A senior Czech government official has accused the European Commission of carrying out “neo-Marxist social experiments” with its handling of the migrant crisis, iDnes.cz reported. The head of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy at the Ministry of the Interior, Tomáš Haišman, said none of the migrants coming to Europe were real refugees; all of them are economic migrants as refugees from high risk states would merely flee to neighbouring countries that were safe, he said. Mr. Haišman made the comments at a seminar organised by a group called the Platform for the Preservation of European Culture and its Values.
A new exhibition at the Czech National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace in Prague features works by leading US artists, including James McNeill Whistler, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Entitled Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the show runs from Wednesday until January 8. It contains 140 works that organisers say provide a perspective on US print production from its beginnings in the 18th century to the present day.
Slovan Liberec manager Jindřich Trpišovský has held talks with Sparta Prague owner Daniel Křetínský on a possible move to the club, iSport.cz reported. After a game on Sunday Trpišovský told Liberec’s players he would hold negotiations with Sparta, the website said. The Prague side recently sacked Zdeněk Ščasný as boss following a derby defeat to Slavia. Trpišovský, who is 40, has twice led Liberec into the group stage of the Europa League.
The Pirate Party has published what it says is evidence that the minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec, copied part of his Bachelor’s thesis when he studied law at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň. The grouping say that two pages of the thesis are identical to school study notes published several years earlier. Mr. Chovanec denies plagiarism, saying he included a citation for the text in question. He accuses the Pirate Party of trying to create a scandal ahead of regional and Senate elections this weekend. The minister said in the past he would no longer use his title from Plzeň following questions over how he had managed to gain a degree in just nine months.
Police president Tomáš Tuhý has denied insulting ministers and the government at a public event. The website Seznam Zprávy on Tuesday posted video footage from a meeting in March in which Mr. Tuhý says he is ashamed of Justice Minister Robert Pelikán and indirectly accuses Finance Minister Andrej Babiš of influencing the media outlets he owns. Both represent the ANO party. In response, the police chief issued a statement saying he did not hear any insult in his comments, which he stood by.
Badly printed and therefore invalid voting slips have been discovered in several places in Central Bohemia ahead of regional elections taking place this weekend. The slips, which have been discovered in a number of municipalities, do not feature the names of candidates or have other shortcomings. A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior said it was an isolated problem and that voters could exchange them for correct voting slips at polling stations. Regional elections and the first round of voting for a third of Senate seats take place on Friday and Saturday.
The leading Czech internet company Seznam has launched its own news service, Seznam Zprávy. Operators say the site will focus on video news, fast news updates and strong personalities. A number of well-known journalists have joined the project from Czech Television and other leading local news outlets. Alongside reports posted during the day Seznam Zprávy says it will run live current affairs shows at the same time the main TV stations are showing their evening news.
Nuclear energy helps the Czech Republic ensure stable electricity supplies, the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, said at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Bratislava on Tuesday. Mr. Sobotka said that while renewable energy resources would be an asset in future years they could not be relied on exclusively at the present time. He told the conference that the Czech Republic expected to build new blocks at its Temelín and Dukovany nuclear power stations at some time in the future. Mr. Sobotka also criticised what he said were often populist efforts to discredit nuclear power.