Czech President Miloš Zeman is due to pay a three-day official visit to
Germany from September 19 to 21, the Czech News Agency reported on
Saturday. The head of state will be meeting with his German counterpart
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, chancellor Angela Merkel and Brandenburg state
governor Dietmar Woidke.
The talks are expected to focus on cross-border cooperation, EU reform ad budget, relations with Russia and migration. It will be President Zeman’s first visit to Germany since his reelection for a second term in office.
Thousands of people attended an open-air performance of The Bartered Bride in the West Bohemian town of Pilsen on Friday evening. The largest ever performance of Bedřich Smetana’s popular opera was staged on the town’s central square as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The performance ended with the sound of bells from the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, which is located on the square.
More than 800 heritage sights in the Czech Republic will open to the public
free of charge within the European Heritage Days, starting on Saturday.
Over the course of nine days, people will get the chance to see hundreds of official heritage sites, but also many private and public buildings, such as town halls, church institutions, schools and residential houses, which are normally not accessible to the public.
The Czech Republic joined the European Heritage Days, held at the initiative of the Council of Europe, in 1991. Over 200 municipalities joined the event this year, and some 300 events, including lectures, exhibitions and guided tours, are scheduled to take place.
The European Citizen's Prize, awarded by the European Parliament for
contributions to the mutual understanding of EU member states, was received
on Friday by representatives of two Czech NGOs: Post Bellum and the Prague
Post Bellum publishes oral history testimonies of witnesses to modern Czech history. The Prague Student Summit, a year-round educational project for over 300 high school and university students from Central Europe, organized by the Association for International Affairs (AMO).
The financial markets expect the Czech National Bank will raise its
repurchase rate again by 25 basis points at its meeting at the end of
September, to 1.50%, business daily Hospodářské noviny reports.
J&T Bank chief economist Petr Sklenář noted it would be the first time ever that the Czech central bank had raised interest rates three times in a row.
Czech police have charged four suspects with corruption over a contract to
restore the Kuks castle in East Bohemia. The historical Baroque complex was
restored between 2013 and 2015 at a cost of more than 322 million crowns
(12 million euros). Most of the money came from EU funds.
A police spokesperson said the tender offer was allegedly written to match the winning bid by a consortium comprised of the Hochtief construction company and the Gema Art Group. If found guilty, the suspects face up to eight years in prison.
India’s president Ram Nath Kovind met his Czech counterpart Miloš Zeman
on Friday, ahead of discussions with Prime Minister Andrei Babiš and
parliamentary speaker Radko Vondráček. He is also due to attend the
Czech-Indian Business Forum on Friday.
President Kovind is the first Indian head of state to visit the Czech Republic in more than 20 years. Over the weekend, he will visit Indian students studying at Charles University, as well as professors of Indology, and pay a visit to the Strahov Monastery.
British veteran actor Michael Caine is set to co-star in “Medieval”,
the upcoming biopic of 15th-century Bohemian warrior Jan Žižka, which is
reportedly the most expensive Czech film ever made.
Caine, now 85, will play opposite American actor Ben Foster, who will portray the legendary general in the historical-action drama directed by Petr Jákl, who also wrote the screenplay.