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Hamáček and Babiš in public exchange of words ahead of Monday meeting

Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO have been engaged in a public exchange of words ahead of a meeting on Monday intended to try to resolve a crisis surrounding the culture minister’s post. Mr. Babiš said the Social Democrats were looking for excuses to ... more >>
 

Julius Fučík – Czech Republic’s forgotten composer

Whether it is through the Entry of the Gladiators or the Florentine March, the music of 19th century composer Julius Fučík is known across the world. Although a prolific composer, with over 400 marches, polkas, and waltzes to his name, Fučík is relatively little known in his home country today. ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 17.8.2019

Babiš rejects Šmarda, Ostrava pride parade, MP hate speech investigated more >>
 

Ostrava’s first ever LGBT pride parade takes place

The first ever LGBT pride parade in Ostrava took place on Saturday afternoon. An estimated 300 mainly young people participated in the procession, which passed through the centre of the Czech Republic’s third city before culminating in an event offering music and talks at the Komenský sad park. ... more >>
 

Host of events planned for 30th anniversary of revolution

This year’s November 17 is the 30th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution and more events than usual are planned for the state holiday, the Czech News Agency reported. These include the opening of a new permanent exhibition at Prague’s National Museum focused on 20th century Czech and... more >>
 

Plíšková misses out on chance to be world number one after Cincinnati defeat

Karolína Plíšková has missed out on the chance of becoming women’s world tennis number one after being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters in the US. The Czech was beaten 3-6 7-6 3-6 by Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in a match that lasted almost two and a half hours. ... more >>
 

Cabinet to discuss tax on coal and gas heating next month

The Czech government is preparing a carbon tax that will concern coal and gas heating, the news site iDnes.cz reported on Saturday. Cabinet members are set to discuss the proposal, which is aimed at reduced greenhouse gas emissions, at the end of September. The move is required under the ... more >>
 

Weather forecast

Sunday should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic, with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to see some rain and daytime highs in the mid 20s Celsius. more >>
 

Okamura party MP investigated over anti-Muslim hate speech

Police are investigating comments made by an MP from Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy. In a Facebook post in January Karla Maříková compared Muslim migrants to invasive species of plants and animals that ought to be banned from the entering the European Union. She is suspected of ... more >>
 

Babiš rules out having Šmarda in his cabinet

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says he will not be in a government with Michal Šmarda, the Social Democrats’ nominee for arts minister. Miloš Zeman said this week that he would not appoint Mr. Šmarda and Mr. Babiš told reporters on Friday he shared the president’s view that he was not a good ... more >>
 

Richard Fidler: Prague and an uncanny sense of oddness

The Australian broadcaster and writer Richard Fidler is author of two bestsellers, Ghost Empire, a fascinating reconstruction of the history of ancient Byzantium, and Saga Land, a very personal journey into Icelandic history. His writing is lively and engaged, but he is also meticulous in his ... more >>
 

Top-level talks on government crisis to continue next week

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is to meet with President Miloš Zeman next Tuesday to try to resolve the controversy surrounding the appointment of a new culture minister. President Zeman this week refused to appoint the nominee chosen by the Social Democratic Party, reigniting a crisis that may ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 16.8.2019

Cyber-attacks,soldiers serving in foreign missions decorated, Ondra wins gold more >>
 

Prague Castle opens special exhibition on Wenceslas IV in light of 600 anniversary of ruler’s death

This Friday marks the 600 year anniversary since the death of King Wenceslas IV, who was simultaneously the king of Bohemia and of the Romans. His rule was marked by political miscalculation and excessive drinking. However, he was also an important patron of the arts. On the occasion of the ... more >>
 

Weather forecast

Saturday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib on tourism, China, Taiwan – and city’s two tanks

Zdeněk Hřib of the Pirate Party has been the mayor of Prague for only 10 months but has already garnered the attention of international media, particularly over his attempts to remove an article recognising the One China policy from the city’s partnership agreement with Beijing. I met with Mr. ... more >>
 

‘Eternal Hope’ festival celebrates legacy of Czech-born composers at Nazis’ ‘model camp’ in Terezín

A unique festival dedicated to Gustav Mahler and later Jewish composers interned by Nazi Germany in a north Bohemian ghetto gets underway this Sunday. Organised by the Eternal Hope foundation and the Terezín Composers’ Institute, the aim is to celebrate the work of brilliant composers whose lives... more >>
 

Czech Army decorates soldiers serving in foreign missions

Twenty-eight Czech soldiers who served in foreign missions in Kosovo, Italy and Afghanistan received medals of merit from the army’s deputy chief-of-staff, Lieutenant General Jaromír Zůna on Friday. Zůna thanked them for their dedicated service and for helping to fulfil the country’s ... more >>
 

Czech embassy in Libya to close down

The Czech Republic will close down its embassy in Libya as of September 1, the Czech Foreign Ministry says in a report which is to be debated by the government. Due to the security situation in Libya, the embassy has been operating from Tunis since April of 2015. Given that the Foreign ... more >>
 

Hip Hop Kemp festival organizers claim police repressions are to blame for sliding attendance

The organizers of the Hip Hop Kemp festival, which starts in Hradec Kralove on Friday, claim that police repressions are bringing down the number of visitors every year. The festival had around 25,000 visitors in 2015 and attendance has been sliding with every passing year. The organizers say ... more >>
 
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