The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania this week blocked a joint
declaration by the member states of the European Union criticising the US
for transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the
Czech News Agency reported. The moved, decided by President Donald Trump,
will take place on Monday.
The EU has long advocated a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Israelis see Jerusalem as their “eternal and undivided” capital but the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of a future state.
Trains will not stop at the Muzeum station on the A (green) line of the
Prague Metro system all weekend due to repairs. The relevant part of the
station has been closed to allow for the replacement of tiles and lighting,
a Metro spokesperson said.
Repair work has been going on in the A line section of Muzeum since last year, causing the closure of first one platform and then the other. It should be fully open again from this autumn.
The Prague-born rock musician and songwriter Ivan Král turned 70 on
Saturday. Král emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s
and became involved in New York’s punk scene in the following decade,
performing with an early incarnation of Blondie and becoming bassist with
the Patti Smith Group. He later played guitar with Iggy Pop.
In the 1990s Ivan Král released solo albums with some success in the Czech Republic and produced a number of Czech musicians. He continues to reside in the US.
An internal referendum of the Social Democrats on whether to go into
government with ANO will run from May 21 until June 14, party officials
said. The results will be published on June 15. Chairman Jan Hamáček said
that prior to the vote the names of the party’s nominees for the five
portfolios the Social Democrats should get in the cabinet will be
ANO leader Andrej Babiš says if the Social Democrats do not approve a coalition of the two parties one option could be early elections to take place in May next year at the same time as elections to the European Parliament.
If a deal between ANO and the Social Democrats is signed, their minority coalition would likely be supported in key votes by the Communist Party, who would be playing a role in government for the first time since 1989. For their part, the Communists say they would not back a government that expanded US military missions abroad.
The Czech Republic beat Belarus 3:0 at the Ice Hockey World Championships
in Denmark on Friday evening. It was the Czechs’ fourth victory in the
tournament but the first in which they took maximum points. All three
goals, from Libor Šulák, Roman Horák and Michal Řepík, came in the
first period. Goaltender Pavel Francouz achieved his fifth shutout for the
That result leaves coach Josef Jandač’s team third in Group A at the worlds. Their next game is against France on Sunday.
The 73rd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival gets
underway on Saturday evening. The event’s traditional curtain raiser will
take place at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House with a rendition of
Smetana’s My Country, this time performed by the Czech Philharmonic under
the baton of Tomáš Netopil. There will also be a live relay of the
concert at Prague’s Kampa.
This year’s Prague Spring will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with a number of works by modern Czech composers.
Social Democrat deputy leader Jaroslav Foldyna declined on Friday to
apologise to the party’s top branch for his behaviour at a gathering of
Russia’s Night Wolves bike gang in Prague on Monday.
At the event Mr Foldyna got into altercations with protesters against the nationalist bikers, who have been linked to President Vladimir Putin. Afterwards, Mr Foldyna released a video – recorded by weights in a gym – refusing to apologise and describing himself as a patriot.
Earlier on Friday, Senate chairman Milan Štech said Foldyna had no business being in the party leadership. While he declined to apologise, the deputy leader said he was sorry he had put pressure on party chairman Jan Hamáček.
Famous Czech singer Karel Gott will release a new studio album at the start
of June - his first new album since he overcame serious health problems in
Then, the singer was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but later made a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment.
The record, named Ta pravá, will be a mix of both domestic and international pop classics including material by famous country singer Garth Brooks, according to reports.
When he was diagnosed and undergoing treatment, Mr Gott had put his musical career on hold indefinitely. He said now he had not really expected to record again, making his return “all the happier”.