The police force and the army are the most trusted institutions in the
Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency.
The police force enjoys the trust of 72 percent of Czechs, the highest trust-rate in 22years, while the army has a 75 percent trust rating.
Trust in the police force has steadily grown since the fall of communism when it underwent reform and started projecting a new image.
In 1997 the police had a 25 percent trust rating, last year it was 65 percent. Trust in NATO has also seen a rise and is now at 60 percent.
The state-owned provider Czech Railways will have to pay a hefty fine for
allegedly abusing its dominant position on the market in freight transport
in the years between 2005 and 2014.
According to the Czech anti-monopoly office by its behaviour, the company violated both Czech and European competition laws.
However following an appeal, it reduced the original fine from 368 million crowns to 274 million crowns for the transgression.
The decision is now legally binding and Czech Railways has no further means of appeal.
The Moravian metropolis is hosting the 28th International Guitar Festival
Brno featuring flamenco, jazz as well as classical music.
The week-long festival offers visitors seven concerts as well as masterclasses by leading guitarists and a competition for talented musicians.
The main competition prize is a guitar by Masaki Sakurai.
Among this years’ participants are David Carmon, Ana Latorre, Maria Linnemann, Sieggfried Steingolder, Paul Galbraith, Nikita Koshkin and Marco Battaglia.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and the man responsible for the unauthorized
clean-up of the graffiti on Charles Bridge Miloslav Černý will be
presenting a variety of new graffiti clean-up techniques to the public on
Originally the work of two German tourists was to have been removed by experts in restoration of historic monuments which was to have lasted close to three weeks.
Černý, who makes a living cleaning-up graffiti from Prague buildings secretly cleaned it up overnight with steam and hot water, saying later that the longer it stayed the deeper it could penetrate into the stones. He received thank you mails from hundreds of Czechs.
The mayor said the authorities would have to learn to move faster, so as to prevent the need for guerrilla actions on the part of the public. However he is paying Černý for his work.
The leader of the junior coalition party in government, Jan Hamáček of
the Social Democrats has written an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš of ANO regarding the proposed draft budget for 2020 over which the
two parties are at odds.
Mr. Hamáček wrote that the draft proposal was "unrealistic" and his party’s ministries alone would fall short of 20 billion crowns, meaning that the government would not be able to fulfil its policy program and promises to voters.
While the Social Democrats are not in favour of exceeding the proposed 40 billion crown budget deficit they would like to see the government increase the state revenues – through steps such as a bank tax.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš earlier ridiculed the demand, saying the Social Democrats have spending in their genes.
Czech President Miloš Zeman offered his condolences to his US counterpart
Donald Trump on Monday, following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this
weekend which left 29 people dead and at least 50 injured.
The Czech head of state called the attacks “brutal killings, which are nothing less than mass murder.”
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured. According to the Czech Foreign Ministry, there are no Czechs among the victims of the shootings.
The ninth edition of Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual minorities
gets underway on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long
festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screening
and exhibitions. It will culminate on Saturday with a massive parade
through the centre of the city, which is expected to attract around 30,000
The festival’s headline this year is Together Within Reach, which refers to the fact that even today, many same-sex couples still prefer to refrain from public displays of affection.
Dozens of people, including members of the Confederation of Political
Prisoners, gathered in Jihlava on Sunday to honour the victims of the
communist show-trials. The commemorative event took place outside the
former prison, were eleven people were executed in the 1950s.
Seven of these men were executed in one of the most controversial one of the most controversial show-trials of the period, which followed the shooting of three communist officials in the village of Babice in South Moravia in July 1951 and which the Stalinist authorities used as an excuse for widespread reprisals.
The European Commission has criticised the Czech Republic over its lengthy
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of construction projects and its
agricultural management, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing
an EC report debated by the Senate.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec said the government had reservations about some parts of the report, but in general, he described it as a largely objective description of the state of affairs. He also welcomed the report as an effort to introduce better environmental legislation into practice.
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