An awakening in the Muslim world about the atrocities committed in the west's colonial past is feeding contemporary radicalisation of communities, said the Czech foreign minister on Wednesday.

In a dark speech that he described as brutal and difficult, Lubomír Zaorálek, the likely Social Democrat candidate for prime minister in the October elections, warned that the west had about 20 years to reach a settlement with the Muslim world.

Zaorálek was speaking at a Future of Europe Summit in Prague on the same day as his party met to decide who should lead it into the elections. It was expected to come with a complex deal whereby Bohuslav Sobotka, the unpopular prime minister, would not stand, leaving Zaorálek and interior minister Milan Chovanec in joint charge.

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