Prague’s Muslim Community has distanced itself from statements made by
its new chairman, Leonid Kušnarenko. In a video posted on his Facebook
profile he offered to help members of the community to acquire firearms. He
made the offer in response to the recent terrorist attack on Muslims in New
Zealand’s Christchurch and a growing anti-Islamic mood in the Czech
The Prague Muslim Community said that any statements made by Mr. Kušnarenko expressed his views alone and did not represent the attitude of Muslims in the capital or elsewhere in the Czech Republic.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, opened a new
Czech Consulate General in the UK city of Manchester on Tuesday. It is the
Czech Republic’s second diplomatic mission in the UK after its embassy in
London and is intended to serve people living in the north of England,
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Mr. Petříček said that the Consulate General would help Czech firms to continue operating in the UK after the country leaves the EU. He said the Czech Republic wished to maintain good relations with Great Britain following Brexit, adding that his government was interested in fostering cooperation in the field of innovation with UK partners.
An estimated 100,000 Czechs are resident in Great Britain.
Four people from Opava contracted brucellosis, a disease that was
eradicated from Czech territory six decades ago, the head of the infections
department at a hospital in the city told reporters on Tuesday. The four
caught the highly contagious illness last summer after consuming
unpasteurised milk while on holiday in Armenia.
Working with veterinarians, doctors in Opava identified the rarely seen disease after two of the victims sought treatment toward the end of last year.
Former president Václav Klaus says that if the Civic Democrats had
expelled his son, Václav Klaus Jr., a few weeks sooner, the two would have
had time to found a party under which the latter could have stood in
elections to the European Parliament in May. He made the comment in an
interview for the newspaper Blesk published three days after Václav Klaus
Jr. had his membership of the Civic Democrats revoked.
Mr. Klaus also said that the Civic Democrats should change their name as, he argued, they bear no resemblance today to the party he founded in the 1990s.
The speaker of the Czech lower house, Radek Vondráček, will have a
private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday. Mr.
Vondráček told journalists on Tuesday that he would discuss church-state
relations with the pontiff. The ANO politician said he would also raise the
issue of the Roman Catholic Church’s charity work in the Czech Republic.
Mr. Vondráček will be accompanied by the speaker of the Slovak parliament, Andrej Danko. While in Rome the pair plan to mark the anniversary of the death of St. Cyril 1150 years ago.
Demolition work will begin on the Prague centre Transgas building at the
turn of March and April, a representative of the company that owns it said.
Campaigners had fought in vain to preserve the Brutalist structure, which
is located between the National Museum and Czech Radio. The demolition work
will last for several months.
The owners of Transgas said last month that they were planning to either sell the building or the empty site that remains after its demolition, depending on how soon they could complete a sale.
Goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík was named Czech Footballer of the Year 2018 at a
ceremony in Prague on Monday evening. The 29-year-old has been a regular at
Spanish top flight side Sevilla since joining them last summer from
On Tuesday it was announced that injury had forced Vaclík, who has 23 international caps, to pull out of the Czech squad to face England on Friday and Brazil four days later.
In view of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the fall of communism later
this year the CTK news agency has appealed to the public to dip into their
family albums and share personal photos from the days of the Velvet
Revolution in 1989.
Although the CTK news agency has an extensive archive of photos documenting this milestone period in the country’s history, it wants to organize an exhibition with a broader, more personal scope showing how the public lived through the tumultuous days of the Velvet Revolution away from the big cities.
The parties of the ruling minority coalition, ANO and the Social Democrats,
on Monday agreed to raise old age pensions by 900 crowns a month as of
This is perceived as a victory of the Social Democrats who vehemently opposed the 750 crown hike proposed by Finance Minister Alena Schillerová from ANO. Nevertheless the finance minister has stressed that the extra money spent on pensions will have to be saved elsewhere.
The two parties also agreed to raise the children’s allowance from 220,000 to 300,000 crowns. Altogether the hikes should increase state expenditures by 11 billion crowns next year.