The Czech sculptor Petr Váňa, who has spent years crafting the components
of a new baroque style Marian Column, whose predecessor used to stand on
Prague’s Old Town Square before it was torn down by an angry mob in
November 1918, has transported the pillar’s pieces by boat to the
capital. He was greeted by a small crowd cheering “Glory!” on the river
bank. However, Mr. Váňa still lacks authorisation to erect the statue
from the Prague 1 district.
The group pushing for the column’s restoration on Prague’s famous square is set to meet there on Saturday, with Mr. Váňa presenting the project.
Following a preliminary audit from the European Commission, which found the
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to be in a conflict of interest due to
the structure of the trust funds currently owning his former company, the
opposition has proposed a Senate commission on the matter. It will be made
up of two members from each party in the upper house and give an official
verdict on the matter at the end of January.
Opposition politicians have stressed the commission’s task will not be to evaluate the audit, but to interview relevant actors and come up with its own position, both on the alleged conflict of interests of the prime minister and the Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman, who was mentioned in a second European Commission audit.
The Senate is set to vote on the proposal on Thursday.
The Ministry of Labour and Social affairs and the General Financial
Directorate are just some of the government offices with serious
cybersecurity issues, according to an examination conducted by the National
Cyber and Information Security Agency, the Czech daily Deník N reported on
The agency identified problems not just in the offices’ online security, but also in the actual protection of workplace computers and networks. Systems such as social benefits, and the electronic register system, which was introduced in 2016 to counter the grey economy and tax fraud, are therefore critically vulnerable, sources told the newspaper.
The chief organiser of the recent countrywide wave of protests calling for
the resignation of the Czech justice and prime ministers, Mikuláš
Minář, told Czech Television on Tuesday that his group A Million Moments
for Democracy is ready for a “long-haul race” if it comes to it. He
implied that the demonstrations are likely to continue if the demands set
out by the protesters are not taken into consideration after what is
expected to be the largest protest yet, on Prague’s Letná Plain on June
Mr. Minář was unwilling to go into the details of what his group plans to do next. However, he said that it respects the result of the elections and the right of Mr. Babiš’s party to be in charge of the government, but with a different prime minister who is not burdened by the current leader’s affairs.
A third edition of the open air festival Arena, founded by the Forman
brothers, gets underway at Prague’ Smíchov embankment on Wednesday
evening. Over the course of ten days, the festival will offer a number of
theatre and circus performances, concerts, a dance hall as well as
workshops for children.
Among the highlights of this year’s event will be a new performance by the world-known French ensemble Cirque Trottola called Campana or the Czech premiere Matěj Forman’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince.
Thousands of people again took to the streets of towns and cities around
the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening to protest against Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš and his appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister.
Rallies took place in over 300 municipalities, including Ostrava, Plzeň
and Hradec Králové. The biggest one, in Brno, attracted an estimated
The group which has been organising the protests, Million Moments for Democracy, are calling for the removal of the newly appointed justice minister, who they fear was installed to meddle in a criminal case against the prime minister linked to the alleged abuse of EU subsidies. Another demonstration is due to take place on 23 June on Prague’s Letná plain, the venue of the largest anti-regime demonstrations of November 1989.
An annual survey of the Czech Republic’s 14 regions has placed the east
Bohemian region of Hradec Králové as the best place to live in, followed
by South Bohemia and the Moravian region of Zlín.
Hradec Králové, which is last year’s winner as well, scored well in all categories, including healthcare, environment and safety. By contrast, the worst place to live in is the region of Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia.
To get the results, the annual survey ranks numerous criteria across eight categories and polls some 1250 respondents all around the country.
This May was the coldest for the last 28 years with an average temperature
for the month of 10.7 degrees Celsius, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute wrote on its website on Tuesday. In 2018, the average temperature
for the month of May was 16.2 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature during the month was May 7, when temperatures dropped below zero at 150 measuring stations around the country.
The Czech Republic supports the start of EU accession talks with North
Macedonia as it has fulfilled all the necessary conditions, Czech Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš said after meeting with his Macedonian counterpart
Zoran Zaev on Tuesday.
Mr Babiš said the Czech Republic was ready to help North Macedonia with the modernisation of its military according to NATO standards. He also promised to support the country’s cause in the European Council.
The accession of North Macedonia and Albania to the European Union has also been supported by Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and Foreign Minister Tomás Petříček.
U.S. Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is set to receive the Crystal
Globe for her outstanding contribution to world cinema at the opening of
this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, festival organizers
announced on Tuesday.
Patricia Clarkson, who this year won a Golden Globe for her performance in
the HBO series Sharp Objects, will receive her career prize at the
festival’s closing ceremony.
Among other guests at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival will be Casey Affleck, who will return to present his directorial debut Light Of My Life, which premiered in Berlin. This year’s edition of the festival will take place from June 28 to July 6.
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