Nobel Peace Prize winner, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi has postponed
her planned visit to the Czech Republic, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on
its web page.
The ministry said Aung San Suu Kyi had been forced to change her plans amid growing tension over alleged human rights abuses by the Burmese military against the minority Rohingya people.
Aung San Suu Kyi last visited the Czech Republic in 2013 to attend the Forum 2,000 conference launched by the former Czech president Vaclav Havel.
Police have launched criminal proceedings in the case of the Stork’s Nest
farm and hotel complex which was investigated on suspicion of EU subsidy
The case is linked to ANO leader Andrej Babiš who is suspected of having
orchestrated a plan for his Stork’s Nest farm to acquire a 50 million
crown EU subsidy which should technically have been out of his reach.
Earlier this month the lower house stripped both Andrej Babiš and his deputy Jaroslav Faltýnek of their parliamentary immunity opening the way for prosecution.
The police have not released information on the number of people charged in the case.
Life expectancy in the Czech Republic will not reach West European
standards until 2030, according to a population projection and comparative
study of European states.
Even though the life expectancy of Czechs has risen by almost 4 years since 2000, it is still several years shorter than in France, Spain, Italy and the Nordic countries. At present the life expectancy for Czech men is 76 years and 82 years for women.
President Zeman’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček has come under fire from
all sides for comparing the EU to Hitler’s Third Reich. Czech politicians
labelled the comment outrageous and shameful, questioning Ovčáček ’s
competence for the post.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Ovčáček was the president’s tool to keep him in the news, insult his opponents and divide society.
Ovčáček lashed out at the EU on Facebook over the fact that the Czech potato-based alcohol locally known as “rum” that cannot be labelled as such due to an EU regulation which says the term must be reserved for cane-based spirits. When asked about the comment, Ovčáček said his words were warranted because such actions by some in the EU damaged its reputation.
Prague’s international airport has warned passengers to give themselves
extra time to reach the airport for Monday’s flights in view of the taxi
drivers’ protest planned for that day.
On its web page the Vaclav Havel Airport administration predicts traffic problems and advises tourists to use city transport instead.
The Czech Association of Taxi Drivers has announced a protest action against the Uber taxi service on Monday in which taxi drivers are expected to slow-down traffic on the main route to the airport.
The EU needs to speed up its decision-making and improve communication in
many areas, EU leaders agreed at an informal diner in Tallinn ahead of
Friday’s EU summit.
Prime Minister Sobotka said that while none of the leaders present expressed a desire to change the basic treaties of the EU, there was criticism regarding communication and how long it took to reach agreement on issues such as security, migration or salaries across the EU.
It was agreed that the President of the European Council Donald Tusk should address the matter and suggest changes which are to be discussed at October’s EU summit in Brussels, Sobotka said. EU leaders are meeting in Tallinn to discuss Europe's digital future.
The EU’s commissioner for gender equality and consumer rights, Vera
Jourova told journalists she had deleted her Facebook account in protest
against hate speech.
Jourova described the social network as "a highway for hatred“ and said she had herself been targeted by trolls.
Despite her harsh characterization of Facebook, Jourova said the EU was giving the social media companies a chance to prove that they can regulate their own conduct.
She said living behind the Iron Curtain in what was then Czechoslovakia made her loth to bring forward cross-EU legislation and introduce fines.
Police are investigating the cause of an explosion outside the main
building of Masaryk University in Brno that injured two people on Thursday.
A pressure bottle reportedly exploded in a van parked on the premises. The police have ruled out terrorism. The damage is expected to exceed one million crowns.
Several thousand people gathered in the town of Stara Boleslav on Thursday for the annual pilgrimage of St. Wenceslas dedicated to the patron saint of the Czech nation. An open air mass held outside the church where the prince was murdered by dissenters, among them his brother Boleslav, was served by Bishop Frantisek Lobkowicz. The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, spoke about St. Wenceslas'legacy. Events in the town include theatre performances, concerts and a traditional St. Wenceslas fair. September 28, the day on which the prince was murdered,is observed as the Day of Czech Statehood and is a public holiday.