Communist Party leader Vojtěch Filip has indicated that his party, which
has agreed to back a future ANO-led government, would expect to be
consulted on matters such as the possible expulsion of Russian diplomats
over the poisoning of a double agent in Britain.
The outgoing prime minister, Andrej Babiš, who is in the process of forming a new government, said on Friday that the Czech Republic would seriously consider expelling a number of Russian diplomats over the incident.
The Communists say such a move would be premature. On the other hand centre-right parties would fully back such a decision. A decision is expected next week.
Czechs will join millions of people around the globe in turning off their
lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a
symbolic show of support for the Earth Hour campaign against climate
Earth Hour will dim some of Prague’s best known landmarks including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square or the Žižkov TV tower.
Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic first marked Earth Hour in 2012. Thirteen cities and eighty towns and villages are expected to join the campaign this year.
Czech and Scottish military bands performed at Prague Castle on Friday on
the occasion of British Day celebrations.
The event, which is part of the Festival of British Culture, is organised by the British Embassy in Prague. It was attended by Czech Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová and British Ambassador Nick Archer.
The Czech Army band has presented part of its programme for the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which will be part of the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
Former Czech prime minister and Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka has
announced he will step down as a member of parliament and from top level
politics and will from the start of April just be a member of the party.
Sobotka said on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he had been
considering the move for several months and that the decision was motivated
by personal reasons. He wanted to devote more time to his family.
The move though has been interpreted in the light of the fact that he opposes the party’s moves to form a government coalition with ANO leader Andrej Babiš.
Sobotka said he would oppose such a coalition in an internal party referendum and had not hidden his opposition in recent weeks.
Acting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is set to meet with US House
speaker Paul Ryan in Prague on Monday. The news was confirmed by government
spokeswoman Barbora Peterová on Friday.
The top Republican will arrive in the Czech Republic for a private visit and will stay in the country for a few days, the Czech News Agency reported.
Mr Ryan is scheduled to appear at a student debate at Charles University in Prague and attend a conference in the Senate. He will also visit a special meeting of the lower house of parliament on Tuesday.
Jan Kantůrek, a renowned Czech translator of fantasy, science fiction,
comics and westerns from English, has died at the age of 69. The news was
confirmed on Thursday by the publisher Comics Centre.
Kantůrek’s best known translations include the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, which sold about 800, 000 copies in the Czech Republic. He also translated books about Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard and others.
Five of the six people who were killed in an explosion at a chemical plant
in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of Prague, on Thursday, were Romanian
nationals. The news was announced by the Romanian foreign ministry, the AFP
agency reported on Friday.
Representatives of the Romanian embassy in the Czech Republic have already visited Prague’s Vinohrady hospital to make sure there are no more Romanian workers among those injured by the blast.
Former national football team captain Tomáš Rosický, who played for the
clubs Sparta Prague, Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal, will officially end
his professional career at Prague’s Sparta stadium on June 9 of this
The star midfielder will play in a testimonial match at Sparta’s stadium in Prague, featuring fellow players from the national squad and international stars.
Organisers have not released a list of the players yet.
Czech foreign debt climbed during 2017 to stand at 4.372 trillion crowns by
the end of the year. That’s 875 billion crowns more than at the end of
2016, according to figures from the Czech National Bank. The total foreign
debt represents 86.71 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product
Around 72 percent of the Czech foreign debt is owned by private entities with the Czech government, state agencies, and majority owned state companies responsible for the rest. Around 44 percent of the overall debt is held by banks.
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