Czech film and theatre actress Gabriela Vránová has died at the age of
78, her son announced on Saturday.
The well-know actress spent the best part of her career at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, but she also performed in dozens of films and TV series and frequently worked for Czech Radio.
She was also respected for her work as a voice artist, for which she received the František Filipovský award for lifelong mastery.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová and her US doubles partner Bethanie
Mattek-Sands have announced a comeback after a one-year pause caused by
Mattek-Sands knee injury. Šafářová announced on Saturday that she will
pair up with her US partner at Wimbledon, which gets underway in July.
The pair last played together at the French Open in 2017, picking up their fifth Grand Slam title. Mattek-Sands subsequently suffered a serious knee injury during her second-round singles match at Wimbledon, which kept her out of action for almost a year.
The Czech-based investment group PPF will acquire 100 percent in Serbia’s
Telenor banka, which is part of the Telenor Group. The deal is part of an
acquisition of Telenor’s telecommunication assets in Central and Eastern
Europe, namely in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia. PPF, owned by
the Czech Republic’s richest man, announced the news on Friday.
The deal still needs to be approved by the National Bank of Serbia and the relevant antimonopoly authorities. With over 390,000 clients, Telenor ranks among the second ten largest banks on the Serbian market.
The Czech Republic has achieved another victory in its international
arbitration battle with the blood product company Diag Human, the Ministry
of Health announced in a press release on Friday.
The Dutch Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint from the company over alleged damages amounting to around 13 billion crowns (approximately 500 million euros).
Diag Human has been conducting a drawn out series of legal actions against the Czech Republic over a blood plasma deal it sealed with the state in the early 1990s. It was already awarded 327 million crowns in 1997.
The Social Democratic Party will not support its former chairman, Jiří
Paroubek, in the Senate elections due to take place in the autumn, the
party decided on Friday. Mr. Paroubek wanted to run as an independent
candidate with the support of the Social Democrats for the Senate seat in
the region of the Ostrava region.
Jiří Paroubek, who is now 66, headed the Social Democratic Party from 2006 to 2010 and served as Prime Minister between 2005 and 2006. After leaving the Social Democrats in 2011, he established his own left-oriented party LEV 21, which failed to win seats in the lower house in the past general election.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will not suggest Social Democrat MEP Miroslav
Poche as a candidate for the post of foreign minister. Mr Babiš told the
daily Právo on Saturday that the reason was Poche’s stance on migrants.
Prime Minister Babiš se set to present President Zeman with the new cabinet line-up on Sunday. He plans to ask the lower house for a vote on confidence on July 11. President Zeman has opposed the Social Democrat’s choice of foreign minister, arguing that Poche backed immigrants coming to the country and has been critical of Israel.
The body of a man discovered on Friday afternoon in the Vltava River in
central Prague has been confirmed to be that of a 28-year-old geocaching
enthusiast who had been missing since Saturday.
The grim discovery near Slovanský Island came less than a week after the body of another geocacher – a woman, also 28, who had taken part in the same GPS treasure hunt as the missing man – was found a bit farther downstream, near the Jirásek Bridge.
There had been a torrential downpour on the day the two went missing. The woman had become trapped while in a sewer system looking for hidden GPS treasure, unaware of the dangerously fast-rising water level. Two others in their group survived.
Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said on Friday that an internal
party-wide referendum had approved forming a coalition government with
Prime Minister-designate Andrej Babiš's ANO movement. Just under 60
per cent of Social Democrats voted in favour of the move.
Babiš told reporters that he will meet Hamáček on Sunday and hand over a list of proposed ministers cabinet to President Miloš Zeman. But his government will still need the support of the Communists.
Communist Party leaders earlier agreed to consider tolerating the new minority coalition government – but only if it agrees to include seven of the Communists’ own basic points in its programme. They also want Babiš to guarantee that a law enforcing these priorities would be discussed by the lower house of Parliament at least six months before the end of the term.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party is due to take a final decision on the matter at their meeting in two weeks.
The American snacks giant Mondelēz International, best known as the maker
of Oreo cookies and Milka-branded chocolate for the European market, has
announced a 200 millon dollar investment into in a biscuit manufacturing
facility in the Czech Republic, with the aim of boosting sales growth in
The plant in Opava, in the northeast of the county, currently employ nearly 1,000 people, The American multinational said that it will add five production lines to the facility