Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the Czech Republic for its firm
stand regarding the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Czech
Republic was one of three countries which last week blocked a joint
declaration by the European Union criticising the US for transferring its
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
President Rivlin also expressed appreciation of President Zeman’s view that the Czech Republic should follow the US example. The Czech President received an invitation to visit Israel, which the Israeli head of state said would further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries.
In a recent telegram of congratulations on Israel’s Independence Day Prime Minister Andrej Babiš reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s intention to open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem by the end of May.
Czechs’ trust in the EU has increased to 44 percent, up by five percent
as compared to last year, according to the results of a poll undertaken by
the CVVM agency.
Forty-eight percent of respondents said that the measure of integration within the EU should best remain as it is and 73 percent said they are against the Czech Republic adopting the euro.
The negative public stand against euro adoption has been evident since 2010. In the years between 2006 and 2009 the number of supporters and opponents was more or less balanced.
The ANO party will not reveal its list of candidates for ministers in the
next coalition government, ANO leader and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
on Monday. He was responding to calls from the Social Democrats for the
list to be unveiled ahead of a Social Democratic Party referendum on
whether the party should enter into a coalition government with ANO.
ANO will also need to address a recently voiced condition for tolerance from the Communist Party which wants the parties of the future government to commit not to increase the country’s presence in foreign missions.
Art historians from the Academy of Sciences have appealed to Prague
councillors not to approve the demolition of Libeň Bridge dating back to
1928. City councillors are divided on the matter and are due to vote on it
Art historians have sent the city council an open letter asking councillors not to consider just the economic aspects of the decision but to take into account the cultural legacy which is at stake.
The bridge has been badly neglected and some councillors argue that pulling it down and building a new bridge would be less costly than saving the old one.
The Ministry of Finance has been fined for violating public tenders, Czech
television reported on Monday.
The Antimonopoly Office is reported to have found violations in more than half a dozen cases and fined the ministry over 1.5 million crowns altogether.
The ministry rejects any wrongdoing and has taken the matter to the regional court in Brno.
MPs are considering legislative changes in a response to a major shortage
of doctors working with the emergency services, Czech Television reported
on Monday. Under a new proposal, young doctors who do not yet have the
attestation that makes them full doctors would be allowed to serve with
ambulance crews if they are overseen by an experienced colleague.
Rescue services in all regions of the country are suffering from a shortage of doctors. Or almost 1,000 in action at present only around 60 are young doctors, Czech Television said.
The Czech Republic have reached the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey World
Championships. Coach Josef Jandač’s team demolished France 6:0 and had
their qualification secured when Sweden later beat Switzerland.
David Pastrňák and Roman Horák scored two apiece for the Czech Republic while Dmitrij Jaškin and Martin Nečas each found the net once in Sunday’s game. In their final Group A match the Czechs will face Austria later on Monday.
Following a period of unusually warm weather for the time of year,
forecasters are predicting a return to normal. According to a regular
four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, both
temperatures and precipitation should be average for the time of year
between now and mid-June.
The warmest week in the coming month should be the second week of June, the meteorologists say.
The Social Democrats say they have no intention of a written agreement with
the Communist Party under which the latter would pledge support for a
possible coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats. Martin Netolický,
deputy chair of the Social Democrats, expressed their position on a TV
debate show on Sunday. He said it would be up to ANO to deal with the
Communists as the main party in the potential government.
Mr. Netolický also said it was not the Communists’ place to assess the names his party was putting forward for the cabinet as the party would not bear responsibility for governing the country.
Talks are ongoing about an ANO-Social Democrats minority government supported on key votes in the lower house by the Communists. This would give the latter a share of power for the first time since 1989.