, notably Norway and Switzerland, and signed an agreement with Japan on Friday. “It was said that an independent UK would not be able to conclude independent free trade agreements, or that they would take yearsBritish Trade Minister Liz Truss said from Tokyo. “Today we prove the opposite».


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French teacher decapitation: 56 house searches, 27 people arrested …

In France, 56 “home visits” were carried out after the murder of a teacher last week, and 27 people were arrested following reports of online content, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Friday after a defense council at the Elysée.

“It has been decided to conduct 123 home visits and 56 of them have already been carried out,” the prime minister said in a short press briefing. “On the basis of 1,279 reports to the platform Pharos – specialized services for collecting illegal content on the Internet – 27 people were able to be arrested,” said the prime minister a week after the beheading of a teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. in the Paris region.

Castex announced sanctions against people “posting personal messages online that endanger someone’s life.” The legal text will be presented to the Council of Ministers on 9 December. The issue of terrorist content would come up on Friday during an appointment between Castex and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels.

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Samuel Paty, 47, a history and geography teacher, was killed ten days after showing his students caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in a lesson on freedom of expression. He was attacked on the internet after class.

“The surveillance of social networks and the fight against hatred online is stepped up,” Castex promised. He assured that Pharos “will be reinforced without delay in terms of manpower”. A specialized group will be set up within the Paris prosecutor’s office “to centralize prosecutions and thus improve efficiency”.

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Traveling abroad: Where can you go? (INFOGRAPHY)

Most recently, it ranked the Czechia among the risky countries of Italy. To enter its territory, it is necessary to submit a negative test for coronavirus up to 72 hours old.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to passing the test in the Czech Republic, it is also possible to undergo a rapid test upon arrival at one of the Italian airports. So far, Italy has required negative tests for COVID-19 only for arrivals from Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain and some French regions.

Other countries, such as Greece, also require a negative test for COVID-19 from people traveling from the Czech Republic. Other countries, such as Switzerland and the Netherlands, require mandatory quarantine upon arrival from the Czech Republic, even for those who have tested negative.

Czech government traffic light

The Czech Republic applies the so – called traffic lightswhen evaluating countries according to the degree of risk of coronavirus infection. Only in high-risk countries do Czechs have to prove a negative test on their return or go to a 14-day quarantine.

The government’s “traffic light” is list of “countries safe for travel” divided into three categories (low, medium and high risk of infection). The “traffic light” falls under the administration of the Ministry of Health and is regular updated according to developments in individual states.

In the event that states restrict entry into their territory, travel will be governed by the conditions of the other party. You are so for vacation planning essential, and just an overview of such conditions is provided by the interactive map below.

What about traveling in practice

Number of countries where you can travel without any problems, may therefore be smaller than indicated by a “traffic light” published by the government. This in itself does not show how strict the regime is at the borders of other countries in the world. But from the point of view of travel, such information is crucial.

The world travel map below shows which countries in the world Czechs can go to so far. The source of information is Foreign Ministry signpost. In case of uncertainty about the current situation, the institution recommends following the statement of the relevant embassies of the Czech Republic in the given country.

The infographics show the conditions under which you can travel to the countries shown. Green indicates no restrictions, orange warns of additional obstacles. For example, the need to undergo tests for COVID-19. To pan the map, select ✥ from the tool menu on the left. Infographics can also be zoomed out or zoomed in.

Selection of non-European destinations


The border was scheduled to open on 1 September, but did not occur due to the renewed spread of coronavirus.


President Bolsonaro has repeatedly stated that he does not consider COVID-19 to be a major problem, and the country’s approach to tourism corresponds to this. The borders are open and tourists should not expect any significant restrictions on arrival.


The obligation to submit a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours upon entry into the country is newly introduced at all points of entry. The PCR test is now also required in the resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Matrouh, Taba, Marsa Alam and still in the capital Cairo.

United Arab Emirates

Possibility of arrival for the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is necessary to apply for a visa, have travel insurance and fill in the data in the COVID-19 DXB app. Quarantine required in Abu Dhabi.


Nepal has decided to resume tourism from October 17, 2020, but Czech citizens will not be able to travel to the country.


Tourists must have a negative COVID test and meet the condition of pre-registration with the local authorities.

