The investment group PPF of Petr Kellner has signed an agreement on the
purchase of 100 percent shares in the Plzen engineering company Škoda
Transportation. The sales deal was confirmed by PPF spokeswoman Zuzana
Migdalová, though she did not specify how much PPF paid for the company.
According to the business news site ihned it was over 10 billion crowns. With its 5,300 employees, Škoda Transportation is the biggest transport engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe.
The president of the Czech Republic should coordinate his foreign trips
with the government, according to the eight presidential candidates who are
challenging incumbent head of state Miloš Zeman for the country’s top
In a poll conducted by the ctk news agency all of them said they would fully respect this. Many are openly critical of the fact that Miloš Zeman’ s activities and statements are not always in line with the government’s foreign policy, sending mixed signals abroad.
Under the Constitution of the Czech Republic, is it the government which moulds the country’s foreign policy, not the head of state.
The centre-right TOP 09 party is holding a two-day conference at which
delegates are expected to elect a new leadership. The party is also
analysing its poor showing in October’s general elections at which TOP 09
won 5.3 percent of the vote, which gave them just seven seats in the lower
The party’s outgoing leader Miroslav Kalousek has accepted responsibility for the election debacle and is not running for re-election. MEP Jiří Pospíšil, who recently joined the party, is seen as a hot candidate for the top post.
In his address to delegates, Mr. Kalousek said the party needed to address the problem of what he called the party’s poor regional network. The election of a new leadership is to take place on Sunday.
A police investigation has concluded that the sound engineer who played the
1968 protest song Prayer for Martha during one of President Zeman’s
meetings with the public in the town of Lipníku nad Bečvou had committed
The sound engineer who chose this way to protest against the policies of Miloš Zeman could be fined 15,000 crowns. The police presidium also said that the police action against the man had been justified.
The police forced their way into the man’s flat, stopped the music and took him away for questioning on the grounds that he had violated the right to assembly. The Czech Helsinki Committee protested against the police action.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said he will hand over his
government’s resignation on Wednesday, November 29th, i.e. after the
newly-elected Chamber of Deputies ends its consituting session. Prime
Minister Sobotka confirmed the date on Twitter on Friday.
President Miloš Zeman announced earlier that he would appoint ANO leader Andrej Babiš prime minister on December 6th, and would appoint his minority government on Friday, December 15th. The prime minister designate is expected to brief President Zeman on his cabinet line up next Tuesday.
Moscow has issued a sharp protest over the vandalizing of a statue of
Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague which was spray painted with the dates
1956, 1961, 1968 and 2017 earlier this week. The Russian Foreign Ministry
denounced the act as vandalism and an insult to those who had laid down
their lives in the liberation of Czechoslovakia.
The incident happened shortly after an offensive article appeared on a Russian web which said the Czech Republic should be grateful for the 1968 Soviet-led invasion which had brought the country 20 years of peace and stability. On a state visit to Russia, President Zeman protested against the insult to his country and Russian Prime Minister Medvedev publicly distanced himself from the article.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. After being present on several fronts in WWII, Konev was involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and was also present in Berlin for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Euro MP and former justice minister Jiří Pospíšil is set to be the next chairman of TOP 09 at the party’s congress at the weekend, taking over from one of the founders and current leader Miroslav Kalousek who is stepping down, news site iDnes reports. The party, which finished third in the national election in 2010, has since seen a massive drop in voters, registering just 5.31 percent of the vote in the election in October of this year. The party achieved its initial success under the leadership of Karel Schwarzenberg, former chancellor to Václav Havel and later foreign minister.
Prague’s High Court confirmed on Friday that Russian hacker Yevgeny
Nikulin can be extradited to the United States; the 30-year-old hacker was
arrested by Czech police in October 2016 on an international warrant. Mr
Nikulin is also sought by Moscow. Prague’s Municipal Court earlier ruled
that requests made by Russia and the US for extradition were both valid.
Mr Nikulin is wanted by the FBI in connection with a hack of LinkedIn in which the passwords of more than 100 million users of the professional networking service were compromised. Russia applied to have Nikulin extradited to Moscow in connection with a 2009 internet theft of 3,450 US dollars. The final extradition decision will be made by the Justice Minister; Mr Nikulin is reportedly considering filing a complaint with the Constitutional Court.
Lobbyist Roman Janoušek has filed a request with Prague’s Municipal
Court for the remainder of his prison sentence to be waived for health
reasons. His health has failed to improve and his sentence was aready put
on hold once.
Mr Janoušek was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for a hit-and-run while driving under the influence. He served part of his sentence from November 2014 to March 2016.