The Financial Administration, the national tax authority, has been carrying out an inspection at ANO chief Andrej Babiš’s Agrofert company, the website of the weekly Respekt reported on Sunday. It said inspectors were also looking at the bonds that Mr. Babiš purchased from the firm in the past. Critics accuse him of buying crown bonds from Agrofert whose revenue is not taxable. For his part the ANO leader says the claims are part of an organised campaign against him.
If elections were held this month ANO would triumph with 31.5 percent ahead of the Social Democrats on 12 percent, suggests a new opinion poll conducted for Czech Television by the Kantar TNS polling agency and published on Sunday. Closing in on the Social Democrats are the right-wing Civic Democrats, who would receive 11.5 percent, the survey indicates. It also puts the alliance of the Christian Democrats and the Mayors and Independents on 10.5 percent, ahead of the 10 percent the two would need together to cross the threshold to enter the lower house. Elections are scheduled for October.
The head of the Social Democrats’ deputies group, Roman Sklenák, says the coalition parties should convene a meeting to consider a letter sent by ANO chief Andrej Babiš that was meant to explain how he purchased bonds in his Agrofert company. Mr. Sklenák said on Sunday that the explanation proffered was unsatisfactory and unacceptable. The issue has sharply divided the two biggest parties in the government and Social Democrats chief Bohuslav Sobotka has threatened to dismiss Mr. Babiš. Also speaking on Sunday, the Social Democrats' Jan Hamáček said the ANO leader should resign from the government himself.
Passengers on an Emirates flight were forced to change planes unexpectedly at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport on Saturday after their original Airbus A380 was hit by lightning, iDnes.cz reported. A substitute plane was sent from London to pick them up and it was the first time two Airbus A380s had ever been in Prague at the same time, the news site said. The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger plane.
The average salary of Czech state sector employees grew to CZK 28,393 last year, according to official government figures. It was a year-on-year rise of CZK 1,500 on the average in 2015 and around CZK 800 more than the average for all workers across the economy. The highest paid state employees were court prosecutors while teachers in the regions received the lowest pay.
The Czech ice hockey team have won the home Carlson Hockey Games after an 8:4 win over Sweden in České Budějovice on Saturday evening gave them an unassailable lead in the competition. The Czechs came from two goals behind in the second period against the Swedes to triumph in the final tournament in the Euro Hockey Tour series. The hosts were wearing retro strips recreating the outfits worn by the first Czechoslovak world champions from 1947.
Wreathes were laid on Saturday in the village of Javoříčko in Moravia at a monument to 38 local men who were murdered by the Nazis during WWII, Czech Television reported. The mass killing came on May 5, 1945, just days before the end of the war, in response to local people’s support for Soviet partisans. The Nazis later razed the majority of homes in the village, where only a few dozen people live today.
Events were held around the Czech Republic on Saturday marking International Dance Day. The gatherings included large-scale dances that members of the public were able to learn in advance via internet videos. The choreography was put together by leading dancers from the National Theatre. In Prague a mass event took place on the plaza Václav Havel Square, which is beside the National Theatre.
The beginning of May will see cooler weather and more rainfall than average for the time of year, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Daytime highs in the coming week are unlikely to exceed 14 degrees Celsius, the forecasters say. However, temperatures should then climb to the average for the time of year, rising to over 20 degrees Celsius in the week beginning May 22.
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