Jiří Pospíšil has made his final address to the TOP 09 party as leader.
Mr. Pospíšil appeared before delegates at a congress in Prague at which a
new leadership of the right-wing opposition party will be selected on
The outgoing chairman said his two years at the helm had been successful and that TOP 09 were a significant force in Czech politics.
Mr. Pospíšil says he wishes to devote more energies to his post as member of the European Parliament.
The Czech Republic is planning to donate CZK 50 million in international
humanitarian aid by the end of this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
proposal should be discussed by the cabinet on Monday.
One-fifth of the funding is slated for an International Committee of the Red Cross medical aid programme in Eastern Ukraine. Two-fifths is intended for the UNHCR’s work with migration in Zambia and the remainder should go to the UNDRR, which focuses on disaster reduction.
The Czech film director Václav Marhoul has joined CAA, a top Hollywood talent agency, Deadline reported. His latest movie, The Painted Bird, was in competition at the Venice International Film Festival and is the Czech Republic’s submission for the Best International Feature Film in the Academy Awards. Marhoul’s previous works include the war drama Tobruk.
The Czech Army will cease guarding a NATO-led forces air base in Bagram,
Afghanistan at the end of March. The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír
Metnar, revealed the decision to journalists while on a visit to Czech
troops on Friday.
The Czechs have been looking after internal security at the Bagram base for six years. At present the country has around 170 soldiers on the ground.
Mr. Metnar said the Czech Republic would now focus on training Afghan special forces, while it would also send a military medical team to the country.
A number of Czech soldiers have been killed on the current mission over the years.
Government leaders ANO would have received 30 percent support if elections
had been held earlier this month, suggests a freshly published poll by
CVVM. The party were on 3.5 percent more in a previous survey by the
agency. The latest poll put the Civic Democrats on 14 percent, just ahead
of the Pirates on 13.5 percent.
In the CVVM survey the Christian Democrats and Freedom and Direct Democracy were just half a point above the 5-percent threshold to make the lower house. The Mayors and Independents and TOP 09 would have exited Parliament, with 4 percent and 3.5 percent, the poll indicates.
This year’s edition of Czech Press Photo was won by Lukáš Bíba for an
image of a Czech flag flying above a June demonstration at Prague’s
Letná Plain against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The jury said the
photograph was a symbol of the complicated political and social situation
in the country, with part of society taking part in passionate protests at
the same time as Mr. Babiš’s ANO party maintained a lead in opinion
The Czech Press Photo competition was held for the 25th time this year. Some photographers refused to take part in the latest edition, saying the contest’s standards had fallen.
Finance Minister Alena Schillerová has expressed deep shock over an
investigative report published on Seznam.cz revealing abuse of elderly
clients at an old age home in Ostrava.
A reporter infiltrated the home working undercover as a volunteer, bringing shocking testimony of physical and mental abuse of old people.
The minister, who visited the home two weeks ago within a two day trip to the region, said she was horrified by the revelations and called for a thorough investigation into the affair.
She said it might be worthwhile considering introducing strict psychological tests for employees in the future.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová described the revelations as “terrible” adding that she had sent an inspection team to the old age home immediately.
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