Top government officials miss Prague Castle ceremony

Prime Minister Petr Nečas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg missed Sunday's ceremony at Prague Castle where President Václav Klaus, for the last time as head of state, presents state honours and decorations to distinguished personalities. A spokesman for the prime minister said Mr Nečas could not attend the event for health reasons while Mr Schwarzenberg told the news website he was out of Prague for the day, adding it didn’t really matter whether politicians attended the ceremony.

Author: Jan Velinger