The Platform of European Memory and Conscience has said it has lodged
criminal cases against the last leading members of the Czechoslovak
communist party for crimes with the Brno-based Supreme Court.
The cases are based on the deaths of 28 people of various nationalities on the borders with the then West Germany and Austria before the end of the communist regime in 1989.
Among those targeted in the proceedings are the former communist party general secretary Miloš Jakeš and former interior minister and prime minister Lubomír Strougal.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš and the election leader for the Social Democrats
(ČSSD), Lubomír Zaorálek, are set for a pre-election head to head
television debate on the eve of voting.
The two have accepted to take part in a face to face debate on commercial broadcaster TV Nova on the evening of October 19, according to the station.
At the same time public broadcaster, Czech Television, will be culminating a series of three thematic debates that week with leaders of 10 parties tipped to win the most votes.
Zaorálek said he did not think it was normal for the two debates on private and commercial channels to take place at the same time. He added that he did not want to avoid a debate with ANO’s Babiš on the latter’s support for allowing more foreign workers into the country to fill gaps on the labour market.
Elections to the lower house should take place on October 20 and 21.
The international watchdog Social Watch has criticised the Czech Republic
for failing to clamp down on arms exports to authoritarian regimes such as
Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
In a press conference Thursday in Prague, the organisation said that the sales helped bolster regimes which oppressed their citizens and did not respect human rights. It also fuelled conflicts which fuelled emigration from such countries. The NGO observed that there are currently around 20 conflicts around the world with easy access to arms one of the fundamental factors in fuelling.
Five Czech researchers have been awarded prizes this year by one of the
country’s main grant institutions, the Czech Science Foundation.
The five comprise an informatician, biochemist, astronomer, archaeologist, and a hydro biologist.
Three of the winners are women, which the head of the foundation, Alice Valkárová, said was a promising pointer for the future.
The Czech potato harvest this year looks like being up to 15 percent down
on the excellent crop of 2016, according to the Czech Potato Association.
The crop this year looks as though it will total between 600,000 to 650,000 tonnes. That is down on the almost 700,000 tonnes collected in 2016. This year’s quality promises to be excellent, according to the association.
The crop looks especially good in the Czech potato heartland, the central Vysočina region, but other areas appear to have suffered from this year’s drought.
The Military Technical Institute (VTÚ) says that it has developed a
prototype device which can bring down drones out of the sky.
The device uses a type of net which is shot out over the drone to bring it down. The device was being tested this week with a view to start production next year.
The problem of drones invading space at airports or being sighted over prisons in the Czech Republic has become an increasing one in the country.
Around 500 drones are registered in the Czech Republic but around twice that number are believed to be operational.
Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, will be
seeking a pay rise of more than 10 percent next year, according to the
latest edition of the union’s weekly newspaper.
It said a bare 10 percent rise was insufficient. The article pointed out that an agreement with bosses on flexible working methods was up for negotiation soon ahead of the overall pay and conditions deal which runs till the end of March 2018.
Disagreement over flexible working would result in confusion across car plants, the article added. The average monthly wage is around 40,000 crowns at the moment.
The Social Democrat Party (ČSSD) has offered an out of court settlement to
clear up a massive debt owed to the party’s former lawyer, Czech Radio
Citing three separate sources, the broadcaster said a settlement of 180 million crowns had been offered to the descendants of Zdeňek Altner, the party’s former lawyer who helped it recoup its Prague headquarters.
A court previously ordered the party to pay 338 million crowns for failing to honour an agreement with the lawyer who has since died. The party has appeal that decision to the Supreme Court. Czech Radio said the deceased lawyer’s eldest son rejected the party’s offer.
The grape harvest in the Czech Republic this year should exceed that of
2016 growers say as the harvest begins to be taken in.
Growers expect grapes sufficient for around 580,000 hectolitres of grapes for wine to be brought in this Autumn, that’s around 15,000 hectolitres more than 2016.
Severe frost earlier in the year fuelled worries that the crop this year would be a poor one. The harvest is concentrated mostly in the South Moravian region.