South African Republic

With effect from 1 October 2020, the borders of South Africa will be opened for international passenger transport. Each passenger will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test, which will not be more than 72 hours after boarding the aircraft.

Dominican republic

From 16 September 2020, a negative PCR test is no longer a condition for entry into the country; the tests will be carried out at random at the airport.

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With effect from 11 September, it placed Prague in the red category at its coronavirus traffic light. Since 16 September, the Central Bohemian, South Bohemian, Plzeň, Liberec, Hradec Králové, Pardubice and South Moravian regions and the Vysočina Region have also fall into the red category. On the way from these regions, people in Belgium have to be quarantined for a fortnight and a COVID-19 test is mandatory. All passengers must continue to fill in the contact form before traveling to Belgium.

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Since August 29, the country has included the Czechia together with other countries on its quarantine list. People arriving in Britain from the Czech Republic must undergo quarantine for 14 days. With a few exceptions, all passengers must complete a so-called contact form before traveling to the UK.


Denmark has included the entire Czech Republic in the list of high-risk countries. From midnight on September 11, only those who have a good reason to travel are admitted to Denmark from the Czech Republic. Not tourists.


The country last removed the Czech Republic from the list of safe states on July 24. Estonia updates the list every week, now the Czechs have to quarantine for a fortnight when traveling to this country on the week of September 21-27. From September 1, it can be shortened to seven days by two negative tests. Latvia and Lithuania have introduced similar measures against Czech citizens.


Since August, the Czech Republic has been in a group of countries from which it is not possible to travel freely to Finland. For passengers from the Czech Republic, they can only come to Finland in justified cases (work, family, school). These reasons must be documented by the Czech citizen. A 14-day quarantine is recommended upon arrival.


Italy has classified the Czechia as a high-risk country; in order to enter its territory, it is necessary to submit a negative test for a coronavirus up to 72 hours old.


Before traveling, people from the Czech Republic must fill in an online form stating the reason for their trip to the country and after sending it, they will receive an e-mail, which they will submit at the Irish border. Czech citizens then have to undergo quarantine, which can last up to 14 days, depending on the length of their stay in Ireland.


As of September 18, people who have stayed in the Czech Republic in the previous 14 days cannot go to Cyprus. Exceptions are, for example, Cypriot citizens and their family members or permanent residents. However, they must take the COVID-19 test upon arrival and enter the two-week quarantine, regardless of how the test turned out.


Hungary has banned the entry of foreigners, with a few exceptions, due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. Hungary has granted an exemption to citizens of the Visegrad Four countries (V4), who can enter Hungary if they have booked at least a one-day stay before 1 September and prove this together with a negative test that will not be older than five days. Exceptions are, for example, persons who can prove that they have overcome the infection in the last six months. For a limited time, this exemption did not apply, but from Tuesday, October 6, it is valid again, probably until the end of October, then Hungary will further evaluate the situation.


Germany ranks the Czechia among the risk areas. It requires a test for coronavirus or quarantine to enter its territory.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands first included Prague among the risk regions on 15 September with immediate effect. People who have stayed there are to be quarantined for 10 days after arriving in the country. This does not apply, inter alia, to transit through the Netherlands, including transfers at airports, or to certain professions if people do not have symptoms of COVID-19. On Tuesday, September 22, the Netherlands ranked the entire Czech Republic among the countries at risk due to coronavirus. People have to be quarantined after arriving from the Czech Republic, even with a negative test for COVID-19.


People coming to the country from the Czech Republic must spend ten days in quarantine with effect from 8 August. During the quarantine period, it is necessary to remain at one fixed address, accommodation in camps, under a tent or hiking by motorhome do not meet the conditions for a quarantine stay. A negative test for COVID-19 is not required and cannot replace quarantine upon arrival in the country.


Since 18 September, the country has ranked the Czech Republic among the high-risk countries. When traveling to Slovakia, people must, with some exceptions, submit a negative coronavirus test result not older than 72 hours or quarantine and then undergo the test. Exceptions to the restriction will be, among others, commuters, students, teachers, health professionals or athletes.


Since 6 August, the Czech Republic has been on the Slovenian list of countries for which citizens are required to enter a two-week quarantine when entering the country, with a few exceptions. From 13 September, the duration of the quarantine was reduced from 14 to 10 days and the validity of the test certificate for the new coronavirus was extended from 36 hours to 48 hours after the certificate was issued, provided that the test was not obtained in Slovenia.


