Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has held talks with the American
President Donald Trump in the White House. It was the first visit of a
Czech prime minister since Petr Nečas met with President Barrack Obama in
The topics on the agenda included American tolls on European cars, security cooperation and the situation in Syria, where the Czech Republic is the only country to have an embassy. At the start of the meeting, Mr Babiš told the US head of state he had a plan to make the Czech Republic great again, hinting at President Trump’s first State of the Union address. He also said the two countries had been allies since the United States helped to establish Czechoslovakia 100 years ago.
President Trump praised the Czech Republic as a creative country, which was doing well economically as well as in other respects.
The White House meeting was the highlight of the Czech PM’s three day visit to the United States, which also included a meeting with CIA officials at Langley.
Moscow will respond to the decision of the Czech authorities not to allow a
Russian Foreign Ministry official to enter the country, the ministry’s
spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
The man, who travelled to the Czech Republic as part of an official Russian delegation to participate in a meeting of the Russian-Czech intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation was refused entry to the Czech Republic "for security reasons". The incident happened on March 4.
Mrs Zakharova said that the “confrontational attack will not remain without an adequate response.”
Police from the country’s organised crime unit on Thursday raided the
Prague headquarters of the Austrian firm Kapsch. The police also searched
the office of ANO deputy chair Jaroslav Faltýnek, the headquarters of the
anti-trust office in Brno and several dozen other institutions around the
According to the website Novinky.cz, police suspect Kapsch’s CEO Karel Feix and the head of the anti-trust office Petr Rafaj of corruption. They are suspected of having tried to influence a contract to operate the electronic toll collection system in the Czech Republic, Novinky.cz reported.
The Austrian Kapsch AG, which has been operating the electronic toll collection system in the Czech Republic since 2007, is set to be replaced by the consortium SkyToll / Czechtoll this year.
US film star Peter Fonda will be among the guests at this year’s edition
of Prague’s Febiofest Film Festival, organisers announced on Thursday.
The actor, perhaps best-known for his role in the cult film Easy Rider,
will attend the festival’s gala opening on 21 March.
The two-time Golden Globe winner will receive the Kristián award for contribution to world cinematography, as will the Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August and the popular Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová
The festival will run in Prague from March 21 to 29, before moving to the regions.
President Miloš Zeman on Thursday signed into law a bill which would
protect the rights of the several thousand British nationals living and
working in the Czech Republic in the event that the Great Britain leaves
the EU with no deal.
The bill will ensure that British nationals will be guaranteed the same treatment as all EU citizens up until the end of 2020. The areas covered by the bill include for example acquiring Czech citizenship, permanent residence and pension insurance.
The Czech car maker Škoda Auto has extended its sponsorship deal with Tour
de France organiser A.S.O. until 2023. The deal was signed at the Geneva
Motor Show on Wednesday.
The cooperation will include not only Tour de France but also other cycling races, such as the La Vuelta or Paris-Roubaix. The Czech automobile became the Tour’s official partner and car supplier in 2004 when they signed a four-year contract.
A ceremony is set to take place in Prague on Thursday commemorating 110
years since the birth of Ryszard Siwiec, a Polish man who set himself on
fire in protest at Poland’s involvement in the occupation of
Czechoslovakia in August 1968.
Siwiec died on September 12, 1968 after setting himself alight at a Warsaw sports stadium. The commemorative event will take place at a monument to the Polish protester in front of Prague’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian regimes.
The first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was born exactly
169 years ago and Czech politicians as well as the wider public are
remembering the figure through a series of ceremonies. Representatives of
the government and Parliament will lay a wreath by his grave in Lány and a
special relay run will take place from the statue of Masaryk in front of
Prague Castle, which finishes in Lány.
The public can take part in a number of events being organised across Prague and other cities and towns across the country.
If the Czech Republic issues a tender to build a new nuclear power source,
Rosatom will send a proposal, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade
Denis Manturov told journalists after a bilateral intergovernmental
commission on Wednesday.
His Czech counterpart Marta Nováková (ANO) said one tender conditions would be that the third nuclear power source remain fully under the administration of the Czech Republic once finished.
The intergovernmental commission also discussed mutual cooperation in supporting small- and medium-sized businesses, mutual exports into third-countries and cooperation within the aircraft industry.