Leader of the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD) Tomio Okamura met
with Czech head of state Miloš Zeman on Thursday.
According to Okamura, they agreed that a government based on the ANO party supported by the communists and SPD should be sealed at the latest by June.
Okamura, whose party has a pronounced anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, and anti-EU stance, said most of the policy details had already been agreed with ANO, led by Andrej Babiš.
He said that a referendum result on international treaties, such as those attaching the Czech Republic to the EU and NATO, might have to be agreed by the Czech parliament. The format of possible referenda is one of the main dividing lines between ANO and the SPD.
The Pirate Party has outlined a proposed law aimed at outlawing the
practice of politicians to culminate posts and the pay and allowances that
go with them.
The proposal set out by the Pirates would, for example, prevent members of parliament from also holding office with regional authorities or local councils. It would also prevent politicians at various levels from having seats on the boards of municipal or state companies.
The pay and allowances that some Czech politicians accumulate in this way often tops more than 200,000 crowns a month.
The Pirates say they have indications of support for the move from the ANO party and Social Democrats.
Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has described a free trade
agreement with checks and controls as a possible end scenario for a final
deal on a visit to Prague.
Barnier said that as Britain did not want to respect the full four EU freedoms or come under the European Court of Justice, then this would imply checks on the movement of people and goods at borders.
Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš said it is satisfied with the development of negotiations so far. He stressed that Britain is an export market for the Czech Republic and it was therefore important for trade relations to be as free as possible.
Barnier said around three-quarters of a final deal have been resolved with the outstanding issues the border between Northern Ireland and the republic and the final body to police the final agreement.
Train traffic on one of the main Czech routes between Prague and Plzeň was
disrupted Thursday when an express train to Munich ploughed into dozens of
The incident happened on the stretch of line between Zdice and Hořovice. None of the passengers were injured.
Traffic on the same route was disrupted a few years ago when a goat fell from cliffs near Beroun onto electric lines alongside the track. It did not survive.
Czech-based software security and protection company Avast has announced
plans to launch shares on the London stock exchange this year with the
target of raising around 200 million US dollars.
The anti-virus company says it wants to ease its debt burden and create room for further growth. The share offer is likely to be targeted at institutional investors.
Avast took a major step towards boosting its worldwide position by taking over the rival company AVG in 2016.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, increased deliveries
in the first quarter of the year by 11.7 percent to total 316,700 vehicles.
In March, deliveries climbed by 10.7 percent to 120,200. Key markets such as China, Russia, and Western Europe were strong.
High demand was shown for the Octavia series as well as the new Kodiaq SUV.
The bankrupt Poldi Steelworks was auctioned on Thursday for 261 million
The former jewel of Czech steelmaking at Kladno has been closed for years and been in insolvency since the end of 2017. The winning bid came from Stanislav Kraslavski, who is based in Switzerland. He said he wanted to restart production as soon as possible.
The starting level for bidding was 160 million crowns with the estimated value of the assets given as 180 million crowns.
President Miloš Zeman will meet with Tomio Okamura, leader of the
anti-migrant Freedom and Direct Democracy party, at Lány Chateau on
Thursday. They will discuss the party’s potential support for a minority
ANO party government headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The Czech head of state recommended that ANO leader Andrej Babiš rely on support from the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Communists after coalition talks with the Social Democrats collapsed last week.
The ANO party leadership is also set to meet on Thursday to discuss how to proceed in the government negotiations.
Sixteen Czech cities and towns will mark Yom HaShoah or Holocaust
Remembrance Day, which commemorates the approximately six million Jews who
died during the Second World War.
The event, organised by the Terezín Initiative Institute, marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Among the cities and towns that join the event this year is Prague, Brno, Liberec or Kutná Hora.
Of Czechoslovakia’s 350,000 Jews, 250,000 died during the Holocaust.