Czech president Miloš Zeman received Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček
on Tuesday afternoon. The main subject of talks was set to be the creation
of minority coalition Cabinet of the ANO and Social Democrat parties.
Social Democrat party members are currently voting whether to back such a minority coalition with the result due by June 14.
Zeman has opposed the Social Democrat’s intention to place its MEP Miroslav Poche as foreign minister in a new Cabinet with Hamáček so far refusing to give way. Zeman says Poche backed immigrants coming to the country and has been critical of Israel.
Hamáček said after the meeting that he had not put forward any alternative names as possible Social Democrat Cabinet ministers.
The Czech retail sales boom speeded up in April with a 5.6 percent increase
on spending levels compared with a year earlier. March sales rose at the
rate of 3.9 percent.
Sales rose fastest in non-food items, food sales were almost unchanged. And the boom in sales via the Internet and via mail order companies continued with a 20.3 percent annual increase according to the Czech Statistical Office.
Prague City Hall’s executive committee has called for Alfons Mucha’s
Slav Epic series of massive paintings to be housed in part of the
Exhibition Grounds buildings where collections of sculptures have been
A final decision must be taken by the full Prague council.
Renovations at the so-called Lapidary site are to take place at a cost of around 580 million crowns.
Prague has been searching for decades for a final site to exhibit the paintings which were donated to the city by the painter. Mucha completed the works which show the history of the Slav peoples between 1910 and 1928. He regarded the works as his lifetime masterpiece.
In sport, Norwegian Egil Gjelland has been chosen to be the new trainer of
the Czech biathlon team. The previous trainer, Ondřej Rybář, is to be
the sporting director of the Czech Biathlon Association.
Former Olympic shooting gold medallist Kateřina Emmons has also been taken on as a consultant for the shooting discipline. The changes were confirmed on Tuesday by the association.
Gjellard was an Olympic winner in the relay event at the 2002 Olympics and picked up a silver medal four years later. He also has two world championship golds. Association leaders said they had been thinking of appointing a non-Czech for the top position for a while.
Czech Minister of Agriculture Jiří Milek has called on the Czech
competition office to investigate supermarket sales of milk for just one
crown a litre. It’s the first time that the ministry has called on the
competition office to intervene against suspected price dumping.
Minister Milek announce to the move during a questions session at the lower house of parliament. He said the one crown a litre offer had been made by Kaufland, the country’s biggest supermarket chain, as part of a wider promotional offer.
Milek said he had also asked other authorities to investigate the case saying that it also raised questions about raising value added tax.
The use of illegal pirated software on Czech computers has reached 32
percent, according to a survey carried out for the Business Software
That figure is one percent down from the 2016 result and the lowest figure in Czech history.
BSA said use of pirated software had decreased among Czech companies but increased among households.
The Czech Social Democrats appear to be making a comeback according to the
latest poll by the agency CVVM in May.
The poll puts support for the Social Democrats at 13 percent, in joint second place with the Civic Democrats (ODS) by still trailing the ANO party of current prime minister Andrej Babiš.
The latest poll is the best result for the Social Democrats since they scored just 7.2 percent support in October’s general elections to the lower house of parliament.
The Pirates slip in the poll to 11 percent. TOP 09 and the party of mayors and independents, STAN, would not pas the 5 percent threshold to get into parliament, the poll suggests.
Increased use of and exposure to pornography are increasingly damaging
normal relations and even the health of young men, according to a study
released Monday by Brno’s University Hospital.
It said many young men were simply not prepared for normal relationships because of the myths created by the pornography they were watching. Many men turned on by pornography could not physically get stimulated in a relationship, the study added. Psychological and even medical treatment was required, the report said.
It also came up with a statistic that men in stable relationships were almost as often likely to resort to masturbation as sex with the ratio at 43 percent to 53 percent.
Prime minister Andrej Babiš has said current transport minister Dan Ťok
could continue in the post in a new government he is seeking to put
Babiš added on Monday that the minister had his support over the question of introducing new motorway and main road tolls after 2019.
Ťok said mid-May that he was considering not being part of a new government and cited lack of support for the new tolls from his party ANO.
A new toll company formed by Czech Toll and Sky Toll was chosen to operate the new toll system, replacing the current incumbent Kapsch. But the choice has been challenged by the Czech competition office.