The Czech Republic lost their final game in the group stage of the World Ice Hockey Championships in France and Germany on Tuesday. The Czechs were beaten 3:1 by Switzerland in a match to decide second place. They now have to wait on the results of later games to learn who their next opponent will be and if their first knock-out game will be in Paris, where they are now, or Cologne.
Deputy prime minister and Christian Democrats chairman Pavel Bělobrádek has proposed that the BIS secret service examine leaked recordings featuring the voice of ANO leader Andrej Babiš. Mr. Bělobrádek suggested on Tuesday that the recordings, which have been posted online, could represent a threat to the essence of the Czech constitutional system. They appear to show Finance Minister Babiš giving orders to a journalist and being handed materials by the same reporter from an ongoing police investigation. The ANO boss says that they are fake and are part of a campaign against him.
The Social Democrats are considering fielding a candidate for the Czech presidency, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday. The party’s leader said the Social Democrats did not at present see any left-wing candidate who could stand up to the “power tandem” between President Miloš Zeman and ANO chief Andrej Babiš. Mr. Sobotka ruled out running himself. Mr. Zeman is a former leader of the Social Democrats but Mr. Sobotka said he had lost a lot of support in the party over his handling of the current government crisis. The president has refused to follow the PM’s call to dismiss Mr. Babiš as finance minister.
The Czech police have too few experts in computing to combat cyber crime, according to the supreme state attorney, Lenka Bradáčová. Speaking at the Senate on Tuesday, she said the state needed to find such specialists and pay them accordingly. Ms. Bradáčová said crime was moving online and that property crime conducted across borders and by anonymous perpetrators was not the only issue; privacy is also under threat while sexual crimes, including against children, are increasing, she said.
The Czech economy saw accelerated growth in the first quarter of this year, with GDP reaching 2.9 percent year-on-year. The information was released by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday. Analysts had expected slower growth, the Czech News Agency said. The figure was up from 1.9 percent in the final quarter of 2016. The rise has been attributed to stronger international demand supported by increasing household consumption.
The renovation of a Baroque complex and gardens in Kuks, Eastern Bohemia has earned the main prize in the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards. The director of the Czech National Heritage Institute, Naděžda Goryczková, picked up the prize in Turku, Finland. She said it represented an historic success for the Czech Republic as it was the first time a Czech project had received the honour.
A court in Greece has given two-and-a-half year sentences suspended for three years to two Czechs found guilty of espionage, Czech Television reported. Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta immediately appealed. The pair, who are software producers, were accused of filming by military installations near Greece’s border with Turkey in 2012 for the purposes of producing a video game. They say they were on holiday and merely took photographs and made videos as regular tourists.
US actor Casey Affleck is set to be one of the guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the organisers announced on Monday. He will receive the festival's President's Award and present A Ghost Story, the latest film by David Lowery, with whom he has also collaborated in the past. Affleck won a Best Actor Oscar this year for Manchester By the Sea. The Karlovy Vary film festival begins at the end of June.
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