The country has included the Czech Republic in the list of risky countries. From September 14, people will have to quarantine for ten days after arriving from the Czech Republic. Transit is allowed.


He ranks Prague among the risk areas. Passengers from the Czech capital will have to prove themselves with a negative test for COVID-19 when entering the country.


From Wednesday, October 7, Bucharest will add the Czechia and Slovakia to the list of high-risk countries due to the spread of coronavirus. Upon arrival from both countries, people will have to enter a two-week quarantine.


From June 29 without restrictions.


Czech tourists must prove themselves by a negative test for COVID-19.


Upon arrival, all you have to do is fill in a form that provides personal information and answers a few questions about COVID-19. No test is needed. Czechs can get to Croatia comfortably by car, bus or plane. RegioJet has prepared i direct train connection.


It is not necessary to prove a negative test for COVID-19 or to undergo quarantine. Tourism is allowed, at the airport passengers are checked using thermal cameras.

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From August 24, Czech citizens are obliged to take a test or quarantine when returning to the Czech Republic. On Friday, October 2, the Canary and Balearic Islands were removed from the Czech list of risk areas abroad. From Monday, October 5, neither the covid-19 test nor the quarantine will be mandatory when returning from these locations.

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Melting glaciers hit record high in Swiss Alps

Swiss alps
The volume of Swiss glaciers continued to decline during the summer of 2020. Photo: M. Huss / SCNAT

According to research follow-up, over the past 60 years, Swiss glaciers have experienced a significant melting of their ice caps. In 2020, it accelerated and reached an alarming level. According to the report generated Friday, October 16 by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT, for its acronym in English), the accumulation and decrease of snow on the largest glacier in the Alps has reached an all-time low.

Although there have been no extremely high temperatures in the Swiss Alps region this year, the balance of ice shows that they have lost about 2% of their volume, according to the annual survey on the state of glaciers published by SCNAT.

Even though the reports are averaged over the past 10 years, the resulting final figures are really very worrying, said lead researcher Matthias Huss, responsible for the Glacier Monitoring Network (GLAMOS).

They are a little lower than the last three years, when we had extremely high temperatures. but the glaciers still lost a lot of mass, ”he said, adding that a loss of 2% is important for the region.

The tallest glaciers lose their majesty in Switzerland

It is estimated that the loss of water from the Swiss glaciers is equivalent to filling the immense Lake Constance, which stretches along the borders between Switzerland, Germany and Austria for 63 kilometers, according to the report.

The most worrying finding this year was the amount lost in accumulated snow recorded on the largest glacier of the Alps, the Aletsch, when it reached its lowest level on record the previous year.

This glacier, which covers approximately 86 km², is made up of approximately 11 billion tonnes of ice. A significant reduction in thickness its extension has been detected, or about 1 km per year since 2000.

The Aletsch is one of more than 4000 glaciers with vast and ancient reserves of ice scattered across the Alps, providing seasonal water to millions of people and forming some of the most impressive landscapes in Europe.

Other studies confirm indicators of ice loss

In a study by the Technical University of Zurich (ETH) published last year, it was learned that around 95% of these glaciers would disappear by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled quickly.

Even if the whole world fully implemented the 2015 Paris Agreement, which calls for limiting global warming to less than 2 ° C, two-thirds of alpine glaciers would continue to melt, according to many long-term forecasts established in recent years.


Record number of daily infections in France, curfew extended | NOW

French authorities report confirming more than 41,600 corona infections in the past 24 hours. This means that the record number of cases from last Saturday (32,427) has been amply exceeded. Earlier in the evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex imposed a curfew for an additional 38 French departments.

This means that 46 million people will be subject to curfew. France has a total of approximately 67 million inhabitants.

Curfews have been in place for some time in Paris and some other major cities. The emergency measure will also go into effect in other parts of the country and in some overseas territories from 12:00 AM on Friday, Castex said. The curfew is from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Residents of these areas may only go outside if there is an important reason for doing so.

According to the prime minister, the emergency measure will remain in force for at least six weeks. He did not rule out that the rules would be tightened up in the meantime. “France and Europe are now experiencing a second wave of the epidemic,” Castex said at a news conference. “The coming weeks will be tough. The number of deaths will continue to increase.”

