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Newsline: Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic consider moving their embassies to Jerusalem

The President of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Romania, Liviu Dragnea, is proposing the move of the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Speaker of the Parliament apparently did not consult the foreign ministry in making a statement to this effect. Despite the expression of dismay from Romania’s Deputy Foreign Minister Amal Jado. According to Jado, the move would be against international law and would break ranks with UN Security Council Resolution 478 and the European Union. However, Romania already broke ranks with the European Union on December 21st, abstaining from the General Assembly vote that condemned US President Donald Trump for moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Romania was joined by the Visegrad Four — Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic — as well as Croatia and Latvia. Dragnea insists this is a practical move since the government of Israel seats in Jerusalem. Officially, Romania is still committed to a two-state solution in the Middle East. Romania is not alone. Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely has a list of ten countries Israel hopes will follow Washington’s lead. On Thursday the Times of Israel published a number of countries included on the list, including three EU member states: Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/romania-slovakia-czech-republic-consider-moving-embassies-jerusalem/

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Newsline: Trump Ambassador to Czech Republic Beat and ‘Kidnapped’ Woman in Watergate Cover-Up

American presidents have a long history of awarding ambassadorships to colorful characters as a way to thank them for their campaign donations. Roughly a third of U.S. ambassadors have no diplomatic experience beyond rounding up cash for successful presidential candidates. Among them is Stephen King, 76, a longtime confidante and booster of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is the new U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. King, who is also a former business partner of Ryan’s brother Tobin, has no diplomatic experience and had never spent a day in Prague before taking up his post there on December 7. Radio Prague, the official state news outlet, called him “a rich Republican businessman…who worked for the FBI early in his career.” Left unsaid was that King played a crucial role in the 1972 Watergate affair—and not a good one. According to several accounts over the years, King helped cover up ties between President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign and the burglars arrested inside the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex—and in a particularly violent fashion. None of that came up during his confirmation hearing. In June 1972, King was an ex-FBI agent working as a security aide for the Committee to Re-elect the President, or CREEP, Nixon’s campaign arm. His duty on the week of the break-in was to protect—and keep a close eye on—Martha Mitchell, the talkative wife of Nixon’s campaign director and former attorney general John Mitchell, while the Mitchells were on a campaign swing in California. An outspoken Arkansan dubbed “the Mouth of the South” in press reports, Martha Mitchell had been complaining vaguely to anyone who would listen about campaign operatives carrying out “dirty tricks” against the Democrats. So when she learned that James McCord, the security director of CREEP, who had served as her bodyguard, was among those arrested at the Watergate—and described by her husband as a private security contractor who was “not operating either on our behalf or with our consent”—she picked up the telephone and called a favorite reporter, UPI’s Helen Thomas. Enter King. He “rushed into her bedroom, threw her back across the bed, and ripped the telephone out of the wall,” wrote veteran Washington reporter Winzola McLendon in her 1979 biography of Martha Mitchell, to whom she was close. But Thomas was still on the phone and taking notes. “The conversation ended abruptly when it appeared someone took away the phone from her hand,” Thomas reported. “She was heard to say, ‘You just get away.’” A veteran crime reporter, Kramer described Mitchell as “a beaten woman,” with “incredible” black and blue marks on her arms from what looked like a “totally professional job.” A later account in McCall’s magazine said that King “summoned” a doctor who gave Mitchell “a tranquilizing shot” and “[saw] to it that no more of her outgoing calls [would] be taken by the hotel switchboard.” When Mitchell learned that King had been promoted to security chief for the campaign, she wrote a letter to Parade magazine, the Sunday newspaper supplement, saying that he “not only dealt me the most horrible experience I have ever had, but inflicted bodily harm upon me.” Mitchell told The New York Times. “I was not only kidnapped but I was threatened at gunpoint, and you can put that in.” During his August 1 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, King was not asked about his role in allegedly roughing up Mitchell to keep her from exposing McCord’s connection to CREEP. On Monday, King said, “With due respect to the privacy of the Mitchell family and in light of previous responses I have given to these allegations in decades past, I do not wish to comment further on this old story.”

