Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in Japan to attend the enthronement
ceremony of Emperor Naruhito together with some 50 foreign dignitaries the
In the course of his four day stay in Tokyo, Mr. Babiš is scheduled to hold talks with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and other foreign leaders.
Ahead of his departure the Czech prime minister described Czech-Japanese relations as “excellent” saying Japan was one of the leading investors in the Czech Republic.
Czech singers are giving a concert in Karlín on Sunday night in honour of
chanson queen Hana Hegerová’s 88th birthday.
Lucie Bílá, Hana Zagorová Lenka Filipová and Lenka Molavcová are among the artists who will be giving a rendition of some of Hégerová’s most popular hits.
Hegerová, who ended her career in 2011, will not be present for health reasons.
Former president Václav Klaus, the last surviving Czech RAF pilot Emil
Boček, Srbian film director Emir Kusturica and the president of the
Supreme Audit Office Miloslav Kala are among the personalities who will
receive a high state distinction from President Miloš Zeman on the
occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day, on October 28th.
Although the list of personalities selected for awards is confidential the president himself revealed some of the laureates ahead of the public holiday this year.
According to Prague Castle the laureates have been informed about the honour and the list of selected personalities has been countersigned by the prime minister.
Over 30,000 people joined in the campaign to save Czech forests on Saturday
planting trees in areas decimated by the bark-beetle. The campaign was
organized by the state-owned company České Lesy which owns half of the
forests in the Czech Republic.
People were given different kinds of trees to plant within the adopted strategy to grow mixed forests on the territory of the Czech Republic, which are more resistant to different kinds of pests.
České Lesy is planning to plant 55 million trees this year to help make up for the losses sustained through bark-beetle infestation.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he regretted the postponement of a vote
on the Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday, adding that he
hoped Britain would clarify its position as soon as possible.
Mr. Babiš noted that since no one in the EU wanted a no deal Brexit one could only hope that British MPs would manage to approve both the required legislative changes and the Brexit deal by the set deadline. Similar reactions have come from politicians across the political spectrum.
A commemorative mass at St. Vitus Cathedral on Saturday paid tribute to the
victims of the Heydrich Terror, the Nazi backlash following the
assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich by Czech paratroopers in
In the aftermath of the attack, the paratroopers hid in the crypt of an Orthodox church in Prague for three weeks until their hiding place was betrayed. Three were killed in crossfire with the Nazis; the other four took their own lives rather than surrender. The priest and bishop who sheltered the soldiers were later murdered.
Some 13,000 people who were suspected of having helped the paratroopers were imprisoned and interrogated, many of them were transported to the Mauthausen concentration camp and subsequently executed. 300 people were killed.
The tradition of holding a mass in memory of the victims of this heroic act was established in 1945, broken off by the communist regime three years later, and re-established in 2011.
A unique collection of Bronze Age objects discovered five years ago near
Prague is on show at the Roztoky u Prahy chateau north-west of the capital.
The find, which was labelled “the find of the century” by archaeologists, comprises bowls, daggers and ornaments believed to be 3,000 years old.
The objects have undergone cleaning and conservation by archaeologists and will remain on display until March 2020.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has awarded the Czech Roman
Catholic priest and philosopher Tomáš Halík the Order of Merit of the
Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to Czech-German
reconciliation and furthering understanding among nations and religions.
Halík is to receive the award on October 21st, on the 41st anniversary of the day that he was secretly ordained priest in the German town of Erfurt in view of joining the underground activities of the Roman Catholic Church in then communist Czechoslovakia.