The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning Russia’s use
of force against Ukraine’s naval vessels. The ministry says the blockade
of the Kerch Strait by Russia is in breach of international law.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said in a tweet on Monday that Russian appropriation of the Sea of Azov was as unacceptable as its annexation of Crimea. The Czech foreign minister said he expected a joint EU statement on the matter, adding that the Czech Republic would be ready to join international sanctions over the incident.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was questioned by the police on Monday in
connection with an investigation into his son’s alleged abduction to
Crimea.According to Czech Radio, the prime minister spent close to two
hours at a Prague police station giving testimony with regard to the case.
The prime minister, who claims there was no abduction, says journalists used his son who suffers from schizophrenia, to create a slander campaign against him.
The opposition called a vote of no-confidence over the scandal last Friday, but the prime minister’s government survived it.
In a related development, according to the weekly Euro, investigators working on the Stork’s Nest case in which the prime minister is suspected of EU subsidy fraud say they will need more time to assemble evidence. The investigation is thus unlikely to be concluded by the end of the year.
British music legend Phil Collins will bring his Not Dead Yet: Live! tour
to Prague next year. The singer is to perform at Prague’s 02 Arena on
June 25, 2019. Tickets, ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 crowns will go on sale
at the end of November.
Collins, who first performed live in Prague in 1997, originally wound-up his solo career in the Czech capital with his Final First Farewell Tour.
E-sales on Black Friday reached a record 4.2 billion crowns, according to
the Association for Electronic Sales. This amounts to a 19 percent increase
On Friday E-shops saw a 300 percent increase in sales as compared to regular days. The annual sales event was so successful this year that Alza decided to stretch it to a fortnight. An increasing number of Czechs have got used to buying Christmas gifts online.
The Prague Municipal Court has opened the case of the fraudulent
privatization of the Czech Republic’s largest coal mining company
All five former managers charged appeared at Monday’s hearing. Their lawyers pointed out that all of them have already been convicted in the same case in a Swiss court of law.
The Czech judiciary opened the case for formal reasons, since none of those convicted have so far served their sentences.
The Czech Republic participated in the trial in Switzerland as a damaged party. The Czech finance ministry is seeking compensation for damages caused to the state. The damage incurred to the Czech Republic has been estimated at over two billion crowns.
On an official visit to Israel Czech President Miloš Zeman said he was
fascinated by President Reuven Rivlin’s idea of “one state with two
nations”, saying he could not envision an independent state in the Gaza
Strip since he perceived Hamas as a terrorist organization. President Zeman
said the idea of one state with two nations, was provocative but noted that
all bold ideas were.
During the three-day visit, President Zeman is expected to inaugurate the new "Czech House" cultural center in Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On Monday afternoon he will address the Israeli Parliament – the Kneset. The Czech head of state is accompanied by the Speaker of the Czech lower house of Parliament Radek Vondráček and four cabinet ministers.
Sevilla have gone top of the Spanish football league after their Czech
goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík kept a clean sheet in a 1:0 win over Valladolid
on Sunday. It was the fourth time Vaclík had managed to shut out all of
the opposition’s chances this season. The 29-year-old joined Sevilla from
Swiss side Basel in the summer.
Sevilla moved one point clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after the Catalan side played out a 1:1 draw with third-placed Atletico Madrid.
Plant geneticist Jaroslav Doležel received the main National Prize at the
Česká hlava (Czech Head) science awards in Prague on Sunday evening. Mr.
Doležel is based at the Institute of Experimental Botany at the Czech
Academy of Sciences and has dedicated his career to studying the structure
and evolution of the plant genome.
Awards were also presented during Sunday’s gala evening to scientists working on a letter recognition algorithm, medicines for viruses causing serious illness and a computer programme used in construction.
The prizes are bestowed by the organisation Česká hlava in cooperation with the Office of the Government.
Six in 10 Czechs do not trust the country’s prime minister, Andrej
Babiš, suggests a poll conducted by the Kantar CZ agency for Czech
Television published on Sunday. The survey indicates that 37 percent of
Czechs do trust the ANO chief.
The poll also suggests that most Czechs were not in favour of President Miloš Zeman’s pledge to give Andrej Babiš another chance to form a government if he lost a no-confidence vote tabled by the opposition. In any event, Mr. Babiš’s cabinet survived Friday’s vote.