James Brown has appeared in Prague for the second time in three years. The American music legend, who is now 73, spent more than an hour and a half on stage at Prague's Vystaviste on Saturday night. His set ranged from earlier soul songs such as Try Me to pioneering funk songs like I Got You (I Feel Good).
President Vaclav Klaus is disappointed by the fact the Social Democrats
have rejected a plan he put forward as a way out of the ongoing political
crisis, the president's spokesman told the website Novinky. Mr Klaus on
Friday proposed a "rainbow" coalition which would lead to early
elections; within hours, however, the Social Democrats said they would not
The party, who came second in elections in June, have also reiterated their call to be given a chance to form the next government, after the winning Civic Democrats failed to put together a viable government.
The leaders of the five parties in the lower house are due to hold more talks with Mr Klaus on Tuesday. It is believed that if they cannot agree on a solution before then, the president may himself choose a new prime minister.
The Czech Republic has been without a stable government since June, when general elections ended in stalemate.
Tighter security precautions are to be introduced at Prague's Ruzyne airport from Monday; the measures are in line with new European Union rules limiting the amount of fluids and gels passengers may take on board flights, a spokesperson for the airport said. The EU decided to toughen checks after the foiling of an alleged terrorist plan to bomb planes flying from the UK to the United States.
Setting up a company in the Czech Republic takes 24 days, compared to the average of 16 in OECD countries, according to a report released by the World Bank. The Czech Republic ranks 74th in the world in terms of difficulty of starting a company. While there are six steps involved in starting a firm in advanced countries, here there are 10.
The Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, and other senior officials have welcomed the sentencing to death of Saddam Hussein. Mr Topolanek said it had been an act of justice and a warning to other dictators. He also said the fact the former Iraqi leader had been tried in a civilised manner by an Iraqi court offered hope for the country's future. Czech Foreign Minister Alexandr Vondra said it was a historic milestone by which Iraq would come to terms with its past.
The finance ministers of the Czech Republic and Germany have announced
they will join forces to block a European Commission plan to raise
minimum duties on beer. Czech Finance Minister Vlastimil Tlusty said
Prague would veto the rise, which needs to be approved by all 25 EU
members. He said he and his German counterpart, Peer Steinbruck, would
express their joint standpoint at a meeting in Brussels next week.
The Czechs are the world's biggest beer drinkers, consuming nearly 160 litres per person per year. The Germans are the third biggest consumers.
Police have charged the Dutch manager of a bank in Touzim, west Bohemia with stealing 35 million CZK (1.6 m USD) from his own bank, Pravo reported. The paper said the banker had enjoyed spending the money - he apparently lives in the former Prague flat of inter-war finance minister Alois Rasin, surrounded by rare antiques.