A 38-year-old Czech woman was killed in a shooting incident in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday. She and a Swiss woman of 34 were kidnapped by a Swiss man, aged 60, who threatened to kill them. When police managed to enter the apartment where the incident was taking place they found all three people dead. A Swiss news website said that the Swiss woman had been romantically involved with the man; when she left him, she had moved in with the Czech woman, who worked as a carer.
Český Krumlov introduces tariffs for buses entering tourist hotspot
Český Krumlov, which draws over a million tourists every year, has begun imposing charges on buses entering the South Bohemian town in a bid to regulate short-term visitors, Czech Television reported. It is the first scheme of its kind in the country, though similar measures are in use in Salzburg and other places in nearby Austria.
The local authorities say up to 20,000 coaches arrive in Český Krumlov every year. The tariff per vehicle is CZK 625 with advance booking and there are two designated bus stops in the town.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described a European Commission
preliminary report suggesting that he is in conflict of interest as
“highly irregular”. The document, published by Czech media outlets on
Friday, says that he has command of trust funds that control the Agrofert
Mr. Babiš told the Czech News Agency that the Commission had last year referred to European law in connection with his links to Agrofert but was now pointing to Czech legislation.
The prime minister suggested the section of the new report referring to the country’s conflict of interest law may have been written by Czechs. The arguments used were the same of those of the Czech Pirate Party and Transparency International, he said.
Mr. Babiš later tweeted that an “informer” was behind the report, adding that no money would be returned.
The European Commission says that all EU subsidies received by Agrofert since February 2017 should be returned. It put the figure that the Czech state should seek back from Agrofert at CZK 450 million.
In a separate matter, the police have recommended that Mr. Babiš face criminal charges of abusing CZK 50 million in EU subsidies in connection with a hotel and conference centre near Prague.
Kateřina Siniaková has reached the fourth round of tennis’s French Open
in Paris after beating world number one Naomi Osaka of Japan. The Czech
beat the winner of the last two Grand Slam tournaments and top seed at
Roland Garros 6-4 6-2 on Saturday to produce a sensation.
Siniaková, who is 23, is ranked 42 in the world overcame Osaka in one hour and 17 minutes. It is the first time she has reached the last 16 at a Grand Slam tournament.
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi was due to arrive in Prague on Saturday. The
politician has a private programme planned for the weekend before holding
official talks with the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, and foreign
minister, Tomáš Petříček. She will also have a brief meeting with
President Miloš Zeman.
On Tuesday the Nobel Peace Prize laureate – who is Myanmar's de facto leader – is due to speak at a business forum. Her country’s minister of investments and economic relations and minister of international cooperation are travelling with her.
June looks set to be warm in the Czech Republic, with temperatures in the
coming week due to reach up to 31 degrees Celsius, according to a four-week
forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute on Saturday.
Though temperatures will not be as high in the remaining three weeks of June, the daily average will be above 20 degrees Celsius and the coming month will be averagely or above averagely warm for the time of year. Precipitation is expected to be in line with the long-term average.
People in the Czech Republic who have debts from their childhood should be
able to clear their debts under the same preferential regime as pensioners
and the infirm, under an amendment to the law on insolvency put forward by
a cross-party group of MPs headed by Kateřinou Valachová of the Social
Democrats. Under the proposed legislation such individuals would be able to
clear their financial liabilities within three years, if they meet certain
In the Czech Republic over 6,500 children are facing distraint orders and tens of thousands of adults are still straddled with debts acquired in childhood. Such debts can arise from failing to pay mobile phone bills or fare-dodging.
A charity concert in aid of victims of terrorist attacks that took place in
Sri Lanka at Easter will be held at the Hotel Hilton in Prague on Saturday
night. The event has been organised by the Czech Centres network and the
Catholic Charity, in cooperation with the Czech Foreign Ministry.
It is due to feature the Zlín Philharmonic Orchestra helmed by Prague-based Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri. The concert’s proceeds will go directly to the families affected by the attacks, which left over 250 people dead.