Petra Kvitová has reached the third round of the Madrid Open. The
28-year-old, who won the clay court Prague Open last week, continued a good
run on the surface with a 6-3 7-3 victory over Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
Kvitová's compatriot Kristýna Plíšková also reached the third round in Madrid on Tuesday, joining her twin sister Karolína at that stage of the tournament.
President Miloš Zeman appointed six new generals on Tuesday in connection
with the anniversary of the end of WWII. Four of those promoted to that
rank were soldiers, while the other two were the director of the national
anti-drug agency and a regional fire chief.
Mr. Zeman declined to make generals two men who had been proposed for the rank by the government: Petr Procházka, deputy commander of the country’s ground forces; and Michal Koudelka, director of the BIS intelligence service.
A statue of the Soviet military commander Ivan Konev in Prague has been
vandalised. During Monday night, pink paint was poured over the monument to
the World War II leader. Police are investigating the matter, a
Konev helped liberate Prague in May 1945, an anniversary that is being marked on Tuesday. The statue, which stands in the city’s Bubeneč district, was also defaced a year ago.
Former minister of the interior Jan Ruml will not now stand for the Pirate
Party in elections to the Senate later this year after a national party
vote opted to remove him from the ticket. Two-thirds of participants voted
to remove Mr. Ruml, a spokesperson said.
Pirates’ leader Ivan Bartoš said the move was an example of direct party democracy in practice. Former dissident Ruml was a leading member of the Civic Democrats in the 1990s and was previously senator for the Prague 6 constituency.
A number of events were held in the Czech Republic on Tuesday marking the
73rd anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Government leaders
including acting PM Andrej Babiš, President Miloš Zeman and Czech Army
commanders took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument
on Prague’s Vítkov hill.
More memorials marking the anniversary of the end of the war took place at Prague’s Klárov, the Kounic student dorms in Brno and other locations. May 8 is a state holiday in the Czech Republic.
ANO chairman Andrej Babiš and Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček say
they have reached agreement on the text of a coalition agreement between
the two parties. Mr. Hamáček said on Monday evening that the document was
in his view acceptable to the Social Democrats and that party leaders would
discuss it on Friday.
The Social Democrats’ demand that a member of the government step down if convicted has been met, Mr. Hamáček said. The proviso was previously a sticking point between the two parties and relates to the fact that Mr. Babiš is facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies.
The two-party minority government would be supported by the Communists on key votes in the lower house.
The "Night Wolves", a Russian motorcycle club known for its
staunch nationalism and close ties to Vladimir Putin, who have been making
appearances in a number of Czech and Moravian towns and cities in
connection with the end-of-war celebrations arrived in Prague on Monday.
At Prague’s Olšany Cemetary they were greeted by groups of supporters and opponents who eventually got into a skirmish. Two men were briefly detained by the police.
The Russian bikers’ presence in the country is highly controversial. They claim they are paying homage to Red Army soldiers who died liberating Czechoslovakia, but critics see their rides as politically provocative and Russian propaganda.
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