Some 844 candidates from 33 parties will be in the running for 21 Czech
seats at the European Parliament in next month’s elections, according to
data posted on its website by the Czech Statistics Office. The number of
people standing is slightly lower than in 2014, though the number of
non-affiliated candidates has risen.
Czechs will take part in European Parliament elections for the fourth time at the end of the third week in May. Turnout last time was 18.2 percent.
Václav Klaus Jr. says he plans to launch a new political party following
next month’s European elections, Hospodářské noviny reported on
Wednesday. The news site Blesk.cz said that his father, former prime
minister and president Václav Klaus, would also join the grouping.
Klaus Jr. was recently expelled from the opposition Civic Democrats. He fell foul of the party’s leaders after supporting a Freedom and Direct Democracy candidate in Senate elections and comparing the acceptance of European Union regulations to Jews being forced to choose who went on transports during the Holocaust.
The former Czech minister of justice Robert Pelikán violated the rights of
alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin when he decided to extradite the Russian to
the United States, the Czech Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday.
The judges overturned Mr. Pelikán’s decision following an appeal from Mr. Nikulin, who was handed over to US officials last year.
The Russian was arrested in Prague on an American warrant in 2016. He is accused of hacking major internet firms such as LinkedIn and Dropbox and faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty in the US. He is also wanted on lesser charges in his native country.
Over one-fifth of Czech workers have changed jobs in the last six months,
which is the highest level since 2010, suggests a survey conducted by the
company Randstad and cited by the Czech News Agency. Over a third of
respondents who had switched positions said higher pay had been the key
factor in their decision.
Another fifth of the workforce are actively seeking new jobs, the report found. Seventy-percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their current employment.
A trip President Miloš Zeman plans to make to China at the end of this
month will cost around CZK 8.8 million crowns, the news site Seznam Zprávy
reported, citing information sent from the Office of the President to the
The figure is around CZK 3 million more than the amount spent on the head of state’s last visit to China. The president’s aides have attributed this to the size of a delegation travelling with him and the cost of a large reception at the Czech Embassy in Beijing.
It will be Mr. Zeman’s sixth visit to China since taking office.
Czech breweries produced a record 21.3 million hectoliters of beer last
year, an increase of 4.7 percent on 2017. The main driver of that increase
was a jump in exports, though domestic consumption was also up on the
In 2018 the average Czech drank 141 litres of beer, which was six more litres than in the previous 12-month period, according to figures released on Tuesday by the national brewers’ association.
Companies that are fully state-owned have to respond to requests for
information if nothing precludes them from doing so, according to a ruling
issued by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. Judges uphold a complaint
against state company OTE, which had said refused to release information,
arguing that it was not required to do so by law, Czech Television
OTE trades in greenhouse gas emission permits and the request had come from the civic association Oživení. It lost a case at the Prague Municipal Court before taking the matter to the country’s highest court.
A former secretary of Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy has
been found guilty of hate speech delivered at a restaurant in the lower
house of the Czech Parliament. The Prague 1 District Court gave Jaroslav
Staník a suspended sentence over the incident, which took place in October
Mr. Staník was heard saying that gay men and lesbians should be shot at birth and that homosexuals, Roma and Jews ought to be gassed.
After Tuesday’s ruling he said that the verdict was aimed at discrediting Freedom and Direct Democracy.
In an interview for Voice Of America (VOA) Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš
Petříček said Czechs view NATO and the EU as cornerstones of peace and
The Czech foreign minister said his country recognizes NATO as an organization “of shared values, as well as an instrument to defend those values.”
He highlighted America’s leading role in NATO, which he said was key to the success of the alliance.
Speaking about present-day threats to NATO the Czech foreign minister said “we’re facing a more assertive Russia, we need to fight international terrorism, and we also need to discuss future relations with China.”
Minister Petříček attended a series of commemorative events in Washington last week marking 70 years since the founding of NATO.