The renowned Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek died on Thursday at the age of 91. The news was confirmed by the head of the National Film Archive Michal Bregant. Zoubek is known for numerous important works, including a memorial to the victims of the communist regime at Prague's Újezd. In 1969, Mr Zoubek cast the death mask of student Jan Palach, who used self-immolation to protest against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The possible investor in the new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka should be either the owner, energy giant CEŽ, or the state, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said. Three financial proposals (or variants) on the completion of the new unit are on the table, following a meeting of the Standing Committee for Nuclear Energy on Thursday. According to Mr Sobotka, the final proposal could be chosen at the latest by early 2018.
Ambassador Martin Povejšil, the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU, has said that negotiations between the European Union and Great Britain should be carried out in a manner that should not escalate tensions and which would leave neither side with lingering feelings of injustice that – in the long term – could damage mutual relations. Mr Povejšil added that the negotiations should also in no way negatively impact NATO, of which 22 European countries are members. The ambassador discussed the looming Brexit negotiations at the Prague European Summit which wraps up in the capital on Thursday.
Meteorologists have warned of high UV radiation from the sun over the coming days, in particular this Thursday and Sunday at around noon. According to experts, people should limit exposure out of doors, use sunscreen with a factor of at least 30, and wear sunglasses with UV filters. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute warned that the level of ozone over the Czech Republic in the coming days would range from normal to extraordinarily low. The UV index is measured at three sites in the Czech Republic: in Hradec Králové and the areas of Pelhřimov and Znojmo.
Twenty-two people have been charged in connection with drug smuggling into a Příbram prison; 12 of those charged are prisoners. Among the suspects are friends and relatives of prisoners at the jail. Five of the accused are women; if found guilty, the suspects, between the ages of 21 and 63, face a sentence of up to 10 years.
The Prague European Summit, an international event held for the third time in the capital, entered its final day on Thursday with discussion by expert panels focussing on the future of the EU and the expected political and economic impact of Brexit. The Deputy Chairman of the European Commission Hans Timmermans and Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, were among the scheduled speakers. Over the course of three days, foreign guests and key local figures focused on issues ranging from EU common security and defense to trans-Atlantic relations.
During his visit to Great Britain on Friday, President Miloš Zeman will meet with not only the queen but also with Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, although the main focus will be his audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Czech president’s meeting with Mr Johnson will focus on Brexit – Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU – and bilateral relations. The news was confirmed by Rudolf Jindrák of the president’s office. There was also reportedly an interest by the Czech side for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, but that proved too difficult to arrange following the complex political situation after the recent snap election, the Czech News Agency wrote.
President Miloš Zeman says he received an invitation to visit the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II from her son Prince Edward in 2017. Mr. Zeman said he was very glad that Friday’s audience with the monarch was taking place at Buckingham Palace. He said Prince Edward had made the invitation in 2013, shortly after he became the Czech Republic’s head of state. While in London Mr. Zeman will also meet a number of Czech WWII veterans.
There have been mixed reactions to Bohuslav Sobotka’s decision to step down on Thursday as chairman of the Social Democrats. ANO boss Andrej Babiš, who was recently sacked by Mr. Sobotka as minister of finance, said he was abandoning a sinking ship. Mr. Babiš said he had been looking forward to taking on his rival “like men” in October’s elections. By contrast, Christian Democrats chairman Pavel Bělobrádek said Mr. Sobotka had taken a strong step and had his admiration. For his part, the leader of the Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, said the Social Democrats were trying to evade responsibility for their actions by coming up with “desperate tricks”.
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