The Václav Havel Library is publishing the memoirs of Václav M. Havel, the father of the late Czech president Václav Havel. The book tells the life story of the successful builder, engineer, and businessman who completed Lucerna Palace and the Barrandov studios. The book-launch is scheduled for September 25th.
Eleven Czech cities joined World Car Free Day on Saturday, an international
event celebrated on September 22 in which people are encouraged to leave
their cars at home for the day and use more environmentally-friendly means
Several hundred European cities joined in the event. In the Czech Republic it was Prague, Hradec Králové and Jihlava, among others.
No.4 seed Karolína Plíšková has reached the final at the Toray Pan
Pacific Open in Tokyo after beating Donna Vekic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a
gruelling match that lasted 2 hours and five minutes.
“I don’t think my serve was great,” Plíšková said. “I was getting tired from the match, so I was not as fast as I wanted to be. But I won and that’s what counts.”
Plíšková will now take on US Open champion Naomi Osaka as she seeks her second title of the season.
A windstorm battered eastern Bohemia on Friday night, damaging roofs, trees
and bringing down power lines in places. One man was injured by the roof of
a pergola which was torn away by the wind.
Fire-fighters were out all night responding to 86 emergency call in the region and clearing roads from fallen branches.
A storm also swept through Prague in the late evening, with fire-crews responding to 50 calls within the space of an hour.
Police have revealed that the deadly synthetic drug which killed two people
in Moravia was distributed by a boy in primary school, among others. As a
minor he will not be prosecuted.
The boy gave the drug to a 15-year-old friend who ended up in hospital. 23 people were treated for intoxication after taking the synthetic marihuana-type drug. Eleven people have been charged in connection with the case.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has tasked Czech NGOs with selecting 50 Syrian
orphans which the country could help. Following widespread criticism of his
refusal to accept 50 child migrants, Babis met with Czech MEP Michaela
Šojdrová, who first floated the idea, and agreed to look into the
However both the prime minister and the MEP interpret the outcome of the meeting differently. Šojdrová says that Babiš promised to take in 50 Syrian child migrants if there were no bureaucratic hurdles on the road and if Czech families were willing to give them a home.
The prime minister maintains that if the MEP manages to produce such a list, it would be best to help the selected children in their home country.
Babiš has accused Šojdrová of leading a smear campaign against him ahead of the local and Senate elections due to take place in two weeks’ time.
Czech-German business cooperation, European issues and the possible impacts
of the trade war between the US and China topped the agenda of President
Zeman’s talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.
The German president said that as neighbours and EU members the Czech Republic and Germany were closer than ever and had a joint responsibility in helping to overcome the drawn-out European crisis and preventing another division of Europe into East and West.
During talks with Angela Merkel President Zeman praised Czech-German business ties, but criticized US protectionist measures, saying a trade war would benefit no one and could spark a new global crisis. He was also critical of the sanctions against Iran, saying Czech firms were interested in doing business with the country.
President Zeman said the talks with German officials had been friendly and constructive and migration issues had only been discussed marginally.
Observers noted that for the first time Czech-German top-level talks dealt exclusively with present-day issues and did not dwell on the past.
The Probation Service has begun putting electronic bracelets into operation
for convicts allowed to serve sentences outside of prison. A defect in the
monitoring devices delivered in an earlier tender had scuppered a previous
Despite two general amnesties and efforts over the past decade to promote alternative sentences, such as house arrest and work-release programmes, the Czech penal system remains at overcapacity.
In 2016 there were 203 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in the country, about 25 more than in other post-communist EU countries, at twice as many as in Austria and Germany, where alternative sentencing is common.
Bells in Czech churches, town halls and other historic buildings will ring
out on Friday evening from 6:00 to 6:15 on the occasion of the
International Day of Peace.
In Europe, the Czech Republic and more than a dozen other countries will ring bells simultaneously to commemorate the end of World War I a century ago, and the start and end of the Thirty Years’ War in the year 1618.