President Miloš Zeman continues to meet individually with members of the
proposed minority government led by Andrej Babiš, ahead of the
government’s official appointment next week.
Tomáš Hüner, set to be the next Industry and Trade Minister, met with the head of state at Lány Chateau on Sunday. He told journalists after the meeting that priorities for him were energetics, mineral resources and clean-up of environmental damages.
The new government is to be named on December 13.
Despite the annual Christmas carp sales, consumption of fish in the Czech
Republic keeps stagnating. According to the data of the Czech Statistical
Office, Czechs consumed 5.1kilos of fish per person last year, which was a
drop by 7.5 percent on the previous year and also the lowest figure since
Fish consumption in the Czech Republic remains to be one of the lowest in the European Union, where it amounts to around 11 kilograms per head. The amount recommended by the WHO is 17 kilograms of fish per head.
The Moravian-Silesian region in the north-east of the Czech Republic was
struck by a small earthquake at around 4 AM on Sunday. The epicenter of the
quake, with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale, was located near the
town of Hlučín, twelve kilometers below the ground level. No damages or
injuries were reported.
According to Jan Zedník of the Institute of Geophysics at the Czech Academy of Sciences, earthquakes are very rare in Moravia and Silesia. The strongest earthquake to have been felt in the region was in 1935 and measured four degrees on the Richter scale.
The Czech Republic and Saxony will repeatedly submit their nomination of
the mining region of Krušnohoří/Erzgebirge for UNESCO World Heritage
Site listing. The joint nomination will be signed on Monday by Czech
culture minister Daniel Herman and Saxony State interior minister Markus
The mountain region has been formed by 800 years of ore mining and processing and contains a number of unique historical mine shafts and other mining monuments.
The historical mining towns on both sides of the borders, including Jáchymov and Krupka in the Ore Mountains, have been seeking the prestigious label since 2014. The revised nomination will be submitted to the UNESCO committee at the beginning of 2018.
Around 10,000 people attended a concert of the legendary Czech rock band Olympic at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday night. The show, marking 55 years of the band’s existence, was attended by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic, whose first LP Želva came out in 1968, had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
The far-right Freedom and Democracy Party expressed indirect support to
president Miloš Zeman, who is running for re-election in January.
According to a resolution passed at the party congress on Saturday, the
future president should support direct democracy, fight for national
interests and against migration and islamization.
President Miloš Zeman, who delivered an opening speech at the party congress on Saturday, said he agreed with the party on most issues, with the exception of Czech exit from the EU. He also criticized them for not supporting Czech foreign military missions.
A number of Czech politicians, including former human rights minister Jiří Dientsbier and TOP09 leader Jiří Pospíšil have slammed president Miloš Zeman for appearing at the congress of the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.
Czech politicians, including former human rights minister Jiří
Dientsbier, have criticized president Miloš Zeman for his appearance at
the congress of the far-right Freedom anSeverald Direct Democracy Party on
On his Twitter account, Mr Dientsbier has described the president’s presence at the congress as "moral dirt". According to TOP09 chairman Jiří Pospíšil, the president is looking for support among extreme-right voters, which proves that he isn’t a pro-European politician.
The extradition proceedings of Czech fugitive businessman Radovan
Krejčíř in South Africa will continue in January next year. According to
the website IOL, Krejčíř told the court this week that, depending on the
outcome of the case, he was willing to form a plea bargain on two of his
local criminal cases.
The Czech crime boss is currently serving a 35-year-term in prison, after being found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing. He is currently accused of a series of other criminal charges, including murder. Krejčíř fled the Czech Republic in 2005 during a police search of his luxury home near Prague and later became one of the most notorious criminals in South Africa.
An avalanche warning is still in place in the Krkonoše mountains in north
of the Czech Republic. The grade two warning on a five-point scale was
issued on Tuesday.
Skiers and hikers have been cautioned not to stray from marked trails and follow weather reports. Some ten centimetres of fresh snow have fallen in the area over the past 48 hours and forecasters expect more snowfall in the days to come.