The ČEZ Group is no longer the general partner of the Karlovy Vary
International Film Festival, organisers revealed on Friday.
According to reports, the energy giant backed out of further cooperation before the start of this year. ČEZ was the key partner for the last 16 years – since 2002.
The company cited economic results as the reason it could no longer serve in its previous capacity.
The annual KVIFF takes place between June 29 and July 7.
Alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, whose extradition is being sought
by both the United States and Russia, does not have the right to asylum in
the Czech Republic on humanitarian grounds, Prague’s Municipal Court
ruled on Friday.
The decision is binding and Mr Nikulin could challenge it only by filing a cassation complaint with the Supreme Administrative Court.
Judge Dana Černá said the court had deemed the “only reason” Mr Nikulin had filed for asylum was to avoid extradition. In the US he is suspected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox, while the Russian authorities have charged him with Internet theft. He was arrested in Prague in 2016.
The leadership of the Communist Party has said it considers resolving
negotiations on the forming of a new government a top priority. According
to the Communists, the current government in resignation, which failed its
confidence vote in January, would be a “source of instability”.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that ANO was now putting all its focus into negotiations with the Social Democrats with whom the party hopes to enter into an apparent minority which could benefit from tacit support from the Communists.
Concrete barriers have gone up in parts of the Czech capital to boost
security at sites holding Easter markets. Barriers preventing entry by
trucks or vans, which could potentially be used in terrorist attacks, went
up at the start of Opletalova Street.
Barriers have already been up long-term on Prague’s Old Town Square.
The winter of 2017/2018 is one of the warmest in the Czech lands since the
end of the 18th century, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has said.
According to the institute, the average temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius
tabulated for the winter months was three degrees higher than the long-term
average of 0 degrees Celsius.
Data has been calculated at Prague’s Klementinum since 1775. The warmest of winters ever recroded was in 2006/2007, when the average temperature was 5.8 degrees Celsius.
The ongoing reconstruction of the D1 highway will take a year longer than
originally expected to complete, Transport Minister Dan Ťok has said,
confirming that the 2020 deadline would not be met due to delays in some
The beginning of some projects would be delayed by half a year to up to one year, the minister said. Some construction permits were challenged by the environmental organization Friends of the Earth.
The D1, connecting Prague and Brno, is one of the main highways in the country. By completion, its renovation is expected to cost 19 billion crowns.
President Miloš Zeman has said he was deeply offended by an institute
founded by his predecessor Václav Klaus, when it issued criticism of the
head of state for parts of his recent inaugural address. He made the
statement on Thursday on TV Barrandov, where the president appears with
The Václav Klaus Institute had criticized the inaugural address as an
inappropriate vehicle for what it called his vengeful settling of accounts
with his opponents; during the speech the president criticized businessman
Zdeněk Bakala and journalists who work for the Economia group as well as
The institute is not alone in criticizing the president for his speech: some lawmakers walked out even before it was over and students and other citizens have taken part in demonstrations around the country taking issue with Mr Zeman’s singling out of journalists and public broadcaster Czech TV.
The Czech Catholic Church and Forum for Czech Tourism have signed a
memorandum aimed at boosting church and monastery tourism in the country.
The two sides have pledged to cooperate in boosting such tourism both for Czech and foreign visitors. The cooperation should cover joint promotions and partnership on special projects.
Temporary stays at monasteries are already offered for those not seeking a long term religious sanctuary.
The last Czech football team in European competitions, Viktoria Plzeň, has
been eliminated from the Europa League and hopes of getting through to the
Plzeň clawed back a two goal deficit from the away leg against Sporting Lisbon at home on Thursday night thanks to two gaols from Marek Bakoš. But Sporting Lisbon found the net in extra time to dash the West Bohemian club’s hopes.
Lisbon had earlier hit the post and missed a penalty in regular time.