The Social Democratic Party will not support its former chairman, Jiří
Paroubek, in the Senate elections due to take place in the autumn, the
party decided on Friday. Mr. Paroubek wanted to run as an independent
candidate with the support of the Social Democrats for the Senate seat in
the region of the Ostrava region.
Jiří Paroubek, who is now 66, headed the Social Democratic Party from 2006 to 2010 and served as Prime Minister between 2005 and 2006. After leaving the Social Democrats in 2011, he established his own left-oriented party LEV 21, which failed to win seats in the lower house in the past general election.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will not suggest Social Democrat MEP Miroslav
Poche as a candidate for the post of foreign minister. Mr Babiš told the
daily Právo on Saturday that the reason was Poche’s stance on migrants.
Prime Minister Babiš se set to present President Zeman with the new cabinet line-up on Sunday. He plans to ask the lower house for a vote on confidence on July 11. President Zeman has opposed the Social Democrat’s choice of foreign minister, arguing that Poche backed immigrants coming to the country and has been critical of Israel.
The body of a man discovered on Friday afternoon in the Vltava River in
central Prague has been confirmed to be that of a 28-year-old geocaching
enthusiast who had been missing since Saturday.
The grim discovery near Slovanský Island came less than a week after the body of another geocacher – a woman, also 28, who had taken part in the same GPS treasure hunt as the missing man – was found a bit farther downstream, near the Jirásek Bridge.
There had been a torrential downpour on the day the two went missing. The woman had become trapped while in a sewer system looking for hidden GPS treasure, unaware of the dangerously fast-rising water level. Two others in their group survived.
Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said on Friday that an internal
party-wide referendum had approved forming a coalition government with
Prime Minister-designate Andrej Babiš's ANO movement. Just under 60
per cent of Social Democrats voted in favour of the move.
Babiš told reporters that he will meet Hamáček on Sunday and hand over a list of proposed ministers cabinet to President Miloš Zeman. But his government will still need the support of the Communists.
Communist Party leaders earlier agreed to consider tolerating the new minority coalition government – but only if it agrees to include seven of the Communists’ own basic points in its programme. They also want Babiš to guarantee that a law enforcing these priorities would be discussed by the lower house of Parliament at least six months before the end of the term.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party is due to take a final decision on the matter at their meeting in two weeks.
The American snacks giant Mondelēz International, best known as the maker
of Oreo cookies and Milka-branded chocolate for the European market, has
announced a 200 millon dollar investment into in a biscuit manufacturing
facility in the Czech Republic, with the aim of boosting sales growth in
The plant in Opava, in the northeast of the county, currently employ nearly 1,000 people, The American multinational said that it will add five production lines to the facility
Czech Prime Minister-designate Andrej Babiš (ANO) has reportedly filed a
lawsuit against Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights in
Strasbourg, in the latest chapter of a long-running dispute over whether he
was falsely listed as an agent of Czechoslovakia’s communist-era police,
The Slovak-born billionaire maintains that while he did meet with the StB when he was an employee of a Czechoslovak foreign trade firm, he never pledged to cooperate with them.
In February, the Regional Court in Bratislava rejected Babiš’s petition arguing that he was wrongly listed as an StB agent in the records of the Slovak National Memory Institute (ÚPN), which handles historical archives.
That petition came in response to the Slovak Constitutional Court having last year overturned earlier verdicts from other courts which had accepted Mr. Babiš’s assertion he had been incorrectly listed.
Babiš had announced his intention to file suit at the court in Strasbourg on June 6, the same day on which he was re-appointed prime minister.
An escaped pet kangaroo who goes by the name of Bennett has been captured
following the combined efforts of some 15 firemen and several police
The metre-tall marsupial was found in an abandoned mining area in Paskov, in the northeast of the Czech Republic. The owner of the red-breasted kangaroo, a professional breeder, had apparently underestimated how high a fence he needed.
Ahead of the anniversary of the death of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen
– the first person to reach the South Pole, in December 1911 – Czech
travel agency Sen said that some 10 Czechs a year follow in his footsteps.
The North Pole is more popular, attracting some 20 Czechs adventurers
The numbers don’t take into account individuals who make arrangements outside of travel agencies. But with estimated costs of travelling to either pole exceeding twice the average Czech annual salary, their numbers likely could be counted on one hand, CTK reported.
Prague City Hall will contribute 200 million crowns to the Opatov district
to aid its effort to renovate a workers’ hostel and convert it into
City Councillors also agreed on Thursday to distribute 122 million crowns among seven other Prague districts for similar projects, as part of an initiative introduced in 2015.
The Opatov workers’ hostel, called Hotel Sandra, is a priority because it is seen as a hotbed for criminality and vandalism, and “troublesome” for many years, district councillor Jan Říčař (ANO) said.