State attorney Jaroslav Šaroch has questioned the police’s findings in
the case of acting prime minister Andrej Babiš, the news site Novinky.cz
reported on Sunday. Last week Mr. Šaroch rejected a petition from Mr.
Babiš and six others facing fraud charges, who argued that the case
against them was unfounded.
While the state attorney rejected their claim, he also wrote that the police’s conclusions were “not final and need not be completely credible”, Novinky.cz wrote, quoting Mr. Šaroch’s statement.
ANO leader Babiš is one of a number of people accused of abusing around CZK 50 million in European Union subsidies in connection with the Stork’s Nest complex near Prague. The acting PM denies any wrongdoing and describes the charges as fabricated.
Tiny electric cars will soon become available to hire in central Prague
using a mobile phone application, the news site Echo24 reported. The
company Re.volt will put the Chinese made, two-person vehicles into trial
operation in the Prague 1 and Prague 2 districts from the start of June.
Users will be charged by the minute for the use of the yellow cars from manufacturer Si-an. Initially 20 of them will be available.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef came sixth in Saturday’s final of
the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, which was won by Netta of Israel.
Josef, who performed the song Lie to Me, was only the second Czech singer
to reach the final of the Eurovision and achieved the highest ever placing
for a Czech artist.
The 22-year-old had required medical treatment after hurting his spine in a fall during rehearsals for the Eurovision and received loud applause after performing a somersault in the final.
Petra Kvitová won the Madrid Open on Saturday evening, beating Kiki
Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 4-6 6-3 in an encounter lasting almost three
hours. The two-time Wimbledon winner, who had knocked compatriot Karolína
Plíšková out in the semi-finals, became the first woman to win the
tournament three times.
Kvitová’s triumph in Spain came a week after she won the Prague Open and brings her WTA titles tally to four this season and 24 overall.
Petra Kvitová has reached the final of the Madrid Open. The two-time
Wimbledon winner overcome compatriot Karolína Plíšková in the
semi-finals 7-6 6-3. Kvitová is aiming to become the first woman to win
the tournament three times.
The 28-year-old, who triumphed in the Prague Open last weekend, will face Dutch player Kiki Bertens in the final.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania this week blocked a joint
declaration by the member states of the European Union criticising the US
for transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the
Czech News Agency reported. The moved, decided by President Donald Trump,
will take place on Monday.
The EU has long advocated a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Israelis see Jerusalem as their “eternal and undivided” capital but the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of a future state.
Trains will not stop at the Muzeum station on the A (green) line of the
Prague Metro system all weekend due to repairs. The relevant part of the
station has been closed to allow for the replacement of tiles and lighting,
a Metro spokesperson said.
Repair work has been going on in the A line section of Muzeum since last year, causing the closure of first one platform and then the other. It should be fully open again from this autumn.
The Prague-born rock musician and songwriter Ivan Král turned 70 on
Saturday. Král emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s
and became involved in New York’s punk scene in the following decade,
performing with an early incarnation of Blondie and becoming bassist with
the Patti Smith Group. He later played guitar with Iggy Pop.
In the 1990s Ivan Král released solo albums with some success in the Czech Republic and produced a number of Czech musicians. He continues to reside in the US.
An internal referendum of the Social Democrats on whether to go into
government with ANO will run from May 21 until June 14, party officials
said. The results will be published on June 15. Chairman Jan Hamáček said
that prior to the vote the names of the party’s nominees for the five
portfolios the Social Democrats should get in the cabinet will be
ANO leader Andrej Babiš says if the Social Democrats do not approve a coalition of the two parties one option could be early elections to take place in May next year at the same time as elections to the European Parliament.
If a deal between ANO and the Social Democrats is signed, their minority coalition would likely be supported in key votes by the Communist Party, who would be playing a role in government for the first time since 1989. For their part, the Communists say they would not back a government that expanded US military missions abroad.
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