Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with President Zeman at Prague Castle on
Sunday to present him with the new cabinet line-up. Mr Babiš said after
the meeting that his advisor and former labour and social affairs minister
František Koníček will not be part of the new cabinet. However, he
refused to disclose the names of ANO nominees for ministerial posts.
The appointment of the new government may be postponed due to a dispute over the Social Democrat’s choice of foreign minister, Miroslav Poche, who is opposed by the president and by the Communist Party.
The president claims that Mr. Poche, who had openly supported his opponent, Jiří Drahoš, in the recent presidential elections, is soft on migrants. Mr. Zeman said he will meet with Mr Poche next week and ask him to reconsider his nomination.
The Czech Communist party will not support the minority government created
by PM and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš if the Social Democrats stick to
MEP Miroslav Poche as their nominee for the post of foreign minister.
Communist party leader Vojtěch Filip made the statement in a debate programme on Czech Television on Sunday, calling Mr. Poche an untrustworthy person.
Leader of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, insists on the nomination of Mr Poche, but admits that the ultimatum from the Communist Party may be a serious obstacle in forming a viable government.
The Trebbia foundation for artists and art benefactors will hand out its
annual awards at a ceremony in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle on Sunday
evening. The prize for lifetime achievement will go to Czech opera singer
Slovak photographer Zuzana Mináčová and Czech-born Darja Klimentová, former Prima Ballerina of English National Ballet, will be among the recipients of the award for creative activities.
A new memorial marking a postwar massacre of Carpathian Germans was
unveiled on Sunday afternoon on the Švédské šance hill near the
Moravian town of Přerov.
Shortly after the end of WWII, in June 1945, Czechoslovak soldiers shot more than 260 Carpathian Germans on the site, most of them women and children. The event is considered one of the worst acts of revenge taken on German-speaking inhabitants in postwar Czechoslovakia.
The monument, a four meter high wrought-iron cross, was created by artisan blacksmith Jiří Jurda.
The inhabitants of Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou, a village in the Vysočina
region between Bohemia and Moravia, voted overwhelmingly against the
construction of a nuclear waste storage site on their land in a referendum
Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou is one of nine Czech locations being considered by experts for the purposes of a nuclear waste store. About 45 percent of the village’s inhabitants took part in the vote, which makes the referendum valid.
French President Emmanuel Macron, along with Czech and Slovak prime
ministers Andrej Babiš and Petr Pellegrini, will attend a ceremony marking
the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak armed forces, the
French weekly Vosges matin wrote this week.
The event will take place on June 30 at a memorial site in Darney in the north-east of France, where some 6,000 Czechoslovak legionaries swore allegiance to the emerging Czechoslovakia on June 30, 1918.
Czech film and theatre actress Gabriela Vránová has died at the age of
78, her son announced on Saturday.
The well-know actress spent the best part of her career at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, but she also performed in dozens of films and TV series and frequently worked for Czech Radio.
She was also respected for her work as a voice artist, for which she received the František Filipovský award for lifelong mastery.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová and her US doubles partner Bethanie
Mattek-Sands have announced a comeback after a one-year pause caused by
Mattek-Sands knee injury. Šafářová announced on Saturday that she will
pair up with her US partner at Wimbledon, which gets underway in July.
The pair last played together at the French Open in 2017, picking up their fifth Grand Slam title. Mattek-Sands subsequently suffered a serious knee injury during her second-round singles match at Wimbledon, which kept her out of action for almost a year.
The Czech-based investment group PPF will acquire 100 percent in Serbia’s
Telenor banka, which is part of the Telenor Group. The deal is part of an
acquisition of Telenor’s telecommunication assets in Central and Eastern
Europe, namely in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia. PPF, owned by
the Czech Republic’s richest man, announced the news on Friday.
The deal still needs to be approved by the National Bank of Serbia and the relevant antimonopoly authorities. With over 390,000 clients, Telenor ranks among the second ten largest banks on the Serbian market.