Goalkeeper Petr Čech has won the Golden Ball for Czech footballer of the
year for the 12th time. The prize is decided by a poll of journalists.
Čech, who turned 36 on Sunday, finished ahead of midfielder Antonín
Barák of Italian club Udinese and Pavel Kadeřábek, a defender with
Last season the Arsenal man became the first goalkeeper in the English Premier League to achieve 200 clean sheets. Though now retired from the international game, he is the most capped Czech ever with 124 appearances.
Prague council has instructed the Prague Institute of Planning and
Development to change the city’s territorial plan to allow for the
building of a further section of a planned new “D” Metro line. The
addition to the underground rail network should run northeast from
Náměstí Míru to Žižkov and then on to Vysočany. However, it is not
yet clear what precise route it will follow or where it will have stations.
The first part of the D line should run from Písnice in the south of the city to Pankrác, which should later be connected to Náměstí Míru. Discussions about constructing a fourth Metro line began in the 1980s.
Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček says that he expects the outcome of
an internal party vote on whether to enter a coalition with ANO to be
close. Mr. Hamáček – who backs such a coalition – made the comment
after a meeting of party representatives in the Moravian Silesian Region on
The party leader said he had a “good feeling” after the gathering. However, he conceded that opinion was evenly split on whether to enter a minority coalition with ANO that would likely be supported on key votes by the Communist Party.
Mr. Hamáček has been trying to drum up backing for the mooted coalition at local branches of the Social Democrats. The internal party ballot began on Monday and will continue until mid-June.
Another earthquake occurred in the Cheb area of West Bohemia on Monday
night. The tremors, which reached up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale, were
strongest before midnight, seismologists said. The area around Cheb –
which is in the Karlovy Vary Region – has been experiencing a series of
earthquakes over the last two weeks. However, Monday night’s was likely
the strongest this year.
Tremors were felt in half of the territory of the Czech Republic and in Bavaria, which neighbours West Bohemia.
Steve Bannon, Republican and Former White House chief strategist to
President Trump, and Lanny Davis, Democrat and Former White House special
counsel and Hillary Clinton supporter will take part in a debate in
Prague´s Žofín Palace on Tuesday.
The debate, titled "What the heck is going on in America?" will cover globalism, international trade, economic nationalism and immigration.
It will be moderated by former Czech minister of defense and ambassador to USA Alexandr Vondra. Both influential Americans were invited to Prague by the industrial holding CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP in cooperation with CEVRO University.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has expressed deep concern over the result of
Venezuela’s presidential election in which leftist authoritarian leader
Nicolas Maduro defended his post on Sunday.
In a statement issued on Monday the ministry said the election lacked fundamental democratic elements, opposition parties and organizations have been under permanent pressure and there have been persistent violations of human rights in the country.
It called on Venezuela’s government to launch a constructive dialogue with the opposition, release all political prisoners and respect human rights and freedoms.
The European Union needs a strong and viable asylum system, the Czech and
Finnish heads of government Andrej Babis and Juha Sipila agreed during
their talks in Helsinki on Monday.
The two officials said migration was an issue on which the EU badly needed to reach consensus and stressed that migrant quotas were obviously not the answer. The two heads of government said they also had a similar take on EU budget issues, post Brexit.
The Czech Prime Minister is also scheduled to attend the Czech-Finnish business forum and sign a memorandum on Czech accession to the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which has been operating in Helsinki since April 2017.
Before his departure, Mr Babiš told journalists he would also like to visit a Finnish primary school and university to find inspiration for Czech school reform.
The Prague 6 authorities have said they will place a plaque at the statue
of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, erected in commemoration of his role in
helping to liberate Czechoslovakia from Nazi oppression, which would put
into better perspective his role in history. The plaque is to be ready by
the end of June and should help prevent the statue’s repeated
Marshal Konev is a controversial figure in the Czech Republic, since as well as liberating the country in WWII, he was involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and was also present in Berlin for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
His statue has been spray painted in protest on several occasions in recent years, most recently on V-day when the dates 1956 and 1961 appeared on the statue in red paint.
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