Education Minister Robert Plaga handed appointment decrees to 63 new
professors at a ceremony at Prague’s Karolinum on Thursday. Most of the
newly-named professors, 10 of which are women, are experts in fields of
technology, medicine and biology.
Among the well-known names are conductor Leoš Svárovský or Andrej Sukop, head of department of Plastic Surgery at Charles University.
The ceremony was not attended by President Miloš Zeman who says the right to appoint professors should be removed from the head of state, in line with practice in other countries.
An escaped cougar is still on the loose in the region of Jindřichův
Hradec in South Bohemia. The big cat has been sighted several times since
April, most recently this weekend near the villages of Deštná and
Local people and tourists have been advised to restrict their walks and keep away from the local forests until the animal is captured. Police have also called on people to report any sightings of the animal, which has most likely escaped from a private owner.
The new Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, arrived in Prague on Thursday
on what is her first foreign trip since her appointment on Saturday. She
was welcomed with military honours at Prague Castle by her Czech
counterpart, Miloš Zeman.
Mrs Čaputová said after the meeting that her visit of the Czech Republic was not just a matter of tradition but a matter real interest in a country, where she had lots of friends. She also said the Czech-Slovak cooperation should continue also within the V4 group, as long as its members respect the rule of law and independent judiciary. The Slovak head of state also invited Mr Zeman to visit Slovakia.
Later on Wednesday, Mrs Čaputová laid flowers at the sculpture of the co-founder of Czechoslovakia, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, and held talks with representatives of the Senate.
The Slovak president is also scheduled to meet Slovaks living in the Czech Republic. In the evening, she is due to attend a concert in her honour at Prague’s Kampa island featuring Czech and Slovak artists.
Meteorologists have warned that strong storms will hit parts of the Czech Republic on Thursday afternoon and evening. Winds could reach up to 70 km per hour. Some areas could see up to 35 mm of rainfall, which could affect local streams and lead to local flooding. Parts of the country excepted to be affected include Moravia, Southern and Central Bohemia and Prague.
Kristýna Plíšková beat her better known twin sister Karolína in the
Nature Valley Classic in the UK city of Birmingham on Wednesday evening.
Kristýna, who is ranked 112th, defeated the world number three 6-2 3-6 7-6
when the 27-year-olds faced off in a WTA match for the first time in their
Kristýna Plíšková will face another compatriot, Barbora Strýcová, in the fourth round in Birmingham. The competition was won by yet another Czech, Petra Kvitová, the last two years, but she is currently injured.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is attending a European Council summit in
Brussels, held talks with outgoing European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
Before leaving for the meeting, Mr. Babiš said the Czech Republic would like somebody, who will not propose new migrant quotas and who supports Central Europe, to become the new president of the European Commission.
The Czech PM said he would not discuss with outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker a European Commission preliminary report that found Mr. Babiš in conflict of interest over the ownership of the Agrofert group. He had previously said he would raise the matter with Mr. Juncker.
Singer Karel Gott has kick-started events celebrating his 80th birthday
with the launch of two new compilation albums. He told the station Rádio
Impuls that his music label had not put any tracks against his will on
Biggest Hits 1964–2019 and the monumental Singles – 300 Songs from
Karel Gott turns 80 on July 14. In a career spanning almost six decades he has released over 100 albums and notched up sales of over 50 million, both in the Czech Republic and in such markets as Germany and Austria.
The new Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, is set to visit the Czech
Republic on Thursday. It will be her first trip abroad since her
appointment last weekend.
President Čaputová will hold talks with her Czech counterpart, Miloš Zeman, as well as representatives of the upper and lower houses and the government. She will also meet Slovaks living in the Czech Republic and attend a concert in her honour featuring Czech and Slovak artists.
It will become easier for the children and grandchildren of exiles from
Communist Czechoslovakia to obtain Czech citizenship after the lower house
on Wednesday approved in the third reading a Senate proposal to that end.
The bill will now go back to the Senate, after which it must be signed by
The legislation pertains to the relatives of Czechs who were stripped of their citizenship prior to 1989. Children and grandchildren wishing to acquire Czech citizenship must provide documentation detailing when and how their family member lost it.