Members of the public will be able to pay their last respects to conductor Jiří Bělohlávek on June 7, at Prague’s Rudolfinum between 2pm and 5pm. The funeral will be a private affair. The family has requested that condolences be sent to the Czech Philharmonic. Jiří Bělohlávek died this week at the age of 71 after a serious illness.
It is entirely up to the Czech Republic whether it will see fit to scrap
the post-war Benes decrees, the head of the Sudeten German Homeland
Association (Sudeten German Landsmannschaft ), Berndt Posselt said on
Friday on the eve of the association’s annual meeting. Mr. Posselt said
that he personally hoped to see the decrees scrapped one day. The said
decrees sanctioned the expulsion of Sudeten Germans and Hungarians from
Czechoslovakia after World War II and the confiscation of their property.
The leader of the Czech Christian Democratic Party, Pavel Bělobrádek, will attend the meeting of the Sudeten German Landsmannschaft together with Culture Minister Daniel Herman. MPs from the Communist Party have criticized the decision describing it as a “provocation” at a time when Czechs will be marking the anniversary of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and the atrocities that followed.
Year-on-year, the Czech economy advanced 2.9 percent after growing by 1.9 percent in the previous period, matching preliminary estimates, the Czech Statistics Office reported. It was the strongest growth rate since the second quarter of 2015, mainly due to rising foreign and household demand. Exports were up year-on-year by 5.4 percent, driven mainly by automobiles and electronics.
One of the greatest composers of the latter half of the twentieth century, Krzysztof Penderecki, will bring this year’s Prague Spring Music Festival to a close with his monumental work Seven Gates of Jerusalem (Symphony No. 7) on Friday night. He will be conducting the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The 72nd Prague Spring Music Festival, which offered music lovers over forty concerts in different Prague venues, was marked by the death this week of the world renowned Czech conductor Jiří Belohlávek.
British architectural historian Barbara Peacock who cofounded the Friends of Czech Heritage fund to help restore the Czech Republic’s architectural heritage told the ctk news agency she would appreciate more volunteers from the Czech Republic. The vast majority of volunteers are British nationals who travel to the Czech Republic to help with the restoration of Czech castles and chateaux, gardens and landmarks and it would be good to have more mixed groups and interaction with Czech enthusiasts, Mrs. Peacock said. She had devoted much of her time these last ten years to help restore the Czech Republic’s architectural heritage and was recently honoured with a Point of Light Award by Prime Minister Theresa May for her work.
Speed skater Martina Sábliková will receive a state award for her outstanding representation of the Czech Republic, President Miloš Zeman said in an interview for commercial TV Barrandov. The president rarely discloses the names of people he intends to honour with awards on occasion of the country’s state holiday on October 28 in advance. Sáblikova has five Olympics medals, including three gold, 17 world champion titles and 11 victories in the world cup.
Czech leaders have criticised President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris global climate accord. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Twitter that abandoning the climate deal simply because it would temporarily afford a more comfortable life was a mistake. Mr. Sobotka said President Trump’s decision was a bad blow to the Paris agreement, but would not destroy it. This sentiment was echoed by Environment Minister Richard Brabec, who said the US president’s decision was bad news for the international community and environmental protection efforts.
The threat of media abuse in the Czech Republic will persist until ANO leader Andrej Babiš sells the media (Mafra media group) which he acquired in 2013 and put in a trust fund in order to meet a strict conflict of interest law, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists in connection with the European Parliament debate on the issue. Mr. Sobotka noted that the fact that the matter had been debated on a pan-European platform could only damage the country’s reputation. The prime minister recently dismissed Andrej Babiš from the post of finance minister on suspicion of tax dodging and attempts to influence media coverage. The move caused a drawn-out government crisis.
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