Acting Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has rejected a demand by Social
Democrats that the coalition agreement between the two parties should
include a guarantee requiring any government found guilty in a
first-instance court verdict to resign.
The Social Democrats pushed for the clause not least because Mr Babiš faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. On Monday, Mr Babiš said he saw no reason for such a demand, attempting to turn the argument on its head, questioning whether the Social Democrats would “leave” the government if the charges ended up being dropped.
The prime minister said he had heard he was charged a thousand times and was “allergic to it by now”, news site iDnes reported.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) this year will pay
homage to the late Czech-born director Miloš Forman, organisers revealed
on Monday. The opening film at the festival will be Forman’s film Loves
of a Blonde, KVIFF president Jiří Bartoška confirmed.
Actor Jaromír Hanzlík, meanwhile, will receive the festival’s President’s award award honouring his contribution to Czech cinema.
On Monday, organisers revealed the new logo designed by the respected design studio Studio Najbrt.
Iraq has offered the Czech Republic close cooperation between the
country’s secret services in the fight against terrorism. The Middle
Eastern country is still dealing with the impact of the so-called Islamic
State and is interested in Czech logistics help and technical expertise as
well as the training of fighter pilots.
The Czech Republic could also help in the treatment of injured soldiers and civilians, Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová confirmed after meeting with her Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali.
Around 50 Czech military personnel are currently serving in Iraq, providing training for personnel on the service of Czech-made L-159 fighter jets, defense against weapons of mass destruction, and training police officers.
The head of the state-insurer VZP, Zdeněk Kabátek, will receive a bonus
of 1.215 million crowns for 2017, 90 percent of the maximum possible
amount, Zdeněk Hřib, a member of the administrative board confirmed on
He said the original recommendations of 100 percent and 95 percent had not found backing.
The head of the VZP earns a gross monthly wage of 225,000 crowns per month.
VZP is the country’s largest insurer, providing coverage for 5.9 million people.
The Czech Republic’s famous Karlštejn Castle, located near Beroun
outside of Prague, is to be renovated at the cost of some 95 million
According to the Czech News Agency, 85 percent of the costs will be covered by EU funds.
The head of the National Heritage Institute Naďa Goryczková said on Monday that the castle would remain open during the renovation project although some parts of the site would periodically have to remain closed.
The renovation of Karlštejn will include the creation of a modern visitors’ centre.
The Gothic castle, founded by Holy Roman Emperor and King Charles IV in 1348, one of the most visited sites outside the capital. Historically, the castle served as a place for safekeeping of the Bohemian crown jewels and other royal treasures.
Cardinal Josef Beran’s remains were interred in their final resting place
at St. Vitus Cathedral on Monday evening. His remains were transferred to
the Czech Republic last week - decades after their return was blocked by
the former communist regime.
The cardinal died in 1969 and his last wish was that his remains be returned to his homeland.
Cardinal Beran's coffin arrived by military plane last Friday and church bells across Prague were rung to mark the historic occasion. During his life and after, the cardinal came to symbolize opposition to totalitarianism.
His coffin will not be buried below ground but be placed in a new sarcophagus within the cathedral.
Hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins made it a miserable night for opponents
the Philadelphia Flyers and in particular goalie Michal Neuwirth who
probably wishes he could have a do-over.
The Czech stopped 20 shots by the Pens but allowed seven goals in a game which finished 8-5 in favour of the defending Stanley Cup champions. The win means the Penguins move forward to the second round. The series tally was 4-2.
The Penguins are aiming to be the first NHL team since Al Arbour's New York Islanders in the early 1980s to win the Stanley Cup three times in a row.
Hundreds of attendees, including members of the Czech film industry and
other public figures, packed Prague's historic Municipal House on
Sunday evening for a special screening of the film Amadeus. The screening
was to honour the film's director Miloš Forman, who died on April 13
at the age of 86.
The screening of the 3.5 hour director's cut was held in Smetana Hall. Amadeus is considered by some to be Forman's greatest masterpiece.
Ahead of the screening, the Prague Symphony Orchestra performed the overture to Don Giovanni and part of Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D major, conducted by Tomáš Brauner. A previously unreleased documentary about Forman made by students from FAMU in 1998 was also shown.
Forman was one the best directors to come out of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s. He won two Academy Awards for best director, one of them for Amadeus, the other for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.