The acting Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would like to reach an agreement
with the Social Democratic Party on the division of ministerial portfolios
in a prospective coalition government by the end of next week. The ANO
leader made the announcement on Sunday after meeting with president Miloš
Zeman at the Lány Chateau.
Mr Babiš said that president Zeman acknowledged the fact that the leadership of ANO had decided to renew the possibility of cooperation in a future minority government with the Social Democrats, adding that there was no reason to protract the talks.
Talks between ANO and the Social Democrats collapsed last week after ANO refused to give up either the Finance Ministry or Interior Ministry portfolio. President Miloš Zeman subsequently recommended Andrej Babiš approach the communist party and Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy Party to create a government. However, some ANO members have said they could not stomach a deal involving the anti-European and anti-migrant party.
The United States have thanked the Czech Republic for supporting the
strikes on Syria carried out by the US, Britain and France on Saturday
night, the Foreign Ministry told the Czech News Agency on Sunday.
Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický on Saturday night spoke on the phone with US acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan, who informed him about the details of the attack. Mr Sullivan also told Mr Stropnický that considered the Czech Republic a reliable ally.
The US, UK and France have carried out air and missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack last Saturday.
The Czech Republic claims debts worth 29.6 billion crowns in foreign
countries, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing figures
released in a report by the Financial Ministry. Last year, that figure
stood at 38.2 billion.
Communist Cuba is the biggest owner, with its debt from civilian loans including interest reaching seven billion crowns. The report will be presented to the government on Wednesday.
The US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is scheduled to play a concert in Brno
on Sunday night. The 76-year-old Nobel Prize-winner has performed in the
Czech Republic repeatedly, but it is his first concert in the south
Dylan’s last concert in the capital was in July 2014, while he performed in Ostrava in 2008. According to organizers, Sunday’s concert in Brno’s Vodova City Hall has been sold-out completely.
Prague's biggest funfair Matějská pouť at the city’s
Výstaviště exhibition grounds comes to a close on Sunday. The fair,
which kicked off seven weeks ago, offered more than 110 attractions, from
bumper cars, a roller coaster that runs over water to shooting galleries.
In the past years, the event attracted between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors annually. The highest attendance, over 215,000 visitors, was recorded in 2011.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the upcoming week should remain considerably higher than average for the time of year. According to a long-term forecast from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, we can expect temperatures reaching up to 25 degrees Celsius in the second half of next week. Temperatures will return back to long-time average, ranging between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius, in the next three-week period.
The number of Czech scouts has increased by about one third since 2006 to
over 60,500, according to the data released by the Czech Scouting Movement
Junák on Saturday. The most significant increase, by about 2,700, was
recorded last year.
There are currently 2,148 scouting clubs all over the Czech Republic. The highest number of scouts is in the South Moravian region, followed by Central Bohemia, and Prague.
The Czech scouting movement was established in 1912 and was banned three times during their history, first by the Nazis and then twice by the Communist regime.
Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová called an emergency meeting of the
National Security Council over the situation in Syria on Saturday. She said
after the meeting that the country's security was not threatened by
Ms Šlechtová said after the meeting that the US, UK and France have clearly shown that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and that the consequences of attack on civilians have been minimized. She also said that the Czech soldiers taking part at the UN peace mission in the Golan Heights and the Czechs working at the embassy in Damascus were safe.