US folk singer Joan Baez is set to perform at Prague’s Congress Centre on
Wednesday evening. The event is part of what she has declared her final
tour, presenting her most recent album called Whistle Down the Wind.
Joan Baez, who is 77, has performed several times in Prague since the fall of Communism. She was a long-time friend of the late president Václav Havel, whom she first visited in 1988, and was also a vocal supporter of Czechoslovak dissidents.
High Court in Prague has confirmed a 15-year prison sentence for fugitive
Czech criminal Radovan Krejčíř. Krejčíř was sent to prison in 2015
for attempting to asset-strip the company Čepro and plotting the murder of
a customs officer. The sentence also included previous punishments for
massive tax evasion and other crimes of which he was convicted earlier.
Krejčíř was sentenced in absentia having fled the country during a police raid of his villa in 2005. He is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for attempted murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking in South Africa.
A South African court ruled earlier this month that Krejčíř can be extradited to the Czech Republic, but the decision has not taken effect yet.
Two Prague restaurants have succeeded in holding on to their Michelin stars
in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide Main Cities of Europe, which
was released on Tuesday. La Degustation Boheme Burgeoise and Field have
retained the prestigious rating, but Alcron – which first earned a star
in 2012 – is not listed in the 2018 edition of the dining guide.
Alcron representatives said the restaurant would carry out changes in response to the downgrading.
The Social Democrats say they will accept Andrej Babiš as prime minister
despite him facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies if their party
gets the post of minister of finance or interior in a coalition with Mr.
Babiš’s ANO. Following further talks on Tuesday evening between the
parties on forming a minority government, representatives said a number of
issues remained to be resolved between them.
ANO are offering the Social Democrats four seats in cabinet but the latter are demanding five. Other sticking points include various aspects of taxation.
Winners ANO received almost 30 percent of the vote in elections in October. The Social Democrats got less than 7.7 percent and finished sixth.
There have been suggestions the two parties could create a minority government supported by the Communist Party during important votes.
If the Social Democrats insist on ANO leader Andrej Babiš not heading a
coalition of the two parties then there is no point holding talks on
forming a government, ANO’s Jaroslav Faltýnek said on Tuesday. Social
Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček said that his party wished to discuss Mr.
Babiš’s remaining in government as they have issues with the fact he is
facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies.
Mr. Faltýnek said Mr. Babiš was ANO’s only candidate for prime minister. The winning party received almost 30 percent of the vote in elections in October. The Social Democrats got less than 7.5 percent and finished sixth.
There have been suggestions the two groupings could form a minority government supported by the Communists during key votes.
US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan delivered an address to the
Czech Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday afternoon. During the speech, the
senior Republican said that Russia was spreading disinformation and seeking
to undermine the alliance between Prague and Washington. He also praised
the Czech Republic’s decision to expel Russian diplomats and praised
cooperation between the country and the US within the framework of NATO.
Prior to his address Mr. Ryan and the speaker of the Czech lower house, Radek Vondráček, signed a joint declaration that referred to America’s part in the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The US politician has been in Prague on a three-day private visit.
The remodelling of the upper part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square could
begin in 2020 or 2021, councillor Jan Wolf told the Czech News Agency. The
cost of carrying out the project is estimated at up to CZK 1.7 billion, Mr.
The renovation will follow a plan created back in 2005 by Cigler-Marani Architects. Work has already begun on improving the lower half of Prague’s main thoroughfare.
Police raided Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Interior buildings in
Prague on Tuesday, Euro.cz reported. The news site said that the operation
was linked to contracts for computer programmes. The raids were carried out
in conjunction with the Military Police and the national organised crime
squad and were overseen by the Supreme State Attorney.
A representative of the Supreme State Attorney’s office told Euro.cz that the operation had included raids on sites relating to the Ministry of Defence, the General Staff of the Czech Army and the Police Presidium. No charges have yet been made, the news site reported.
The conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá has unveiled plans for a new project
aimed at countering the predominance of tourists in the South Bohemian town
of Český Krumlov. Šedá is seeking to hire a number of families to live
in the historical centre for three months in the summer and “visibly
pursue normal life in the streets of the town”, iDnes.cz reported on
Entitled UNES-CO, the project is part of the Czech Republic’s entry in Venice’s Architecture Biennale.
Heavy tourism means that few locals now live or spend much time in the centre of Český Krumlov.