Dozens of people attended the launch of an exhibition of František
Kupka’s painting, entitled Plochy příčné II (Diagonal Surfaces II),
at the Opočno castle in East Bohemia.
The painting will be on display for only two days before returning to its owner, a private collector. In May this year, the painting sold at an auction for 78 million crowns, setting a new Czech art auction record.
The 1923 oil on canvas is a pure example of geometric abstraction and is said to be among the most important works by František Kupka.
The annual NATO Days and Czech Airforce Days military show got underway at
the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava on Saturday.
This year’s edition of the event, which is one of the largest military air shows in Europe, will commemorate 70 years since the foundation of the NATO and 20 years since the Czech Republic’s accession to the alliance.
The festival, which runs until Sunday, features demonstrations of combat and rescue equipment, including the American C-5 Super Galaxy transport aircraft. Among the biggest attractions are several aerobatic shows.
The 14th edition of the annual festival Zažít město jinak or Different
City Experience, billed as a celebration of public space, has begun in 85
places in Prague and 30 other Czech towns and cities.
The civic association Auto*Mat is the main coordinator of the street festival project but individual programmes are organised by local associations, cafés, arts organisations and individuals.
Czech tennis player Karolína Muchová has avanced to the finals of the
Korea Open after defeating Wang Yafan of China 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and
The Czech No. 5 is having her career-best season, having reached her maiden WTA final in Prague in May and a Grand Slam quarterfinal debut at Wimbledon.
President Miloš Zeman said in a television interview on Thursday he would
use his power to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš if Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman were to invalidate a decision
by the Prague State Attorney’s Office to close the case involving the
prime minister and his family.
The president’s remarks aired on the same day the Prague State Attorney’s Office published a detailed explanation of its decision to halt a four-year-long investigation into suspected EU subsidy fraud by Mr Babiš.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman has three months in which he must either confirm or invalidate the decision.
Opposition politicians have denounced the president for attempting to influence the judiciary.The leader of the Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, has suggested holding a meeting of opposition party leaders to formulate a joint stand on the matter ahead of Tuesday’s session of the lower house.
The Supreme State Attorney’s Office said the president’s words would not affect their work.
Hundreds of young people gathered on Prague’s Old Town Square and in many
other Czech towns and cities on Friday joining the international climate
change protests launched by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
The student gathering then marched through the centre of Prague, marking the start of a week of events aiming to draw attention to the problem.
On Friday afternoon a festival For the Future will take place on Střelecký Island in Prague with live music and environment-related presentations and debates.
Political scientists say that if the president were to intervene and halt
the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the move would
not affect the degree of support the prime minister enjoys.
Political scientist Lubomír Kopeček from Masaryk University in Brno says that Andrej Babiš’ supporters have ignored so many scandals surrounding the prime minister that the fact that he would have to countersign the halting of his own possible prosecution would make little difference.
Political scientist Petr Just from Prague’s Metropolitan University says the decision not to prosecute by the Prague State Attorney’s Office would work in the president's and prime minister’s favour in defending such an action.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček has said that any move by the president
to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would be
inappropriate interference in the work of the judiciary and would violate
the principle that all citizens are equal before the law.
He did not comment on how the Social Democrats, a junior partner in the governing coalition, would respond to such a development.
Justice Minister Marie Benešová refused to comment on the president’s words or speculate about the possibility of such a thing happening.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has refused to speculate about whether he
would accept President Zeman’s gesture to halt his possible prosecution
if Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman were to invalidate the decision of
the Prague State Attorney’s Office.
If he were to accept such a solution it would mean that he himself would have to countersign the president’s order.
Besieged by journalists over the matter, Mr. Babiš said he was sorry the president had spoken as he did since it had sparked a storm of criticism based on mere speculation. “No crime was committed and I am confident I will not be charged,” he said.
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