The Ministry of Defence has posthumously certified the mother of the
Mašín brothers, who famously shot their way out of Czechoslovakia in
1953, as having actively participated in the resistance against communism.
Zdena Mašínová died in 1956 after several years of incarceration during which she was tortured and denied medical treatment by the secret police. She was also posthumously awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk a decade ago.
The Communist Party, whose support Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO)
minority government relies upon, is pushing for the ouster of three
Party leader Vojtěch Filip told journalists after a meeting of the Communist executive committee on Friday that they want to see Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) replaced, along with Transport Minister Dan Ťok and Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (both on the ANO ticket).
Among other things, Mr Filip claimed that Minister Petříček has been acting contrary to the national interest and in violation of international law as regards his policy towards Venezuela, by pushing for recognising interim president Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader.
As for the transport minister, they object to his handling of the D1 motorway expansion, search for a toll supplier, and an attempt to sell ČD Cargo, part of Czech Railways.
The Communists have threated to withdraw their tolerance of the minority ANO-Social Democrat government on several occasions if their demands were not met. Mr Filip and PM Babiš are due to meet for talks next week.
Czech Media Invest (CMI), co-owned by billionaire Daniel Křetínský, has
finalised its purchase of Lagardère group’s magazine titles in France,
including the flagship title Elle, France Dimanche and Ici Paris.
In connection with the sale, CMI has been granted an exclusive licence for the Elle brand covering France although Lagardère group remains the owner of the Elle brand in France and abroad.
Czech Media Invest announced last year it had paid 52 million euros for a minority stake from Matthieu Pigasse, a French banker and co-owner of Le Monde. Mr Křetínský’s expanding group also bought major radio stations in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.
The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) has published a
biographical encyclopaedia profiling Czechoslovak Communist Party
functionaries and leaders active in the years 1921 to 1989.
Petr Anev, co-editor of the 1,500-page publication, said it provides readers with a concise overview of 326 subjects’ lives, careers and fates.
Nearly 50 Czech and Slovak historians from various universities, archives and other institutions collaborated with the Prague-based institution on the two-volume work.
A Prague district prosecutor's office has received three lawsuits
filed against the Czech president’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, all of
which concern possible efforts to influence court decisions.
Chancellor Mynář is alleged to have tried repeatedly to influence judges in key courts to take decisions on cases relating to the Office of the President or in which President Miloš Zeman had a vested interest.
The three separate lawsuits were filed by Senator Václav Láska of the liberal Senátor 21 caucus, the NGO platform Rekonstrukce státu (State Reconstruction), and an unidentified citizen.
The prosecutor's office has forwarded them to a police unit specialised in fighting corruption and organised crime to determine whether to pursue charges against Mr Mynář for interfering with judicial independence.
Czech economic growth should slow to about 2.7 percent this year, down from
3 percent in 2018 and 4.5 percent in 2017, a survey of economists by the
ČTK news agency shows.
Their comments came following the release of preliminary GDP data by the Czech Statistical Office on Friday.
Analysts told ČTK that economic growth slowed in the last quarter of 2018 as output was affected by slowing export demand from the euro zone.
Czech GDP growth remains double the EU average. Rising inflation and a weaker crown suggest that the Czech National Bank may raise rates at its next policy-setting meeting in March, the analysts predict.
An exhibition of artworks from one of the world’s most renowned animation
studios, Pixar, gets underway at Prague’s Holešovice Exhibition Grounds
on Friday. Called Pixar - 30 Years of Animation, the exhibition showcases
hundreds of original drawings, from the early animated shorts to Toy Story
and The Incredibles.
The American Animation Studio was founded in 1979 and has since produced 20 feature films, including Finding Nemo or Ratatouille, co-written by Czech-British animator Jan Pinkava.
Pixar’s official touring exhibition, which has already been shown all around the globe, will be on display in Prague until May 26.
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency has reiterated its
warning that Huawei and ZTE products should not be used in Czech critical
infrastructure. The agency sent its reply to Huawei on Thursday, following
the company’s request for a cancellation or modification of its statement
originally issued in December last year.
Huawei said the warning was in violation of international law and has threatened the Czech Republic with an international lawsuit. The Czech government asked critical infrastructure administrators to analyse the risks posed by using Chinese hardware and software in January.
Former Charles University vice-rector Martin Kovář is guilty of
plagiarism, according to the ethics committee of the university’s
philosophical faculty. The committee made the announcement at a meeting of
the Academic Senate on Thursday.
Mr Kovář, who headed the institute of World History at the Philosophical Faculty, stepped down from the post at the end of last year following a complaint by several graduate students.
According to the committee, Mr Kovář has been publishing plagiarised texts for about twenty years and is therefore not qualified to hold the title of Professor.