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 34,210 people in France. In total, more than 999,000 infections have now been diagnosed. France could become the third European country with more than a million infections. Spain has more than a million cases since last Wednesday and Russia since September 1.


France is considering extending the state of emergency until mid-February …

France declared a state of emergency for the second time this year in mid-October. It currently applies until November 16, but the French are now considering extending it until mid-February 2021. Local media report this. The government is said to be working on a bill on this, and there will be an exceptional meeting next weekend to further elaborate it. But in order to declare a state of emergency for more than a month, they must get parliamentary approval in France.

If that proposal is passed, it will allow the government to impose travel restrictions and allow the country to go into lockdown, whether or not completely. That proposal would also imply that emergency measures could be announced until April 1.
In France, 33,885 people are said to have been killed by the corona virus and 930,000 people have already been infected. The French government is afraid that the virus will spread quickly again and is therefore also considering putting certain departments back into lockdown. This is already the case in some cities.


Emotional imam honors murdered teacher: ‘Cartoons Mohamme …

Hassen Chalghoumi, the progressive Imam of Drancy, went to plant flowers at the school where Samuel Paty taught. Paty was murdered for showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech. He condemns his murder and demands justice. “He is a martyr for freedom, and the Muslim community needs to wake up,” he says.


Tonight on TV. “France has an incredible talent”, on M6, has been remodeled a bit

“Do you miss the evenings at the shows? About a hundred artists come to you » , opportunely proclaims M6 to launch the new season of France has an unbelievable talent.

Already the fifteenth edition of this hook radio which invites all artistic disciplines. He restarted a month late, a case of Covid detected in the team at the end of the summer having disrupted the shooting.

Presented by Karine Le Marchand

Main novelty: Karine Le Marchand replaces David Ginola at the presentation. The host of Love is in the meadow introduces the candidates before they enter the stage. Like the four jurors, Marianne James, Hélène Ségara, Sugar Sammy and Eric Antoine, she will have, over the course of the season, the possibility of activating a Golden buzzer to send a candidate directly to the final.

On the bill tonight: a Versailles family who are fond of choral singing, a dance company that created its choreography in tribute to George Floyd during confinement, the usual ridiculous performances and a host who seems to be having fun in participating in a number. Entertaining. For the revolution, we will come back.

21 h 05.


Women must ban men from their lives altogether, says controversial French book

It is called Lesbian Genius and is the most controversial book of recent times in France. Written by Alice Coffin, the feminist activist who is an ecologist elected to councilwoman in Paris, she proposes “to eliminate men from our minds, images and representations”.

The author then explains that she has already eliminated what comes from men in her life: she doesn’t read books, she doesn’t listen to music, she doesn’t see films made by the opposite sex. We need, explains the author, “to eliminate men from our minds”. The reaction was immediate. Not from men (as the author would say, “who needs to hear from them?”), But from other French feminists. Marlène Schiappa, the former minister of gender equality for President Macron, accused Coffin of defending “a form of apartheid” in “dangerous” considerations. Sonia Mabrouk, a radio announcer, asked the author if she was not promoting “obscurantism” and a “form of totalitarianism”. The Catholic University of Paris, where he taught Coffin, refused to renew his contract.

France was where the postwar feminist theory developed and, more recently, saw the #MeToo movement generate controversy, as there were feminist activists against it. What is certain is that the homicide rate for domestic violence is quite high in the country, which now sees a younger generation reacting with greater fervor against these numbers. Macron has put in place measures to combat sexism and violence against women, but feminists considered more radical like Coffin do not value them, calling them timid. The real ‘war’ waged by men against women, argues Coffin, who gained new perspectives while studying in the United States, requires more militancy.

The councilwoman denounces the way in which power still protects predators and places herself in front of what appears to be a new French feminism. Agnès Poirier, author of a book on left-wing intellectuals, reacts by indicating that Simone de Beauvoir, the philosopher, writer and women’s rights activist in the early 20th century, would have found the crusade against men “totally ridiculous”. Beauvoir, who was bisexual and lived for decades in an open relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre, ran counter to conventions and gave a voice to French women, yet kept men and women in bed – and in social discussion.