The Czech Republic announced that it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats who it has identified as spies in a case related to a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014.
The Czech Republic has a tiny Muslim minority of 0.2 percent and yet they have been at the receiving end of increasing hate crimes.
Why does Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, also known as Czech Donald Trump, lean towards the US, while the country's President Milos Zeman pursues strong ties with China?
The move comes following year-long campaign by the United States to restrict the use of Chinese technology at home and abroad.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman to apologise after he made a joke about journalists being murdered, alluding to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
Milos Zeman, 73, a veteran of Czech politics is known for his pro-Russia stance, support for closer ties with China, and strong anti-migrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The election mirrors divisions between more socially liberal and conservative camps that have featured in votes around Europe and also the United States.
The Czech presidential election will go to a run-off after the country's incumbent Milos Zeman won the first round against his rival Jiri Drahos.
Milos Zeman is the favourite in the presidential election with his anti-immigration views. But his critics worry he's too focused on keeping warm relations with Russia and China.
ANO party leader, Andrej Babis, a billionaire populist dubbed the "Czech Trump", has secured 29.6 percent support or 78 parliament seats in the elections.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is to submit the Czech government's resignation to the president over revelations that his coalition partner failed to pay taxes.
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