The acting Czech government has approved legislation aimed at reining in
exchange offices that rip off customers. Under the bill it will be possible
to abrogate a transaction and receive one’s money back for a period of up
to two hours. The change was proposed by the Czech National Bank.
The minister of finance in resignation, Alena Schillerová, said it was no secret that the practices of some exchange offices were giving the Czech Republic a bad name.
The minister said tourists might receive only CZK 15 to the euro from some currency exchanges on Prague’s Old Town Square. The standard rate at present is almost CZK 26 to the euro.
Representatives of a number of parties in the lower house say they have not
been surprised by President Miloš Zeman’s announcement that he will
appoint Andrej Babiš of ANO prime minister for the second time soon. He
aims to do so prior to the conclusion of an internal ballot of Social
Democrats on whether they should enter coalition with ANO.
Mr. Babiš himself says that the head of state is merely keeping an earlier promise. Representatives of the Pirate Party and the Christian Democrats say Mr. Zeman’s announcement on Monday is intended to pressure the Social Democrats into backing such a minority government, which the president favours. However, the head of the Social Democrats deputies group, Jan Chvojka, said he did not have the impression this was Mr. Zeman’s design.
If formed, an ANO-Social Democrats coalition would likely be supported by the Communist Party on key lower house votes. This would be the first time the Communists had played a role in government since 1990.
The Pirate Party’s deputy chairman of the lower house, Vojtěch Pikal,
has apologised for his party’s involvement in the approval of Communist
poet Karel Sýs for a state honour. MPs from the Communists, ANO, Freedom
and Direct Democracy, the Social Democrats and the Pirates backed a
proposed list of 28 honours candidates, including Mr. Sýs. Mr. Pikal said
he had failed to look closely at the nominees.
The MP had also come in for criticism for suggesting on social media that WWII RAF airmen had “merely been following orders”. As well as apologising, Mr. Pikal made a donation of CZK 50,000 to an organisation recording the testimonies of victims of the Communists and the Nazis.
Coca-Cola has opened two production lines at Kyje in Prague that will make
plant-based drinks. The dairy-free smoothies will be sold under the brand
AdeZ in 11 European states. Coca-Cola has invested over CZK 300 million in
Speaking at Tuesday’s launch the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, said he was glad that Coca-Cola was investing and paying taxes in the Czech Republic. He also told executives that he looked forward to the company’s adverts every Christmas.
There will be two Czech films in the main competition at this year’s
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Among the 12 films in contention for the Crystal Globe will be Winter Flies
by the Prague-based Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu and Domestique, the
debut feature from 28-year-old Adam Sedlák.
The country’s biggest film event runs this year from June 29 to July 7. It will be the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF, which was first held in 1946.
The weather in the Czech Republic at present is “40 days ahead”, with
daytime highs corresponding to those normally seen at the start of the
summer holidays, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday.
According to data released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, temperatures over the last 30 days reached an average of 16.2 degrees Celsius. Those values tend to be recorded in the period from June 6 to July 5.
The movement “Decent People“ has filed a criminal complaint against
Brno National Theatre director Martin Glaser, Croat director Oliver Frljich
and a group of actors over the showing of the controversial play “Our
Violence, Your Violence“ at the festival Theatre World in Brno.
The head of the movement, Zdeněk Pernica, says the complaint was made on the grounds of desecration.
The play, in which Jesus rapes a Moslem woman has raised controversy in the Czech Republic.
Members of the group "Decent People" disrupted a showing of the play on Sunday night, jumping up on the stage, throwing paper balls at the actors and forming a human barrier to try to prevent the audience from watching the performance. They were eventually led out by the police.
The 58th Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth on Monday
welcomed the biggest star at this year’s festival Andrea Morricone, one
of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son
of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the music for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which had its world premiere at the festival on Monday night.
Morricone is to receive the festival’s main award –the Golden Slipper – for his contribution to world cinematography.
The Zlín film festival is screening around 500 movies, of which 169 are competing for the main award.
President Miloš Zeman will appoint ANO leader Andrej Babiš prime minister
before the outcome of the Social Democratic Party‘s referendum on whether
to enter into a coalition with ANO.
President Zeman announced his intention in an interview for Czech Television on Monday, saying the appointment would take place before June 15.
He said he had decided in favour of such a move in order to step up the pressure on the Social Democrats to enter into a coalition with ANO and speed up the formation of a new government.
Mr. Zeman said he expected Andrej Babiš to produce a new cabinet line-up by the end of June at the latest.