Steve Bannon, a former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, says
Europe should not be a protectorate of the United States but should
contribute more financially to its own defence. He made the comment in
Prague, where he was taking part in a public debate with Lanny Davis, a
Democrat and ex-White House special counsel.
Mr. Bannon said the US had fought on Europe’s behalf in the two world wars and the Cold War. He said Europeans should be ashamed with regard to the present situation and ought to become a partner to the US in military matters.
A move to hold a lower house discussion on President Miloš Zeman’s
comments about the nerve agent Novichok was rejected on Tuesday by MPs from
ANO, Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists.
Members of the opposition say they will now attempt to push through a
special session on the matter.
The Christian Democrats’ Jan Bartošek said President Zeman had harmed the Czech Republic internationally and served Russian propaganda by suggesting that a small amount of Novichok had been produced and tested in this country.
Communist leader Vojtěch Filip said the debate call was a move by those who were offended because their presidential candidate had been defeated.
Police are investigating a deal under which the Ministry of Defence plans
to buy mobile radars for billions of crowns, the minister of defence, Karla
Šlechtová, said on Tuesday. She said she had contacted the military
police in connection with “very serious findings” relating to the
Ms. Šlechtová indicated that issues surrounding major defence deals could be linked to what she called media attacks on her in recent weeks, the Czech News Agency said.
Prague plans to buy new radars from Israel at a cost of CZK 3.5 billion under an agreement reached but not signed by Martin Stropnický, Ms. Šlechtová’s predecessor. She had a number of major contracts examined after taking over and says she there are question marks surrounding the radars deal.
Government ministers have stopped taking part in international trips with
Czech entrepreneurs and this could cost the latter in terms of deals, a
number of business chambers said in a statement to the Czech News Agency on
A spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce, Miroslav Diro, said Czech firms could lose out to rivals from other states when it comes to import and export opportunities. Mr. Diro said the minister of finance and minister of industry and trade often helped open doors for his group’s members internationally.
The acting prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has in the past said that the state is not a travel agency. He said the country should be represented by diplomats, who are paid for that service, abroad.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech has won the Golden Ball for Czech footballer of the
year for the 12th time. The prize is decided by a poll of journalists.
Čech, who turned 36 on Sunday, finished ahead of midfielder Antonín
Barák of Italian club Udinese and Pavel Kadeřábek, a defender with
Last season the Arsenal man became the first goalkeeper in the English Premier League to achieve 200 clean sheets. Though now retired from the international game, he is the most capped Czech ever with 124 appearances.
Prague council has instructed the Prague Institute of Planning and
Development to change the city’s territorial plan to allow for the
building of a further section of a planned new “D” Metro line. The
addition to the underground rail network should run northeast from
Náměstí Míru to Žižkov and then on to Vysočany. However, it is not
yet clear what precise route it will follow or where it will have stations.
The first part of the D line should run from Písnice in the south of the city to Pankrác, which should later be connected to Náměstí Míru. Discussions about constructing a fourth Metro line began in the 1980s.
Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček says that he expects the outcome of
an internal party vote on whether to enter a coalition with ANO to be
close. Mr. Hamáček – who backs such a coalition – made the comment
after a meeting of party representatives in the Moravian Silesian Region on
The party leader said he had a “good feeling” after the gathering. However, he conceded that opinion was evenly split on whether to enter a minority coalition with ANO that would likely be supported on key votes by the Communist Party.
Mr. Hamáček has been trying to drum up backing for the mooted coalition at local branches of the Social Democrats. The internal party ballot began on Monday and will continue until mid-June.
Another earthquake occurred in the Cheb area of West Bohemia on Monday
night. The tremors, which reached up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale, were
strongest before midnight, seismologists said. The area around Cheb –
which is in the Karlovy Vary Region – has been experiencing a series of
earthquakes over the last two weeks. However, Monday night’s was likely
the strongest this year.
Tremors were felt in half of the territory of the Czech Republic and in Bavaria, which neighbours West Bohemia.
Steve Bannon, Republican and Former White House chief strategist to
President Trump, and Lanny Davis, Democrat and Former White House special
counsel and Hillary Clinton supporter will take part in a debate in
Prague´s Žofín Palace on Tuesday.
The debate, titled "What the heck is going on in America?" will cover globalism, international trade, economic nationalism and immigration.
It will be moderated by former Czech minister of defense and ambassador to USA Alexandr Vondra. Both influential Americans were invited to Prague by the industrial holding CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP in cooperation with CEVRO University.