Žatec, a hop-growing town in North Bohemia, has failed to get on the list
of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has been encouraged by the
respective committee assessing nominations to try again and broaden the
arguments in favour of its nomination.
The candidacy was submitted in January of last year and based on the town’s specialization in processing of hops.
The Czech Republic has 12 listings on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among them the historic centre of Prague, Telč, Český Krumlov,Litomyšl Castle, the Villa Tugenhadt in Brno and most recently, in 2003, the Jewish Quarter in Třebíč.
A puma which escaped from a small zoo on Prague’s western suburbs has
been captured, the local authorities reported Sunday.
The animal, which is reported to be in good condition, was captured in the early hours of the morning in a wooded area.
The puma escaped from its enclosure on Thursday and police had warned local inhabitants to be on their guard.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will welcome the American
director and producer Richard Linklater on Sunday, as part of a tribute
dedicated to the Austin Film Society, a non-profit initiative supporting
local filmmaking that Linklater founded in 1985.
Actress Anna Paquin and director Stephen Moyer will attend the screening of their film Parting Glass and Tim Robbins will introduce his 1999 historical drama Cradle Will Rock.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has denied that the Czech Republic is among
the fourteen European Union countries which reportedly agreed to sign deals
with Germany to take back asylum seekers who had previously registered
Babiš said during a visit to France on Saturday that he had not discussed the issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the EU summit earlier this week and would, in any case, never consent to an agreement that would mean accepting any number of illegal refugees.
According to the DPA and Reuters news agencies, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, all countries which have opposed any scheme to share-out asylum seekers across the continent, have said they are open to signing such an agreement with Germany.
Under the EU’s Dublin convention asylum seekers must lodge their requests in the first EU country they set foot in.
Several hundred green activists protested at the Bílina coal mine in the
north of the country on Saturday.
Two dozen of them managed to enter the mine in the early hours of the morning and chained themselves to the excavator. When other protesters tried to force their way into the mine the police intervened, detaining over 170 people.
The protest was organized by the group Limity jsme my which is striving to get the mine closed.
The Communist Party will support the newly-appointed minority government of ANO and the Social Democrats at its upcoming vote of confidence on July 11th. The Communist Party leadership met on Saturday to take a vote on the pre-negotiated tolerance agreement with the two parties in government. Fifty-four members of the party leadership voted in favour, 23 were against and one abstained. The Communist Party linked its support to a number of conditions, such as a law on national referenda, a minimal wage hike and support for a law taxing church restitutions.
French President Emanuel Macron met with the Czech and Slovak prime
ministers in Paris on Saturday, on the occasion of celebrations in France
marking the birth of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago.
On June 29 the government of France officially acknowledged the right of Czechs and Slovaks to independence, and the next day 6,000 Czechoslovak legionaries took an oath of allegiance to the new state in the presence of the French president.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš thanked France for its crucial role in assisting the birth of independent Czechoslovakia and said the seven decades of coexistence had helped Czechs and Slovaks to develop into the strong, sovereign, democratic states they were today.
After the meeting the French president and Czech and Slovak prime ministers signed framework agreements on strategic partnership outlining future cooperation in security, the fight against terrorism, research and development and student exchanges.
Nine people have been detained on suspicion of manipulating contracts for
two Prague hospitals, Na Františku and Na Bulovce, the ctk news agency
Among those charged are the head of the Na Františku hospital Robert Zelenák, and influential north Bohemian entrepreneur Tomáš Horáček.
The anti-corruption police have been conducting raids on dozens of homes and medical institutions and old age home in Central Bohemia in connection with the case.
The newly-appointed justice minister, Tatana Malá, has denied allegations
of plagiarism in connection with her university thesis.
Czech Radio reported earlier this week that Malá's thesis on family law, contained undeclared passages from a thesis by someone else, written at Masaryk University in Brno five years earlier. In one case, Malá even copied the original text along with two typing errors, Czech Radio said.
Malá denied that she had plagiarized the work, saying she had spent months of hard work on her thesis and had defended it successfully at her university.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the accusations were part of a campaign against her and argued that she should be given a chance to prove her worth as justice minister.
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