Negotiators from ANO and the Social Democrats have agreed on the policy
programme of their planned coalition government, an ANO representative said
on Wednesday evening. Both groupings will put the document to their own
party organisations on Friday.
ANO deputy chairman Jaroslav Faltýnek said there would be no changes to a previously agreed division of portfolios between the two parties, who are set to form a minority cabinet supported by the Communists in important lower house votes.
Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček called on journalists and the public to have patience until Friday, when the final coalition deal and policy programme would be published.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Prague will continue to back an
international nuclear agreement with Iran, despite US President Donald
Trump’s announcement that the US will pull out of the deal. The Czech
Foreign Minister, Martin Stropnický, says the country does not wish to
split from the European Union’s regretful position on Mr. Trump’s move.
Mr. Stropnický said, however, that a statement on the matter from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini should have specified that Tehran was developing ballistic missiles. He said it was not possible to completely overlook the arguments of the US and Israel, who contend that Iran has breached the treaty.
The deal agreed under previous US president Barack Obama curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the United Nations, the US and the EU.
ANO deputy leader Richard Brabec has not ruled out some changes concerning
ministries being made within talks with the Social Democrats on forming a
coalition government. His comment came in response to reports that the
Social Democrats want the defence portfolio instead of agriculture.
However, Mr. Brabec said that would be a decision for ANO chief Andrej
Babiš and would need to be approved by party bodies.
ANO and the Social Democrats have reached a deal on the text of a coalition agreement and Mr. Babiš has said talks could be wrapped up by Friday.
Under the agreement taking shape, the two parties would be supported by the Communists in crucial votes in the lower house. The latter grouping have never been that involved in government since 1989.
The captain of Sparta Prague football club, David Lafata, has announced
that he is retiring at the end of this season, the club said in a statement
on its website. The striker, who is 36, is currently the top scorer in the
Czech top flight with 198 goals.
Lafata said he would like to say goodbye to fans at Sparta’s last home game of the season against Olomouc on May 19. The veteran player picked up 41 caps for the Czech national team, finding the net nine times.
This year’s April was the second warmest in Prague since 1775, when a
weather station at the city centre Clementinum first began keeping records.
The average temperature in the fourth month of the year was 15.6 degrees
Celsius. This was over 6 degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term average
The jump in average temperature from March to April was 11.7 degrees Celsius. That was the third highest change between months since 1775.
The chairman of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, has called on deputy
leader Jaroslav Foldyna to apologise for his behaviour at a gathering of
Russia’s Night Wolves bike gang in Prague on Monday. At the event Mr.
Foldyna got into altercations with protesters against the nationalist
bikers, who have been linked to President Vladimir Putin.
However, the Social Democrats deputy chairman has declined to say sorry for his actions. Mr. Foldyna released a video – recorded by weights in a gym – refusing to apologise and describing himself as a patriot.
The Czech Republic beat Switzerland in their third game at the Ice Hockey
World Championships in Denmark on Tuesday evening. A dramatic match was
tied at 4:4 at the end of the third period but the Czechs managed to win
5:4 after penalties with the decisive goal coming from Michal Řepík.
The result leaves the Czech Republic fourth in Group A at the worlds with four points. They had previously beaten Slovakia in overtime and lost to Sweden.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef has progressed to Saturday’s final
of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Josef, with the song Lie to Me,
was one of nine entrants to make it out of the first semi-final of the
Europe-wide competition on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old’s participation in Eurovision had been threatened after he sustained a spinal injury in a fall during rehearsals last week. He is only the second Czech to reach the final of the competition.
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.
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