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-watergate-stephen-king-martha-mitchell-richard-nixon-john-744823

Newsline: Czech Republic denies embassy transfer to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic affirmed commitment to the European Union’s policy regarding the Palestinian issue and the status of the city of Jerusalem and denied media reports of embassy transfer. According to a statement issued by the Czech Republic foreign ministry, Jerusalem is considered by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union as the future capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. The statement by the Czech Foreign Ministry stated that the Czech Republic had recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel before the signing of the peace agreement and didn’t adopt the new American position, or the Israeli claim, of the whole of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “We did not formally consider it as the capital, so as not to preempt the solution that the two sides must reach,” the Czech minister said.

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=HMpJhpa95529352116aHMpJhp

Newsline: Czech Republic Wants to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic said Thursday evening that it supported U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that his country unilaterally recognizes Jerusalem to be the Israeli capital. President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman stated that now that the American president “proceeded in accordance with his election promise,” he is “truly happy.” Zeman added that as he proclaimed during his visit to the Jewish state four years earlier, he “would appreciate the transfer of the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, and had it happened, we would have been the first to do so.”

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.827662

Newsline: Wife’s Tweet Rampage Costs Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Switzerland His Job

The Czech Republic’s ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Karel Boruvka, has been dismissed because of his wife’s activities on social networks, Lidovky.cz reported. Czechia’s ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein has been recalled to Prague thanks to the tweets of his outspoken wife, whose eagerness to share her thoughts on social networks has led to her husband’s dismissal. Karel Boruvka told Lidovky.cz that he was informed of the reason for his removal by Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek. Rather than serving in Bern until the end of his four-year term next summer, he has been ordered to return home by the end of the month. “Without any justification, I have been informed that I have to leave my post by April 30. From my personal communication with the (foreign) minister, I was accused of not being able to restrain my wife and her communications on social networks and that is the reason for my immediate dismissal,” Boruvka told Lidovky.cz. Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Lagronov confirmed that Boruvka has been ordered to return to Prague. “The head of the embassy is stepping down, in accordance with the law on state service. This can be done at any time for any reason,” Lagronov said. Alena Boruvkova’s prolific tweeting got her husband fired in less than two days: she posted her first tweet on March 30. ​One of Boruvkova’s most explosive tweets accused a government minister of having an affair with another civil servant, Lidovky.cz reported. That tweet has since been deleted. She also criticized the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary as an “idle babbler.” On Friday, Boruvkuva took to Twitter again to protest against her husband’s dismissal, in which she saw “clear sexual harassment.”

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201704011052186700-czech-ambassador-switzerland-tweets/

Newsline: France replaces ambassador to Czech Republic after visa scandal

France has replaced its ambassador Charles Malinas to the Czech Republic, who held the post from last August, with Roland Galharague, who was appointed on February 10, according to the embassy’s Internet page. Mondafrique server puts the change in connection with a scandal with the granting of French visas to the citizens of the Central African Republic, where Malinas was ambassador before he was moved to Prague. According to the server, the French embassy issued hundreds of visas to Central Africans without checking them duly. The case was uncovered a few months ago when the French anti-terrorism forces detained a group of radical Muslims, who arrived in France from the Central African Republic. It writes that the practice was covered up personally by Malians and that the French Foreign Ministry is investigating the case. It is not ruled out that Malinas sought personal enrichment. He had to leave Prague in December already. Malinas officially assumed the post last October.

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/03/28/france-replaces-ambassador-czech-republic-after-half-year

Newsline: Czech President, Foreign Ministry disagree on work of Embassy in Kiev

The Foreign Ministry backed the Czech Embassy in Kiev in reaction to President Milos Zeman’s criticism of its work on Saturday in connection with the applications of Volhynian Czechs for repatriation. The ministry’s spokeswoman Johana Grohová said the ministry has no trustworthy information that would challenge the work of the embassy. Zeman said on Saturday he is deeply dissatisfied with the embassy’s work in connection with the Volhynain Czechs. He said the embassy does not have a good attitude toward them. Czech ambassador to Ukraine Ivan Pocuch told iDNES.cz server he only learned about the repatriation applications from media and meetings with Czech representatives. The Foreign Ministry said if there were any information about the embassy’s mistakes and if it were confirmed, it would take corresponding steps. It added it closely monitors the situation in Ukraine.

http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/41925-formin-backs-embassy-in-kiev