The lower house of Parliament will debate a Senate proposal to file a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
without any specific recommendation from the chamber’s Committee for
Legal Matters, the ctk news agency reported. The committee’s only
recommendation is that the debate should be public.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
"The Painted Bird" by Czech director Václav Marhoul received the
Cinema for UNICEF award from a student jury at the international film
festival in Venice on Friday.The award is traditionally given to the film
that best addresses children's rights issues.
Adapted from the 1965 novel of the same name by Polish-American writer Jerzy Kosinski, "The Painted Bird" is set in the Eastern Europe's countryside in the final phase of World War II, seen through the eyes of a little boy who encounters cruelty and violence.
Václav Marhoul said the award was fantastic news because it showed that young people had understood his film and its message.“Some critics wrote that the movie is all about brutality and violence, but the young audience saw exactly what I intended them to see: hope, light and humanity, so they actually counterbalanced some people's opinions,"Marhoul told the ctk news agency .
"The Painted Bird is not a war film, nor even a Holocaust film... the story forces us to ask ourselves many unpleasant questions, and to seek often very painful answers," Marhoul explained at the movie's presentation.
The film is competing for the festival‘s main award, the Golden Lion.
Prague and Moscow have once again exchanged words over the controversial
statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague.
Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky compared the mayor of Prague 6 Ondřej Kolář, who is trying to get the statue moved to the grounds of the Russian embassy, to a leader of the regional branch of the Nazi party NSDAP.
Kolář described the minister's statement as outrageous. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said he regretted the fact that the discussion surrounding the Konev statue has crossed the bounds of a rational debate. “I do not consider the statement of the Russian culture minister appropriate. I think an apology would help calm the situation, "Petříček said in a text message to the ctk news agency.
Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman has backed Moscow’s arguments regarding the need to show respect for a war hero who helped liberate the city of Prague at the end of WWII. “I would recommend leaving the statue where it is and not embarrassing ourselves by demonstrating such ignorance of history" the president said in an interview for TV Barrandov.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Prague saw the hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the website
infomet.cz reported on Friday.
The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in the past 245 years.
The previous record was set last year with the average temperature of 22.7 degrees.
A woman was fined 5,000 crowns for an act of vandalism at the top of the
Czech Republic’s highest mountain, Sněžka, the spokesman for the
Krkonoše National Park informed on Friday.
The woman, who created a mandala on the mountaintop using stones and paint, voluntarily turned herself in to the authorities. She has also promised to take part in voluntary clean-up operations in the park.
According to the Krkonoše park management, the mandala could have damaged the fragile ecosystem of the alpine tundra.
The number of deaths on Czech roads caused by speeding has started to
increase, according to the data released by the country’s Centre for
Transport Research on Friday.
Last year, 218 people died in accidents involving speeding, which is an increase by one fifth on the previous year. The trend is set to continue, with 104 fatalities recorded between the start of January and the end of July.
Speeding is one of the main causes of traffic accidents in the Czech Republic and claims the highest number of fatalities.
Czech car-maker Škoda Auto has manufactured the first production
components for VW electric cars. The high-voltage batteries will be used
for plug in hybrids based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.
The battery packs will be used for instance in the Škoda Superb iV. Production of this model is due to be launched at the Kvasiny plant in September.
The company invested over 25 million euros in the production lines for high-voltage batteries. The initial output of 150,000 units per year should be further increased in the following years.
The Czech Republic’s year-on-year industrial production figures grew by
0.1 percent in July, factoring in the difference of two working days, the
Czech Statists Office reported on Friday. Unadjusted, the increase was 5.6
The main drivers of growth were the automobile industry, electrical equipment production and manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products.
The country’s external trade balance in goods ended with a surplus of 0.1 billion crowns in July, compared to a deficit of 8.2 billion in the same month last year. Exports grew year-on-year by 8.4 percent to 289.5 billion crowns and imports by 5.1 percent to 289.5 billion crowns.
Czech archaeologists have discovered the remains of a medieval forest near
the village of Koječín in the region of Havlíčkův Brod in eastern
The largely pine tree forest was felled in the mid-13th century to give way to silver mining and the uncovered trunks bear visible marks from saws, axes and burning.
According to Petr Hrubý of the Archaeology Institute of Masaryk University in Brno, which carried out the research, very few such discoveries were made in Central Europe.
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