Tomáš Dvořák, a former decathlon world champion and world record
holder, has announced he will resign as head coach of the Czech Athletics
Federation after this season.
Dvořák, now 47, took over the post in 2009. In a press release, he said he looked forward to less stress in his life, but could imagine staying on as a consultant to the new head coach.
Czech player Markéta Vondroušová advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-6 7-5 victory over Croatia’s Petra Martic at the French Open on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Czech needed exactly two hours to book a spot in her first career major semifinal. Vondroušová will face Britain’s Johanna Konta for a place in the Roland Garros final.
Another in a series of protests against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and
his appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister took place in
Prague on Tuesday evening. The organizer Million Moments for Democracy said
around 120,000 people had taken part in the rally, making it the biggest
public protest since the ani-communist demonstrations in 1989.
As well as demanding the removal of both Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Justice Minister Marie Benešová who was appointed just days after the police recommended that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stand trial in a fraud case, the protests’ organisers have called on Mr. Babiš to relinquish all his media assets so as not to continue to influence the free press.
Another demonstration is due to take place on 23 June on Prague’s Letná plain, the venue of the largest anti-regime demonstrations of November 1989.
Czech deputies on Tuesday began debating the alleged conflict of interest
issues of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš outlined in a preliminary report of
the European Commission, which focuses on the granting of EU subsidies.
Mr Babiš told MPs that the draft report amounted to an attack against the Czech Republic and its national interests. He again asserted that Prague would not return any subsidies in connection with the case, which centres on the Agrofert conglomerate he founded.
He also lashed out again at the opposition Pirate Party and the Czech branch of corruption watchdog Transparency International, who turned to Brussels over Babiš’s suspected conflict of interest last year.
The Czech government has started preparing a new economic strategy, which
would lead the country into the year 2030, Industry and Trade Minister
Karel Havlíček said on Tuesday at the annual meeting of industry and
export representatives in Prague.
The long-term aim of the program is to support production with a higher added value as well as implementing changes that will help the Czech Republic to become a leader in artificial intelligence and innovation. The motto of the new policy line will be The Czech Republic: A Country for the Future.
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham is among the high-profile guests
set to attend this year’s Prague Writer’s Festival. The British author,
who is perhaps best known for his 1998 novel Hours, will present his new
book, called Glory.
Other guests include Australian feminist writer Germaine Greer and Mexican writer and journalist Alma Guillermoprieto. The festival will run from October 16 to 20.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Industry and Trade Minister Karel
Havlíček could visit Myanmar this fall. Mr Havlíček made the statement
at the Czech-Burmese economic forum, which takes place on the occasion of
Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Prague.
Mrs Suu Kyi, who is Maynmar’s de facto leader, is in the Czech Republic
for a three-day official visit. She is accompanied by her minister
country’s minister of investments and economic relations and minister of
Speaking at the economic forum, Mr Babiš has highlighted the growing economic cooperation between the two countries. He also said that while Czech exports to Asia fell by 23 per cent last year, exports from Myanmar to the Czech Republic increased by 66 per cent.
Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček, along with police and customs officials
on Tuesday opened a National Border Protection Centre in Prague. The main
task of the newly established centre is to ensure cooperation between
security forces in the protection of the Czech Republic’s outer borders.
The joint centre of the immigration police and the Czech Republic’s Customs Administration, which is located in Prague, will cooperate with partners in the Schengen Area and other countries.
Mr Hamáček said better protection of the Czech Republic’s outer borders was a basic precondition for preserving the freedom of movement.
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