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Published: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:11:00 +0100

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Man who played protest song at Zeman meeting committed misdemeanour

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:11:00 +0100

A police investigation has concluded that the sound engineer who played the 1968 protest song Prayer for Martha during one of President Zeman’s meetings with the public in the town of Lipníku nad Bečvou had committed a misdemeanour. The sound engineer who chose this way to protest against the policies…

Sobotka government to resign on November 29th

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:09:00 +0100

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said he will hand over his government’s resignation on Wednesday, November 29th, i.e. after the newly-elected Chamber of Deputies ends its consituting session. Prime Minister Sobotka confirmed the date on Twitter on Friday. President Miloš Zeman announced earlier…

Moscow issues protest over vandalized statue of Russian Marshal Konev

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:08:00 +0100

Moscow has issued a sharp protest over the vandalizing of a statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague which was spray painted with the dates 1956, 1961, 1968 and 2017 earlier this week. The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the act as vandalism and an insult to those who had laid down their lives…

Robert McCrum: bringing out Havel and Kundera

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 02:01:00 +0100

In his twenty years as editor-in-chief of the publishers Faber and Faber, Robert McCrum introduced some of the best Czech writers, including Václav Havel, Milan Kundera and Josef Škvorecký, to English speaking readers. This was in the days before the fall of communism and his visits to Czechoslovakia involved a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities. A few days ago Robert McCrum returned to the Czech Republic, to see how the country is faring on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion. He spoke to David Vaughan.

Prague – an architectural gem in the heart of Europe

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 02:01:00 +0100

Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Charles Bridge and the astronomical clock on Old Town Square are some of the architectural jewels that attract millions of visitors to Prague every year. What is special about the city is its historic authenticity documenting the city’s urban development of over a thousand years. The integral complex of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, its romantic cobbled alleys and gas lamps give visitors the impression that they have travelled back in time.

TOP 09 to confirm new chairman

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:39:00 +0100

Euro MP and former justice minister Jiří Pospíšil is set to be the next chairman of TOP 09 at the party’s congress at the weekend, taking over from one of the founders and current leader Miroslav Kalousek who is stepping down, news site iDnes reports. The party, which finished third in the national election…

Prague court confirms Russian hacker can be extradited to US

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:19:00 +0100

Prague’s High Court confirmed on Friday that Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin can be extradited to the United States; the 30-year-old hacker was arrested by Czech police in October 2016 on an international warrant. Mr Nikulin is also sought by Moscow. Prague’s Municipal Court earlier ruled that requests…

“Hitler, Stalin and I” – an oral history based on Heda Margolius Kovály’s interviews with Czech filmmaker Helena Treštíková –published in English

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:40:32 +0100

Heda Margolius Kovály was a well-known writer and translator who survived the Auschwitz extermination camp and whose first husband, Rudolf Margolius, a deputy minister of foreign trade, was found guilty in the notorious Slánský show trials in what is one of the darkest chapters in Czechoslovak history. In the 1970s, Heda published a memoir which has been in print ever since. But now, a new publication called “Hitler, Stalin and I”, based on four days of interviews with documentary filmmaker Helena Treštíková in 2001 and made into a film of the same name, is set to be published in English.

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Daily news summary 24.11.2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:36:00 +0100

President wraps up Russia visit, deputy speakers, pension payments drop

Lobbyist files request for remainder of sentence to be lifted

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:35:00 +0100

Lobbyist Roman Janoušek has filed a request with Prague’s Municipal Court for the remainder of his prison sentence to be waived for health reasons. His health has failed to improve and his sentence was aready put on hold once. Mr Janoušek was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for a hit-and-run while driving…


Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:28:00 +0100

Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy. Daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 9 degrees Celsius.

Interior Ministry confirms nine candidates will run for president

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:26:00 +0100

The Interior Ministry has officially confirmed there will be nine candidates in the presidential election in January, and rejected and additional 11 would-be entries who failed to gather the requisite signatures. Successful applicants were required to collect either 50,000 signatures from the public,…

EU leaders set to strengthen Eastern Partnership with 20-point programme

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:21:26 +0100

A new boost to the so-called Eastern Partnership was due to be given by EU leaders meeting in Brussels on November 24.

