Hoisting a giant pair of red underpants over Prague Castle was a criminal act, the news site Seznam Zprávy informed on Wednesday, citing the verdict of Prague’s Municipal Court. The guerrilla art group Ztohoven replaced the presidential banner with a pair of underpants in a stunt in September last year in protest at the policies of President Miloš Zeman. Earlier this year, a Prague district court ruled that the act was a misdemeanour, but the verdict was appealed by the prosecutor. Three members of the group face jail sentences of up to three years on charges of theft, disorderly conduct and damage to property.
Czech number one women’s tennis player, Karolína Plíšková, has announced that she has split with her coach, Jiří Vaněk, who has trained her since 2014. Under his leadership Plíšková won five tournaments, advanced to the US Open finals and reached the fifth spot in the WTA rankings. Plíšková said she would start looking for a replacement coach after the holidays.
Prague’s Na Příkopech Street is the 23rd most expensive retail location in the world, according to an annual report by real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield called Main Streets across the World. The Prague shopping street has moved up two positions from last year’s 25th spot with rents now amounting to 2,400 euro (some 65,000 crowns) per square metre a year.
The government on Wednesday approved a proposed legislation that broadens the powers of the country’s military police, the spokesman for the government, Martin Ayrer, informed on his Twitter account. Under the proposal, the military police would have the right to use undercover agents, carry out surveillance or use informers. The amendment would also enable military police officers to acquire and process personal data. The bill will now be sent to the lower house for debate.
Milan Štěch was re-elected chairman of the Senate at the upper chamber’s first session since elections to a third of the house last month. The former trade union leader, who has been a member of the Senate since it was established in 1996, was elected despite protests from the Christian Democrats and Mayors and Independents, who refused to vote for him due to his signing of the declaration on Czech-Chinese relations issued by the country’s key officials during a visit to Prague by the Dalai Lama.
Bohumil Šimek of the ANO party has become the new governor of the South Moravian region. Mr. Šimek was elected by councillors in a secret ballot on Wednesday. He will replace Social Democrat Michal Hašek, who served two terms in the post. The South Moravian region will be governed by a coalition of the winning ANO party with Social Democrats, TOP 09, Žít Brno and Mayors for South Moravia.
German automotive supplier Robert Bosch in will receive government incentives totalling up to 44 million crowns to expand production and establish a technological centre at České Budějovice. The government approved the plan on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka wrote on his Twitter account. According to him, the investment could create up to 620 new jobs. The company plans to invest 2.2 billion crowns to expanding production and expanding its development centre. Robert Bosch is the biggest mechanical engineering company in South Bohemia. Last year it increased its turnover by 23 percent to 18.3 billion crowns.
The two main parties in the government are at odds over the influential position of head of the national association of regional governors. The Social Democrats, who have five governors after recent elections, want their Jiří Zimola (the governor of South Bohemia) to replace party colleague Michal Hašek as leader of the organisation. However, ANO, who have six governors, say they will put forward their own candidate. However, ANO boss Andrej Babiš has not named a nominee.