The conservative British philosopher, writer and political scientist Sir
Roger Scruton has died at the age of 75.
During the communist era, Scruton lectured at underground home seminars for dissidents and intellectuals who were banned from studying at universities by the communist regime.
He authored some 50 books on morals, politics, architecture and aesthetics.
In November 2019 Scruton received a Silver Medal from the Speaker of the Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera in recognition of his work for the Czech dissent.
The 18th century Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa, who was also the only
queen of Bohemia, will have a statue in Prague 6. The local town hall held
an open tender and commissioned the statue in 2014 for the price of four
million crowns. It is to be unveiled later this year and will stand in a
newly-established park bearing her name.
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina (May 13,1717 – November 29,1780) was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She started her 40-year reign when her father, Emperor Charles VI, died in October 1740. As queen of Bohemia she promulgated institutional, financial and educational reforms.
President Miloš Zeman, who nominated the government‘s commissioner for
human rights, Helena Válková, to the post of ombudswoman, has welcomed
her decision to refuse the nomination in the wake of allegations that she
had defended laws against dissidents during the Communist regime.He
indicated he might nominate Social Democrat MP Kateřina Valachová in her
According to the news site info.cz Válková also collaborated in her professional work with the former state prosecutor Josef Urválek, who was responsible for securing the death sentences of Milada Horáková, Rudolf Slánský and others in 1950s Communist show trials.
The news has put Válková under pressure to refuse the nomination for the post of ombudswoman and resign as the government‘s commissioner for human rights. Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček said on Sunday he would welcome her resignation.Válková has made no indication she is considering such a move.
She told journalists that the claims made by the news site info.cz were untruthful and insulting and that she planned to sue the site for slander. She said she could only be criticized for having joined the communist party.
The growth of pensions will continue regardless of the economic situation
of the country and in 2021 the average monthly pension should reach 15,000
crowns, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in a debate on commercial TV
Prima on Sunday.
He also rejected claims that the Czech pension is in danger of collapsing in view of the retirement of people from particularly high birth rate years in the near future.
According to Mr. Babiš, this decline will be replaced by higher social contributions from rising wages.
The cabinet is to debate a proposed pension reform on Tuesday.
Ester Ledecká won sixth place in a World Cup combined event in
Altenmarkt-Zauchensee on Sunday and ranked among the top ten in another
skiing discipline. She came fifth in the super-G, and sixth in the slalom.
The winner was Italian Federica Brignone.
Ledecká won the gold medal in super-G in alpine skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in a historic upset.
President Miloš Zeman will not go to China in April for the 17 + 1 summit,
attended by representatives from Central and Eastern Europe. He said one of
the reasons for his decision was the lack of Chinese investments in the
Czech Republic contrary to promises made.
Zeman told Blesk.cz. he would ask Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček to represent the country at the talks in China, which he considered adequate to the level of cooperation.
It is the first snub from the Czech head of state, who has spearheaded efforts to bring about a restart in Czech-Chinese relations.
In the same interview, the president confirmed his participation in the planned V-Day celebrations in Moscow.
His participation was uncertain after the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the introduction of a Czech memorial day commemorating the victims of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Mr. Zeman said he intended to bring up the issue in person during the visit.
Karolína Plíšková won her second consecutive Brisbane International
title when she beat Madison Keys in a three-set final at the Queensland
Tennis Centre on Sunday.
The Czech world number two won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours, seven minutes on Pat Rafter Arena.
Plíšková's third Brisbane title in four years and her 16th on the WTA tour stamps her as one of the favourites for the upcoming Australian Open.
An amateur treasure hunter found 50 silver coins, probably from the 16th
century, using a metal detector in the Moravian Karst in Blansko. Another
dozen coins were unearthed when archaeologists combed the site.
The coins are now being inspected and will need to be conserved before being shown to the public at the Blansko Museum, the ČTK reported.
Medieval coins have been unearthed in the Moravian Karst in the past. Several silver coins from the 13th century were discovered in 2016.
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