Speaking in Berlin on Friday, the recently installed Czech minister of
foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, described Germany as his country’s
most important partner. He made the comments after a meeting with
Germany’s foreign policy chief, Heiko Maas. For his part, the latter said
the Czech Republic was a key country in Central Europe for the Berlin
Mr. Maas said the fact that his Czech counterpart had chosen to make his first foreign visit to Germany, just three days after being appointed, showed the gravity of the two states’ bilateral relationship.
An ambitious project to build a canal linking the Danube, Odra and Labe
(Elbe) rivers would make economic sense, according to a study produced by
the Ministry of Transport. The construction of the canal would cost up to
CZK 582 billion crowns, according to a press release issued by the ministry
The project has long been advocated by President Miloš Zeman. However, environmentalists are opposed to it.
The executive committee of the Communist Party met in Prague on Friday to
discuss the reasons for the grouping’s poor showing in local and Senate
elections this month. The party’s central committee, which is broader,
will hold an extraordinary session on Saturday with the same aim.
Leader Vojtěch Filip has faced calls for his resignation over results he said were disappointing and which followed the Communist Party’s worst ever performance in general elections late last year. However, Mr. Filip, who has been chairman for 13 years, refuses to stand down.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has gone back on a plan to introduce a
government code of ethics, iRozhlas.cz reported on Friday. The ANO leader
told a number of news outlets in the summer that his cabinet would
introduce rules on the conduct of government members.
However, the Ministry of Justice has now abandoned the job of drafting a code of ethics for the government and will instead introduce a bill on lobbying.
Mr. Babiš says his ministers don’t require rules “on paper somewhere”. The government is open and transparent and already has values, he told Czech Radio.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will hold talks at Prague Castle
with the Czech head of state, Miloš Zeman, next Friday, a spokesperson for
the latter said. Mr. Macron had previously been reported as due in Prague
at the weekend, when events will be held marking the centenary of
The French president will also meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš during his visit.
Prime Minister Babiš has invited a number of international leaders to Prague for the ceremonial reopening of the Czech National Museum on Saturday, the day before the centenary, though their identities have not been revealed.
US Secretary of Defence James Mattis and Slovak President Andrej Kiska are due to attend a Czech Army display at Prague’s Vítkov on October 28.
International and Czech sports stars turned out for an exhibition event at
Prague’s O2 Arena on Thursday evening at which tennis player Radek
Štěpánek officially ended his career. Current world tennis number two
Novak Djokovic and retired legend Andre Agassi attended the sold-out event,
while such huge names as Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sent
Also paying tribute to Štěpánek, who stopped playing last November at the age of 38, were football stars Petr Čech and Pavel Nedvěd and ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr.
Štěpánek’s highest ranking was eighth in the world and he helped the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup triumphs.
Estimated losses from the summer drought this year have topped CZK 24 billion, the website idnes.cz has reported. According to experts, 2018 will be the driest year on record, outdoing 2015, which has been the driest so far. Rainfall levels in October have so far been five times lower than the average. Prices of potatoes, beer and carp are expected to rise due to the drought.
The newly appointed foreign minister is set to meet with his German
counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin on Friday. Among the topics on the agenda
of their talks will be mutual relations and cooperation among EU member
state as well as Brexit.
The new foreign minister is also scheduled to present his policy vision at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and debate with the institute’s experts.
President Miloš Zeman and the chief justice of the Constitutional Court,
Pavel Rychetský, are the country’s most trustworthy politicians, suggest
an opinion poll conducted by the CVVM agency in October and released on
Thursday. Each enjoys the trust of 45 percent of respondents.
However, the number of people who distrust the Czech head of state is even higher, currently standing at 48 percent, while in in case of Mr. Rychetský it is only 31 percent. The least trusted Czech politician is the former TOP09 leader Miroslav Kalousek, the survey suggests.