The group Lake Malawi will represent the Czech Republic in the first
semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening,
performing the song Friend of a Friend. If they do well, singer-songwriter
Albert Černý’s band will qualify for Saturday’s final.
Last year Mikolas Josef achieved the best ever result for a Czech entrant in Eurovision when he came sixth in the final.
The Czech Republic lost 3:0 to Russia at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Slovakia on Monday evening. Coach Miloš Říha’s team had scored 12 goals in their first two games in the tournament, in which they beat Sweden and Norway, but were unable to continue that run in their third match in Group B against the still undefeated Russians. The Czechs’ next game is against Latvia on Thursday evening.
The 18th International Contemporary Art Fair Art Prague opens in the Czech
capital on Tuesday. The collection showcases works by 230 Czech and foreign
artists from all fields of contemporary art: painting, drawing, graphic
art, sculpture, art glass creations and video projections.
The art fair was organized with the help of 38 galleries and studios who lent selected items. The six-day event includes lectures, debates and meetings with the artists.
Traditionally, one exhibiting artist under the age of 35 will receive the Art Prague Young Award.
Czech President Miloš Zeman left for a three-day official visit to Hungary
on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday he will be received with military
honours by his Hungarian counterpart President Janos Ader and meet for
talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Speaker of Parliament Laszlo
The Czech head of state, who is accompanied by a sizeable delegation of Czech business leaders, will also inspect the Paks nuclear power plant, for which Russia’s Rosatom is to build two new units.
President Zeman has advocated "the Hungarian path" in the completion of nuclear blocks in the Czech Republic.
The government on Monday approved another loan of crude oil from the
country’s state material reserves to the oil refinery in Litvinov. It is
the second loan since Russian crude oil deliveries via the Družba pipeline
were suspended on April 25th due to contamination of the oil with high
levels of organic chloride.
According to Pavel Švagr, head of the Administration of State Material Reserves, the second loan should cover the refinery’s needs until the end of May. Deliveries of Russian crude oil could be renewed by May 25.
Academics and former politicians have written an open letter to the Czech
energy utility ČEZ petitioning the management not to sell the Počerady
coal-burning electric power plant to entrepreneur Pavel Tykač. The
petitioners say its continued operation would be in violation of the 2016
Paris Climate Agreement.
Among the signatories are former prime ministers Petr Pithart and Vladimír Špidla, sociologist Jiřina Šiklová and former environment ministers Bedřich Moldan and Martin Bursík. Members of the public are being encouraged to take a stand as well.
EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has warned against organized
disinformation campaigns in the European elections, particularly
manipulation from Russia.
In an interview for the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) Jourová said "we cannot allow that even in one member state the election results are tampered with by manipulation.”
The commissioner said these elections were “a fateful choice for Europe” and that organized disinformation campaigns from abroad were seeking to exploit current divisions in society. “Europe needs to be aware," Jourová said.
The construction of a high speed rail network in the country should begin
in 2025, the newly-appointed transport minister, Vladmír Kremlík told
journalists after a visit to Czech Railroad Management.
The Czech Republic should adhere to French norms for speed trains for which it will pay SNCF Mobilités around 11 million crowns.
The fastest Czech train, the Pendolino, travels at a maximum speed of 150 km per hour on conventional tracks.
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