The head of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský has said an important
point is being missed when it comes to discussion of direct democracy in
the Czech Republic, including a general referendum bill promoted by Czech
parties such as ANO and Freedom and Direct Democracy.
He added he was slightly irritated by discussions on adopting direct democracy unless questions on why and under what circumstances and conditions it was needed were properly debated and answered first. He said no such discussion was taking place.
He made the comments in a debate on the 25th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s Constitution. Some have argued that instead of deepening democracy, such a general referendum bill could have the opposite effect.
Prague Castle has opened doors to the public to see state rooms which were
renovated over the course of the summer. The public will be able to visit
this Friday and Saturday (November 3 and 4).
Visitors will be able to see various rooms used to receive official guests, as well as smaller salons. Among the sites highlighted are a famous staircase from Matyáš Gate, the Cloakroom, the Throne Room, and the Brožík Drawing Room – all located in the Castle’s Southern wing.
More than 80 Roma students, at high schools and vocational schools,
officially received stipends on Friday from the NGO Romea. Recipients are
students whose study is threatened by poor domestic or financial
The stipend system covering the high school and vocational schools is in its second year and was founded by the NGO after repeated requests from parents in the Roma community. Stipends for high school students are 14,000 crowns per year and 21,000 for vocational school students.
The NGO already ran a program helping students at the university level.
The billionaire Daniel Křetínský's Energetický a průmyslový
(EPH) is aiming to buy the Plzeň-based company Škoda Transportation,
according to the daily Mladá fronta Dnes and the weekly Euro. The price of
the transaction has been estimated as worth more than 10 billion crowns
(some 390 million euros). According to a shareholder quoted, the deal could
be completed before the end of the year.
With 5,300 employees, Škoda Transportation is the largest mechanical engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe.
Former MP, former party deputy leader, and former Social Democrat governor
Michal Hašek has said he will not run for the party leadership when the
Social Democrats hold their convention. The politician left the top brass
of the party four years ago following a power struggle among leading
members. Then, the Social Democrats narrowly won the election then but
slipped to sixth spot this year with their poorest result since the 1990s.
The party is considering going into the opposition but Hašek warned the move could be a nail in the coffin.
Since the Social Democrats would not be the strongest opposition party, he said, it was questionable they would be able to attract enough attention. At the same time, he said he did not mean to imply the party should enter a coalition with this year’s election winner, ANO.
Czech composer and former head of the Czech Philharmonic, Václav
Riedlbauch, has died. His wife confirmed he had fought against illness for
Throughout his career Mr Riedlbauch authored numerous chamber and orchestral works including a ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre from 1984. Riedlbauch was 70 years old.
Jiří Drahoš, the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has
officially filed his candidacy with the Interior Ministry to run in the
presidential election in January 2018, with the deadline of November 7
looming. The presidential hopeful gathered more than 142,000 signatures for
his bid, a minimum 50,000 was needed.
The candidate said the total was even higher but that some 15,000 signatures were disqualified for irregularities.
Mr Drahoš told journalists that he wanted to serve his country and fight not only for the Czech Republic but also for “a better and safer Europe”. Since announcing his intention to run, betting agencies have had Mr Drahoš in first and second place against the incumbent, Miloš Zeman.
Czechs are amongst the main thieves in shops on the German side of the
border according to figures from the Bavarian police, Czech Television
Czechs are the second biggest group of foreign shoplifters after Romanians, according to the police statistics in one border region with the number of thefts up between 2015 and 2016
The most popular items to take are razor blades and other items from pharmacists and clothes. Two-thirds of all cases of thefts from shops were committed by Germans.
There were mixed results for Czech clubs in their Europa League
qualification group games on Thursday night.
Slavia Prague lost 0:2 at home to Spanish club Villarreal, their first defeat in the competition so far, but still slip to third place in the qualification group.
Viktoria Plzeň beat Italian club Lugano 4:1 and are now second in their Europa League group.
Zlín lost 0:3 to Copenhagen and with just two points in the group just a slim mathematical chance of going further in the competition.