The European Union should be more flexible in allocating money to member
states and should take their individual needs into greater account, Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Maltese counterpart, Joseph Muscat,
agreed at a meeting in Prague on Wednesday.
Mr Babiš said that it was important for the Czech Republic to have its own say on how to use the EU funding it receives.
The two politicians also welcomed the outcome of the EU summit and expressed the hope that the European Parliament will confirm the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen as the European Commission president.
The Czech Federation of Jewish Communities recorded 347 anti-Semitic
incidents, which is more than in the previous years, the Czech News Agency
reported on Wednesday.
While physical attacks and discrimination remain uncommon, the incidence of anti-Semitic hate speech on the Internet is on the rise. Nearly 93 percent of all cases reported happened on the Internet, mainly on extreme right and anti-liberal websites.
According to the report, the Czech Republic still remains a relatively safe country in comparison to other central and western European countries.
Czech documentary film director Helena Třeštíková has been invited to
become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which
hands out the annual Academy Awards, known as The Oscars.
The Academy this year invited altogether 842 new members from 59 countries, including the singer Lady Gaga and actress Elisabeth Moss and director Christopher Miller. Czech actors and stuntmen Ladislav Lahoda and Pavel Cajzl were nominated to join the Oscar Academy’s Members-At-Large category.
Night-time temperatures dropped below zero in some parts of the Czech Republic. The lowest temperature, minus 2.3 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Jizerka in the Jizera Mountains in the north of the country. Freezing temperatures were also registered in the Šumava Mountains in the south west and in Krušné hory in the north-west.
The ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would win elections to the
lower house of Parliament with 32.5 percent of the vote, down by 1.5
percentage point since April, according to the results of an opinion poll
conducted by the STEM agency, published on Wednesday.
The Pirate Party is up by 4.5 percentage points since the last STEM survey
with 15.6 percent of the vote, closely followed by the centre-right Civic
Democrats, with 13.1 percent.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy Party finished in the fourth place, followed by the Communist Party, the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has welcomed the outcome of the EU summit and
the compromise choice of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the nominee
for European Commission president.
Following three days of tortuous negotiations in Brussels, in which the Visegrad Four states fiercely opposed the nomination of the EC’s first vice president and the European Socialists Spitzenkandidat Franz Timmermans, Prime Minister Babiš said that he appreciated the compromise solution reached and the fact that the choice of candidates for key posts had received close to unanimous support.
The Czech Prime Minister said Ursula von der Leyen was an experienced conservative politician who understood Central Europe and the Visegrad region which would facilitate future negotiations. He said he hoped her nomination would be confirmed by the European Parliament and that Czech MEPs would support her.
Five Czech universities have founded a new Association of Research
Universities. The aim is to share research infrastructure and take part in
more international scientific projects.
The founding members are Charles University, Czech Technical University and the Institute of Chemical Technology, all based in Prague, along with Masaryk University in Brno and Palacký University in Olomouc.
They hope to improve the position of Czech universities in international competition and change how they are financed.
A meeting between Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Deputy Prime Minister Jan
Hamáček and President Miloš Zeman to try to resolve a dispute that could
bring down the government has had to be rescheduled due to the protracted
EU summit. According to the Office of the President, the meeting which was
originally scheduled for Tuesday evening is likely to take place on
Jan Hamáček, leader of the Social Democrats, has threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition unless the president complies with his party’s request to remove Antonín Staněk from the post of culture minister and replace him with the party’s nominee Michael Šmarda.
The president has so far refused to do so, despite the fact that the prime minister officially requested the culture minister’s dismissal a month ago. According to the Czech Constitution the president is bound to comply with the prime minister’s request.
Prime Minister Babiš said on Tuesday he would seek to reach a compromise in the dispute in order to preserve the ruling coalition. Unlike the Social Democrats he is against taking legal action against the president.