Communist Party leader Vojtech Filip, who suffered a heart attack on
Wednesday, has been released from hospital into home care, the ctk news
The Communist Party boss, who is also one of the deputy speakers of the lower house, underwent heart surgery and is reported to be doing well.
The 65-year old Filip has led the Communist Party since 2005 and plans to run for re-election in the spring.
The former transport minister Vladimir Kremlík, who was recently sacked
for mismanaging a public tender, has announced he is writing a book on the
real balance of power and shady political practices taking place behind the
Kremlík said on social networks that he had completed the first chapter and the public could expect interesting revelations with regard to the National Property Fund, the Unipetrol oil refinery and the energy sector.
He indicated the book would contain erotic parts and read like a detective story.
Kremlík served as transport minister for a year before Prime Minister Andrej Babiš dismissed him for mismanaging an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will not have to apologize for
defamatory comments he made about the Czech branch of Transparency
International, the Central Bohemian regional court ruled on Friday.
According to the court the prime minister’s comments did not significantly violate the organization’s rights and Transparency could have publicly reacted to his words. The verdict is not legally binding.
Ever since TI brought to the EU’s attention a possible conflict of interest involving Mr Babiš and EU funds, the Czech PM has repeatedly described the NGO as corrupt.
Babiš’lawyer said the prime minister had made the comment in reference to the organization’s financing, not its activities. Transparency has said it will appeal the verdict.
A deputy Czech minister of foreign affairs informed the Chinese ambassador
to Prague on Wednesday that a letter sent by his embassy to the
president’s office warning against the consequences of a Czech Senate
speaker visiting Taiwan was not standard diplomatic communication. The
exchange was made public by the minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš
News site Aktuálně.cz reported on the letter in January, saying the Office of the President had passed it on to then Senate speaker Jaroslav Kubera. However, Mr. Kubera died before his planned trip to Taiwan could take place.
Mr. Kubera’s freshly elected replacement, Miloš Vystrčil, said he was weighing up whether to travel to Taiwan and would consult the matter with experts.
The first day of a European Union summit in Brussels saw no progress on
finding agreement on the bloc’s 2021–2027 budget, the Czech prime
minister, Andrej Babiš, told reporters on Thursday night. Four states are
rejecting proposals from European Council president Charles Michel; he
wants national contributions of 1.074 percent of gross national income but
they say they will contribute a maximum of 1.0 percent of GNI.
Mr. Babiš said if the European Council put forward budget figures that it would not have sufficient funds to cover that left a fundamental problem.
He said if the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Austria did not back down on Friday there was no point in carrying on negotiations.
Pavel Šámal has been appointed a justice of the Czech Constitutional
Court by President Miloš Zeman in a ceremony at Prague Castle. The judge,
who previously headed the Supreme Court, was approved by the Senate in a
vote at the end of last month. His appointment means that the
Constitutional Court is now complete after over a year.
The president said on Thursday that he believed Justice Šámal’s appointment would help make the country’s highest court more dynamic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit Prague in the first half of
this year, meaning during the current Czech presidency of the Visegrad
Four, iHned.cz said on Thursday. The news site reported that the German
leader had been invited to a summit of Visegrad Four prime ministers and
would most likely come to the Czech capital in May.
Chancellor Merkel’s last visit to the Czech Republic was in October 2018, shortly before events marking the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
Police have charged three people with fraud amounting to over CZK 1
billion. Using the company name J. O. Investment, the accused offered to
invest clients’ money on international stock exchanges and to deliver
very high returns.
Officers from the police’s organised crime unit said more than 2,000 people were allegedly duped by the three, who now face up to 10 years in jail of found guilty of serious fraud.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his ANO party colleague Finance Minister
Alena Schillerová are the two of the most popular politicians in the
country, suggests an opinion poll released on Thursday. The STEM survey of
ministers and party leaders indicates that 50 percent of Czechs view Mr.
Babiš favourably, while Ms. Schillerová’s approval rating has climbed
to 47 percent.
The next most popular lower house politicians are the Social Democrats’ Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová, on 41 percent approval, and Pirates’ chairman Ivan Bartoš on 40 percent.
The state attorney’s office has charged two people in connection with the
collapse of a foot bridge in Prague. The architect of the bridge in the
city’s Troja area and a former head of the bridges section at the state
agency that manages communications are facing charges of reckless
negligence, the Czech News Agency reported.
Four people were injured, two of them seriously, when the bridge collapsed into the Vltava River in late 2017.
Prosecutors say steel ropes on the structure were damaged by corrosion and that it crumpled following an inadequate safety review and poorly executed repairs.
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