Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček iodf the Social Democratic party said
he was ready to resign, following the meeting of top officials at the Lány
Chateau on Thursday concerning the replacement of Culture Minister Antonín
Mr. Petříček told the Czech News Agency he was disappointed by the outcome of the meeting between President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Antonín Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček, adding that he didn’t see many possibilities for the Social Democrats to remain in the government.
His party colleague, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová, wrote on her Facebook account that if the Constitution and the coalition agreement were violated, Social Democrat ministers were ready to resign.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will honour cinematographer
Vladimír Smutný on Thursday with a special screening of the 1983 film End
of the Lonely Farm Berghof.
The seven-time winner of the Czech Lion for Best Cinematography, and a two-time winner of the Czech Film Critics’ Award is set to receive the festival’s President‘s Award at the closing ceremony on Saturday.
Mr Smutný has collaborated on countless films, including the Oscar-winning Kolya by Jan Svěrák and the recently completed The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul.
US studio Steven Holl Architects + Architecture Acts has won an international architectural and urbanistic competition for a concert hall in Ostrava, the city’s mayor Zdeněk Macura announced on Thursday. The cost of the building, which is to be located in the city centre, is estimated at 1.5 billion crowns. The construction works should begin in 2022 and should be completed by the end of 2023. The winning proposal was supported by six out of seven members of the jury.
The open-air festival Rock for People gets underway on Thursday at the
former military airfield near Hradec Králové in east Bohemia. Among the
headliners this year are the British bands Manic Street Preachers, Franz
Ferdinand and Bring Me the Horizon.
Now in its 25th year, Rock for People is one of the biggest music events of its kind in the Czech Republic, with over 100 bands, musicians and DJs performing over the course of the next three days.
The Czech weather office has extended a fire warning to the whole of the Czech Republic, in reaction to especially dry conditions in the coming days. In line with the warning, people should refrain from building campfires, smoking or heating meals on portable cookers out in the open. According to the weekly weather forecast, there should only be scattered showers in the coming days, with daytime temperatures hovering around 25 degrees Celsius. The fire warning has been issued for an indefinite period for all of the country’s regions.
President Miloš Zeman has not made any final decision concerning the
replacement of Culture Minister Antonín Staněk, Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš said after a meeting at Lány Chateau on Thursday. Mr Babiš and
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček met with the head of state with the aim
to resolve the dispute that could bring down the government.
Mr. Hamáček, leader of the Social Democrats, has threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition unless the president complies with his party’s request to remove Antonín Staněk from the post of culture minister and replace him with the party’s nominee Michal Šmarda. The president has so far refused to do so, despite the fact that the prime minister officially requested the minister’s dismissal over a month ago.
While Mr Babiš repeated that he would seek a compromise in the dispute in order to preserve the ruling coalition, Mr Hamáček said he would call a special meeting of the party leadership on July 15 to discuss the party’s possible exit from the government. Meanwhile, the president said he would meet with Mr. Hamáček and the culture minister on July 12 to try to reconcile them.
Culture Minister Antonín Staněk stepped down in mid-May after mounting pressure following his dismissal of the director of the National Gallery in Prague, Jiří Fajt, and the head of Olomouc’s Museum of Art, Michal Soukup, accusing them of improper management.
The traditional pilgrimage festival marking the legacy of Saints Cyril and
Methodius, Greek missionaries who brought Christianity to the Czech lands,
gets underway at Velehrad in South Moravia on Thursday.
The event, called the People of Goodwill Days, includes a number of cultural events, lectures and is traditionally attended by tens of thousands of believers. The celebrations will be launched in the evening with a charity concert and will culminate on Friday with a national pilgrimage and a celebratory mass.
Two Czech MEPs have been elected deputy chairpersons of the European
parliament. Dita Charanzová (44) of the ANO party is a member of the
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe political group. Before being
elected to the European Parliament in 2014 as an independent, she worked in
the Czech diplomatic service for over a decade. In the past election term,
she was a deputy chairwoman of the Committee on the Internal Market and
Marcel Kolaja is a newcomer to the European Parliament, serving as an MEP for the Pirate Party since the 2019 election. Mr. Kolaja, who is 39, is a computer expert working with free software and the copyright and is a member of the Greens group. As an MEP, he wants to focus on the digital agenda, IT and consumer rights.
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