The Christian Democrats say that if ANO finance minister Andrej Babiš does not explain questions surrounding his financial transactions they will expect the Social Democrat prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, to convene special coalition talks on the matter. The Christian Democrats’ deputy leader Jan Bartošek made the comment on a TV discussion show on Sunday. Mr. Bartošek did not specify what action the prime minister should take if Mr. Babiš fails to put forward proof that his finances are in order. Questions have been raised over how the billionaire finance minister managed to fund the purchase of bonds in his own company Agrofert.
The funeral of the former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church Cardinal Miloslav Vlk will take place at Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral next Saturday, church officials have said. The funeral mass will be served by Archbishop Dominik Duka, who succeeded Cardinal Vlk following his retirement in 2010. Miloslav Vlk died in Prague on Saturday at the age of 84 after suffering from lung cancer. His remains will be interred in the Archbishop’s Chapel at St. Vitus Cathedral.
The Czech Republic’s Gabriela Koukalová has won a small Crystal Globe in the Biathlon World Cup after coming second in the mass start event at a World Cup meeting in Oslo on Sunday. The overall World Cup title was won by Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier, who came ninth in Oslo. Koukalová, who is 27, is a two-time World Championship winner and won two silver medals at the last Winter Olympics.
A Czech citizen wanted by police in the Czech Republic is facing deportation from New Zealand but only after serving a punishment for smuggling five kilogrammes of material used to produce the illegal drug ecstasy, the Czech News Agency reported, quoting the New Zealand Herald. Karel Šroubek is sought in connection with a murder in the Czech Republic in 2003. He says he fled to New Zealand, where he made us of the different name Jan Antolík, to escape from police pressure to provide false evidence over the murder. Šroubek will be deported once his five-year prison sentence on drugs charges, which was handed down last year, comes to an end.
The Czech Republic is set to pledge CZK 25 million toward the post-war reconstruction of Iraq, the Czech News Agency reported. The country’s minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, will make the pledge at a meeting of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS in Washington on Wednesday. The Czech government is set to approve the figure in the coming days. Mr. Zaorálek says the money will go toward decontamination efforts, demining and the destruction of unexploded ordinance. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants the money to come from the reserves of the Ministry of Finance, which in turn wants the former to cover the amount.
The Christian Democrats and the Mayors and Independents group have both ratified a deal under which they will contest this autumn’s general elections together. After the Mayors’ leadership voted for the creation of an electoral coalition on Saturday it was approved by the Christian Democrats. The Christian Democrats will lead the joint ticket in eight regions, with the Mayors heading the campaign in the remaining six. The latter had previously cooperated with the right-wing party TOP 09.
Tributes have been paid to Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, who died on Saturday. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka described the cardinal as a respected man who was not afraid to follow his conscience. The chairman of the Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, said that he had had a difficult task in helping the church come to terms with the results of Communist dictatorship and find a place in democratic society after 1989. Culture Minister Daniel Herman, who had been Cardinal Vlk’s secretary in the 1990s, said he was among the greatest figures he had had the honour to know.
The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecká has once again won the big Crystal Globe in the Snowboard World Cup. Ledecká’s second place in the parallel slalom in the alpine section of the competition at the German resort of Winterberg on Saturday – the final event of the season – gave her an overall victory on points.
The former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, has died at the age of 84. His successor in that post, Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka, announced the news on his Twitter account on Saturday. Cardinal Vlk had been suffering from lung cancer. He was ordained in June 1968 during the Prague Spring but had his license to minister revoked in the late 1970s and worked as a window cleaner in Prague while also conducting underground services. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Prague in 1991 and made him a cardinal three years later. Miloslav Vlk stepped down as head of the Czech Roman Catholic church in 2010.
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