• 12/09/2021

    Prime Minister designate Petr Fiala met President Miloš Zeman on Thursday to discuss the next steps in appointing the new government, Mr Fiala wrote on his Twitter account.

    The Czech head of state reportedly indicated that he would not under any circumstances name the government’s candidate for minister of foreign affairs, Pirate Party MP Jan Lipavský.

    In an interview on Czech Television on Wednesday evening, Mr Fiala said he was ready to turn to the Constitutional Court should the president refuse to name any of the prospective ministers. Mr Fiala also said he didn’t plan on making any changes to the current list of ministerial camndidates.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 12/09/2021

    Czech state honours, normally presented at Prague Castle by the head of state on the traditional October 28 Independence Day holiday, have been further postponed.

    After first postponing the ceremony to New Year's Day, due to his health, President Miloš Zeman, has now said through a spokesman that it will not be held until the Covid situation allows.

    The 2020 ceremony did not take place due to the Covid situation, so laureates from that year and 2021 will be presented with medals and orders together, possibly before spring.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/09/2021

    Czech laboratories registered 16,179 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, around 5000 fewer than on the same day last week.

    The seven-day incidence rate dipped below 1,000 for the first time since November 21, to 979 new infections per 100,000 population.

    However, six of the country’s 13 regions have an incidence rate of over 1,000. The lowest rate is in the Karlovy Vary region, with 447 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/08/2021

    After an exceptional season, Czech tennis player Barbora Krejčíková has received two WTA awards: one for Most Improved Player of the Year and another for Doubles Team of the Year, with her partner on the court Kateřina Siniaková.

    Krejčíková started the year in 65th place in the WTA singles rankings, managed to rise to third place and will conclude the season as the fifth best tennis player in the world. She was also nominated for the Best Player of the Year award, however that went to world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/08/2021

    In the Champions Hockey League, Sparta Prague has lost the quarter-final first leg match at home by a score of 2:5 to the Swedish club Rögle BK from Ängelholm.

    To advance to the semi-finals, Sparta must will have to win their next match by at least four goals. The second leg takes place on next Tuesday at the Swedish team’s home rink.

  • 12/08/2021

    Thursday should be partly cloudy to overcast throughout the country with occasional light snowfall expected. Daytime highs should range from -2 to 2 degrees Celsius.

  • 12/08/2021

    The Regional Museum in Olomouc has opened a multimedia exhibition about Emperor Rudolf II – a hologram of whom will serve as a guide, a museum spokesman told ČTK.

    The exhibition features little-known facts about the monarch’s life, including about his less-documented youth and studies in Spain, complicated relationship with his younger brother Matthias, murderous son, and many mistresses.

    The exhibition also highlights interesting details about the items in the vast imperial art collection that Rudolf II amassed when Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/08/2021

    Marcela Machotková, a renowned former soloist at the National Theatre Opera has died at the age of 90.

    Born in Turnov, she began her singing career at the FX Šalda Theatre in Liberec. She spent much of the 1960s in Pilsen before joining the National Theatre in Prague, where she performed for nearly two decades.

    Machotková received the Thalia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Opera soon after retiring from the stage.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/08/2021

    The outgoing Czech government wants to deploy 150 Czech soldiers to help Poland patrol its border with Belarus, for a period of 180 days (roughly six months).

    Thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants are trapped in the no-man’s land between the countries, creating what Czech and EU officials have called a wilful humanitarian crisis set in motion by the Belarusian regime.

    The Czech soldiers would help protect the border but not engage directly with the refugees or migrants, outgoing prime minister Andrej Babiš proposes.

    His successor, Petr Fiala, is backing the proposal, which after approval by the Babiš cabinet will be debated by relevant committees in both houses of Parliament.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 12/08/2021

    President Miloš Zeman is continuing his talks with candidates for ministerial posts in the five-party coalition government of prime minister-designate Petr Fiala.

    On Wednesday, the head of state is due to receive Vít Rakušan of the Independents and Mayors party, tapped to be the next interior minister, and fellow party-member Jozef Síkela, the candidate to become minister of industry and trade.

    Zeman began meeting the candidate ministers on November 29 and is due to have his last tête-à-tête on Friday. The meetings are in person, but Zeman sits in a plexiglass box throughout, as he has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Thus far, the president has reportedly only objected to one candidate, Jan Lipavský of the Pirate Party, who is tapped to be the next foreign minister. After the two met on Tuesday morning, Lipavský said the Czech Republic needs to greatly rethink its relations with Russia and China, two states with which the president has fostered close ties.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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