President completes state visit to Russia

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:38:00 +0100

Czech President Miloš Zeman, has completed an official state visit to Russia, during which he met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and also Mikhail Gorbachev. A delegation representing some 130 Czech firms accompanied the head of the state on his visit since the beginning…

Lawmakers elect four of five deputy speakers

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:22:00 +0100

Lawmakers elected four of five deputy speakers in the new Chamber of Deputies on Friday, giving their votes to Vojtěch Pikala of the Pirate Party, Tomio Okamura, the head of the Freedom and Direct Democracy, Vojtěch Filip of the Communist Party, and Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats. Petr Fiala, the…

Council of Europe commissioner welcomes Lety pig farm deal

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:59:34 +0100

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, has welcomed a deal for the Czech government to acquire the site of a pig farm in Lety, southern Bohemia, which once housed a World War II internment camp for Roma.

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London Czech Embassy celebrates reopening with massive event

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:52:34 +0100

The Czech Embassy in London will on Friday evening celebrate its reopening after a two-year renovation project. The large-scale event will see performances by singer Lenny and artists František Skála and Petr Nikl, a light show provided by Prague’s Signal festival and drinks from the world-renowned bar owner Pavel Tvaroh. Ahead of the celebration, I caught up with Ambassador Libor Sečka at his newly remodeled office.

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Czech pension payments drop to 8.3 percent of GDP

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:41:00 +0100

The proportion of Czech national wealth flowing into the payment of pensions has dropped in the past years to 8.3 percent from 9.7 percent. The figures were released by the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs. According to the outgoing head of the Pensions Commission, Martin Potůčka, politicians…

Viktoria Plzeň book place in next stage of Europa League

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:39:00 +0100

In football, Viktoria Plzeň booked a place in the next stage of the Europa League after beating Romanian club FCSB at home 2:0 on Thursday night. The win secured the Czech club second place in the group. Slavia Prague also increased its chances of further European football with an away 2:0 win against…

Former West Ham manager Bilič could head for Sparta: reports

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:53:00 +0100

Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilič could be lined up as the new coach of Sparta Prague, Czech news sites reported Thursday. The web site Seznam reported that Bilič’s agent is due in Prague next week for talks with club bosses about the possible engagement of the Croat. Sparta are currently fifth…

Statue of Soviet general daubed with red dates in Prague

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0100

A statue of the Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague was daubed with the dates of 1956, 1961, 1968 and 2017 in red paint, the police reported Thursday. It is the latest of a number of incidents surrounding the controversial statue of the general who led the Soviet move on Prague at the end of WWII. In…

“Second” Czech city cool again

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:55:42 +0100

Brno is cool again. The second city of the Czech Republic is finally shedding its somewhat shabby image and finding healthy self-confidence. Its streets are filling with smart shops and there is a lot to do and see. As our reporter Vít Pohanka found out it is definitely a place worth visiting.

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Daily news summary 23.11.2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:46:00 +0100

Babiš to be named PM on December 6 Final deal for Lety Brno Grand Prix profit


Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:43:00 +0100

The weather Friday will mostly be overcast with sunny intervals in the north of the country. Fog could occur in the Olomouc region. Top temperatures will range between seven and 14 degrees Celsius.

Škoda Auto step up strike threat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:00:42 +0100

Unions at Volkswagen’s Czech manufacturer Škoda Auto are threatening to go on strike, claiming that the company doesn’t show enough interest in its employees, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday.

ANO leader says regional governors will have to make choice over positions

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:56:00 +0100

ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said that he expected party members elected to parliament who are also regional governors to choose between one or other of the functions. Babiš said he would give them some time to make the decision. The choice could affect three or four ANO members of parliament. Karlovary Vary…

Guilty verdict in case that brought down Nečas government

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:46:48 +0100

A Czech court has found Jana Nečasová – the former mistress of ex-prime minister Petr Nečas – guilty of misusing her position to gain intelligence in order to spy on her lover’s then wife. Nečasová, who denies the charges, is now considering whether to appeal the ruling.

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Czech Dukovany unscheduled reactor outage ends

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:50:00 +0100

Electricity producer ČEZ said Thursday that the unscheduled shutdown of its Dukovany-4 nuclear reactor had ended early in the morning. The 510 MW capacity reactor should be at full power during the evening of November 23. That would mean all four Dukovany reactor and two Temelín reactors would be operating…

Czechs drop to 48th in FIFA rankings

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:48:00 +0100

The Czech Republic’s football team has slipped down the FIFA rankings. The top men’s team dropped two places to stand at 48th. The team failed to qualify for the World Cup being hosted by Russia next year. The team won two friendlies during a mini-tournament in Qatar, beating Iceland as well the hosts.…

Flagship Brno motor sport event makes slim profit

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:56:00 +0100

The Czech Republic’s main motor sport event, the motorcycle Grand Prix at Brno, made a slim profit of 4 million crowns this year. The figure was revealed Thursday by Brno mayor Petr Votřál. The event, part of the world championships and this year staged between August 4 and 6, is sponsored by city,…