Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to visit the Czech
Republic in early June.
During her four-day stay, she is due to meet Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), who extended the invitation, as well as President Miloš Zeman, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček and representatives of Parliament.
Ms Suu Kyi was revered as a principled human rights and pro-democracy activist. Václav Havel championed her as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. She visited Prague in 2013 for the Forum 2000 Conference, which is tied to Havel’s legacy.
She has since come under harsh criticism for refusing to condemn an army crackdown that led to the exodus of Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh and atrocities against them.
The amount of disinformation on Czech websites related to the EU did not
sharply increase in the lead-up to European Parliament elections, according
to a local think tank.
The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) monitored 31 websites notorious for spreading disinformation between April 15 and May 19.
Of the 783 texts that mentioned the EU – “a favourite target of Czech conspiracy theorists” – the sites largely focused on the “dual quality” food issue, migration, populist movements and challenging the real economic benefits of EU membership for the Czech Republic.
While there was “a minimum disinformation”, the think tank said its survey showed symbiosis between disinformation websites and certain parties.
The countercyclical capital buffer rate for exposures located in the Czech
Republic will increase to 2 percent as of July 1, 2020, the Czech National
Bank (ČNB) announced.
The rise was motivated by an increase in risks linked with the growth phase of the financial cycle of the Czech economy and partial strengthening of signals of vulnerability of the domestic banking sector, the central bank said.
The ČNB sets the rate on a quarterly basis, always with effect from the following year. In the event of a sudden turn in the financial cycle, the bank is ready to lower the rate or even enable a full dissolution of the buffer, central bank governor Jiří Rusnok said.
The Czech Republic recorded the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis
(TBE) cases in the EU last year. In the whole of Europe, only Russia
recorded more cases of the potentially deadly disease.
There were 712 recorded TBE cases in the country last year, the highest number since 2011, a Czech member of the International Scientific Working Group on TBE (ISW-TBE) said in a press release on Thursday.
Only about one quarter of inhabitants of the Czech Republic are vaccinated against TBE, a low percentage compared to other EU countries. Within the bloc, the second-highest number of TBE cases was recorded in Germany, which has a population eight times larger.
Encephalitis patients suffer from fever, headache, aching joints and muscles. It can develop into meningitis.
Czechs begin going to the polls on Friday in elections to decide who will
represent them in the European Parliament for the next five years. More
than 14,000 ballot boxes across the Czech Republic open at 2 pm on Friday
and close at 10 pm, before opening again from 8am to 2pm on Saturday.
Czechs and other EU citizens who are voting in the Czech Republic can choose from no less than 841 candidates from 40 parties vying for 21 seats in the European Parliament. The Czech Republic is the only country where voting is possible over two days. Turnout out at the last such elections five years ago was just over 18 percent.
The Czech ice hockey team beat Germany 5:1 in the quarterfinal of the Ice
Hockey World Championships in Bratislava on Thursday evening. Despite the
final score, the game was close until the third period when a goal from
attacker Jakub Voráček broke the deadlock.
The Czech team is now set to face Canada in the semi-finals on Saturday. The winner will play against either Russia or Finland who are the other semi-finalists.
Social Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček met with
President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Thursday to discuss the
resignation of fellow party member and Culture Minister Antonín Staněk.
Mr. Hamáček has insisted that his replacement should be a political
minister from his own ranks and that he already has a replacement. However,
following the half-hour discussion he told the Czech News Agency that the
president will only decide once he has met with Mr. Staněk on Tuesday.
Culture Minister Staněk resigned last Wednesday following pressure from the Czech cultural scene and his own party. However, he says the decision was not made by his own will, but as a result of the demand of his party leader. Prime Minister Andrej Babis called the nature of his resignation “unusual” on Monday, but told the news server iDNES that if the president does not accept he will ask for Staněk to go himself.
A new production factory for multiple Škoda car models, as well as other
Volkswagen vehicles, will be created in either Turkey or Bulgaria, the
weekly magazine Škodovácký odborář reports. Škoda trade union boss
Jaroslav Povšík told the outlet that Turkey is seen as having solid
infrastructure, but Bulgaria is another option due to it being a more
politically stable location and an EU member.
The trade unions have said they will demand an answer from the company leadership about whether the project will impact employment in the Czech Republic and how it will benefit the company’s business plan.
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a burial site that houses
tombs from the Neolithic era all the way to the early Iron Age period near
the town of Slaný in Central Bohemia. Items include pre-historic tombs,
ceramics, stone arrowheads, copper daggers and dozens of skeletons.
The discoveries were made during one of the largest archaeological excavations conducted in Bohemia, which started in August 2018 and ended in May 2019. The dig took place ahead of the construction of a highway bypass near Slaný.