Prague Castle held an open day on Saturday allowing the public to see parts
of the complex that are normally inaccessible. The free of charge event was
held to mark to start of the summer season at one of the country’s most
As well as getting to view the rooms where the president appoints governments and welcomes foreign dignitaries, visitors could peruse presents given to the head of state by visitors and a mock-up of a state dinner table.
The Office of the President is this year celebrating its centenary. Marking that anniversary, interwar presidential seals, copies of the Order of the White Lion (the highest state honour) and period documents were put on display on Saturday.
The number of Czech children attending international schools either abroad
or in the Czech Republic has risen sharply in the last decade, according to
figures from the Ministry of Education cited by the Czech News Agency.
Whereas there were 2,744 Czechs enrolled at international schools in the
2008–2009 academic year, today that figure has risen to 9,274.
Of those attending such institutions in the Czech Republic the highest number is in Prague, followed by the Moravian Silesian Region.
The mansion where Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich
lived on the outskirts of Prague has been sold at auction for nearly CZK 39
million. The auction was anonymous. The building in Panenské Břežany in
Prague East had fallen into a state of disrepair when the previous owner, a
research institute, went bankrupt.
The Nazi’s first “protector” of the Czech lands, Konstantin von Neurath, moved into the property. When he was replaced by Heydrich the latter and his family took it over. The “Butcher of Prague” was living there when he was assassinated in 1942 by Czechoslovak paratroopers sent from the UK.
A sharp rise in the number of highly visible warning signs that motorists
see if they wrongly attempt to enter a motorway lane leading into oncoming
traffic is planned, Czech Television reported. The recently appointed
minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, reached agreement on the matter
with the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček.
Police in the past recommended that 130 “Stop – Wrong Direction” signs be installed but under the previous minister of transport only four were put in place. Minister Kremlík has not revealed how many will go up, saying the police’s proposals would be examined. The first wave of such signs is due to appear on Czech motorways in June.
The case of a man who made a Seig Heil gesture at a Prague political
gathering organised by Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party
is to be considered by the state attorney’s office after being handed
over by the police. Officers said that while looking at footage of the
incident they had also found evidence of a woman wearing a swastika and are
also investigating that matter.
The event in question was a rally on Wenceslas Sq. at which far-right leaders such as Marine Le Pen of France and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders appeared alongside Mr. Okamura to protest at what they dubbed the “dictate” of the European Union.
The Czech Republic won their opening game against Sweden at World Ice Hockey Championships in Bratislava on Friday evening. Coach Miloš Říha’s team opened the scoring but then fell 2:1 behind. However, they managed to turn the game around with three goals in the final period for an impressive victory over the Swedes, who lifted the title at the last two World Ice Hockey Championships. The Czechs’ next game is against Norway on Saturday night.
Former Social Democratic Party deputy Petr Wolf, who has been on the run
since 2013, when he was convicted of subsidy fraud, is hiding in Paraguay,
Czech Television reported citing police sources.
The police reportedly lost trace of him in Paraguay. Although an international arrest warrant has been issued on him, Wolf has so far avoided detention.
The million crown fine meted out by the court was paid in instalments from different destinations, even while the former MP was on the run.
The country’s chief state attorney, Pavel Zeman, has ruled out the
possibility that in the Czech Republic it is possible to order a criminal
prosecution against someone.
He said the allegations made by the newly-appointed justice minister, Marie Benešova, were untrue, saying there were no grounds for such accusations, which undermined public trust in the judiciary.
Justice Minister Benešova claims the opposite, and moreover made the allegations in a report to President Zeman at a time when she was acting as his chief legal advisor.
The document has not been made public, but the minister was called on to clarify her claims before the lower house during the ministerial question-and-answer session on Thursday.