Minister of Justice Taťána Malá (ANO) should probably resign if it is
proven that she plagiarised sections of her university theses, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš said on Saturday. The matter is due to be discussed
on Monday at a party meeting.
Czech Radio reported last week that Ms Malá’s thesis on family law contained uncited passages from another student’s published work and in one instance she even copied text verbatim that included the original typographical errors.
Mr Babiš earlier had said that 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.
The Czech Republic’s largely coniferous forests are facing the worst bark
beetle infestation in at least 200 years. The lower house of Parliament is
due on Tuesday to discuss both emergency and long-term measures to combat
the voracious insect, which kills spruce trees.
The amount of spruce wood damaged by bark beetles has risen steadily in the past few years, from 2 million cubic metres of spruce wood in 2015 to more than 5.5 million cubic metres in 2017. Experts are warning that the nation’s forests could be wiped out if the current monoculture forestry format is not unchanged.
Romanian director Radu Jude was awarded the Crystal Globe for Best Feature
Film at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his story of
a director who refuses to compromise with Holocaust deniers.
Jude’s film, entitled “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”, conveys a little-known chapter of WWII in which the popular Romanian general Ion Antonescu led a massacre of Jews. It also ingeniously updates Hannah Arendt’s incisive work on the banality of evil.
The Grand Jury also awarded two Special Mentions, one for the Russian co-production film “Jumpman” and one for the Slovenian co-production film “History of Love”. The East of the West Award went to a distinctive debut by Elizaveta Stishova “Suleiman Mountain”, an original account of the life in Kyrgyzstan.
A Special Jury Prize in the East of West Competition was granted to Hungarian film “Blossom Valley”. The new film by Vitaly Mansky “Putin’s Witnesses”, also made in co-production with the Czech Republic, won the Documentary Films Competition. The Documentary Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Walden”.
The open-air Rock for People festival started on Wednesday at the former
military airfield near Hradec Králové. Among the headliners this year is
British band The Prodigy, who play on Thursday evening.
Now in its 24th year, Rock for People is among the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic with scores of acts performing. It wraps up on Saturday.
If parliamentary elections were held now, the ANO movement of Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš would still come out on top, according to a new poll
by the STEM agency. The June poll shows ANO winning 32 per cent of the
vote, down just shy of a percentage point (pp) since April.
The upstart Pirates have lost the most ground in the past two months, over 3pp, and would now win only 10.2 per cent of the vote. Another opposition party, the Civic Democrats, are up 1.8pp since the last STEM survey, with the centre-right party now polling at 15.5 per cent.
Support for ANO’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is up nearly 1pp, according to STEM, with the centre-left party now polling at 7.9 per cent. The Communists, whose support Mr. Babiš needs to survive a confidence vote set for July 11, are polling at 9.1 per cent, up half a percentage point since April.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) is due to meet his Polish counterpart
Mateusz Morawiecki (PiS) on Friday to discuss ways to boost bilateral trade
and cooperation, as well as wider European issues affecting the Visegrad
Group, which also includes Hungary and Slovakia.
The two leaders will meet in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary before heading to Bulgaria for a conference taking place within a summit between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC).
The “China 16+1 Summit”, now its seventh year, has raised alarm in Brussels over the intensifying level of engagement between the member countries and communist China, which has invested heavily in the CEE region.
Hollywood actor and director Tim Robbins, a special guest at this year’s
ongoing international film festival in Karlovy Vary, is due to perform
there on Wednesday evening with his group, The Rogues Gallery Band.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Shawshank Redemption” received the A-list Czech festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the opening ceremony on Monday.
Firefighters have extinguished fires near a railway line between the
northern Bohemian towns of Lovosice and Ústí nad Labem, but both domestic
and international train travel in the area has halted.
Police have also closed a road running alongside the rails. Until their investigation is complete, drivers should expect heavy congestion, especially along routes from Ústí nad Labem and Děčín to Dresden, Germany.
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