Czech leaders have criticised President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris global climate accord. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Twitter that abandoning the climate deal simply because it would temporarily afford a more comfortable life was a mistake. Mr. Sobotka said President Trump’s decision was a bad blow to the Paris agreement, but would not destroy it. This sentiment was echoed by Environment Minister Richard Brabec, who said the US president’s decision was bad news for the international community and environmental protection efforts.
The Czech Republic has appointed its second diplomat tasked with boosting Czech innovation and research. The country’s second appointee is Luděk Moravec, and he will be posted to the United States. Mr Moravec, who is 37, has until now worked in the security, research and education department of the Interior Ministry. He is scheduled to start in his new job by the end of July. I asked Mr Moravec what he sees as the main priorities of his job:
Months ago there were reports that the next US ambassador to Prague could be Ivana Trump, the Czech-born ex-wife of President Donald Trump. There are now reports that the next American ambassador will be Steve King. There was some confusion early on Friday, whether the person in question was a US congressman for the state of Iowa or, as it emerged later, a businessman of the same name who contributed to the Trump campaign.
The head of President Miloš Zeman’s foreign affairs office, Hynek Kmoníček, was confirmed this week as the next Czech ambassador to the United States. A career diplomat, who in the past served as ambassador to India and Australia, he is going to have to hit the ground running, as an upcoming visit by the Czech head of state and other officials are planned.
Minister for Trade and Industry Jan Mládek says he hopes to visit the Tesla Motors electric car headquarters in the United States and possibly meet with founder Elon Musk to encourage him to site a plant in the Czech Republic. Mládek told the business daily Hospodářské Noviny that his trip to the US could take place in May and exploratory talks with Tesla were already underway. Czech chances of landing an electric car plant have reportedly been boosted by the possibility of exploiting large lithium deposits in the north of the country near the German border. Lithium is a key material for the batteries used in electric cars.
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is at the center of media attention world-wide. What kind of leader will he turn out to be and how will his presidency impact European and world affairs? Those are questions that not just Czechs, but people around the globe are asking themselves. American entrepreneur Brady Clough has lived and worked in the Czech Republic since 1993. I asked him about his impressions of the US president-elect and how he interpreted some of his recent comments about the European Union, Brexit
In the Czech Republic, much has been made of the new US president’s Czech connections, given his former marriage to Czech socialite and businesswoman Ivana (formerly Zelníčková) from 1977 to 1991. Together they had three children who have now become household names – Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka – and of course Donald Jr. speaks fluent Czech. The hope is that this and other factors could be assets when it comes to Czech-US relations.
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