The state will have to cover the cost of a two-day postponement of
reconstruction work on the D1 highway between Prague and Brno, the news
site ihned reported, citing the Eurovia construction company working on the
The firm says the cost of withdrawing workers and technology from the given stretch of the highway at short notice last week would cost an additional several million crowns.
The order for the postponement came from the Road and Rail Directorate at the instigation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in order to ease weekend traffic on the badly congested highway.
Critics say it was a purely populist move on the part of the prime minister and one that will cost taxpayers dearly.
Prague 2 has prepared an all-day program marking 600 years since the First
Defenestration of Prague when an angry crowd of Hussites stormed Prague’s
New Town Hall and threw its councillors out of the window. The protest
against the contemporary direction of the Church led to the Hussite Wars
which lasted until 1436.
The program on Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square) where the incident took place includes a medieval market, music, dancing and entertainment leading up to a re-enactment of the defenestration itself at around 5pm.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with the incoming president of the
European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Monday to discuss the
country’s nominee for European commissioner as well as a likely
The Czech prime minister told journalists that he had proposed a second term for the country‘s present representative Věra Jourová, the current commissioner for justice, consumer protection and equality.
He said he hoped that her experience could help get the Czech Republic a stronger portfolio in the European Commission, for instance the internal market portfolio or digitalization.
Although her nomination still needs to be approved by the government ANO’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, approve of the choice.
President Miloš Zeman has dismissed Culture Minister Antonín Staněk from
his post, effective as of July 31, the president’s spokesman Jiří
Ovčáček informed journalists on Monday. According to Ovčáček the
president thanked Mr. Staněk for his good work and for having unveiled
corruption in the field of culture.
The dismissal comes two months after Prime Minister Babiš officially requested it and the delay has caused a drawn-out crisis in the governing coalition, with the Social Democrats, who are in charge of the culture portfolio, threatening to walk out of the coalition government over the president’s reluctance to act.
The party has already named Michal Šmarda as its nominee for the post, but President Zeman has not so far agreed to make the appointment, saying he would decide on Staněk’s successor in mid-August.
The graffiti which vandals sprayed on one of the support pillars of Charles
Bridge some time ago was removed inexpertly overnight by an unknown person,
according to the National Heritage Institute.
The clean-up job wasn't done by the company selected and nobody has so far claimed responsibility.
Experts started work on the site on Saturday afternoon and when they arrived back the next day they found that someone had removed the graffiti with an unknown substance.
Tests are now underway to determine whether the substance used had damaged the stones of the centuries old monument.
The culprits, two German tourists aged 23 and 30, are to pay fines of CZK 100,000 each plus CZK 40,000 to cover the cost of the damage, according to a Prague 1 District Court ruling. Both have appealed.
Prime Minister Babiš’ ANO party still maintains a strong lead over its
political rivals, but support for the party has been gradually sliding,
according to a poll conducted by the Median agency.
If elections were held today ANO would get 28.5 percent of the vote, down by two percentage points since May, followed by the Pirate Party with 14 percent, and the Civic Democrats with 12.5 percent.
The only other parties which would cross the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house of Parliament are the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party, the Social Democrats, the Communists, the Mayors and Independents and the Christian Democrats.
Animal adaptations are not keeping pace with climate change, according to
an extensive scientific study involving Czech experts from Palacký
University in Olomouc.
According to a study conducted in twenty countries, including the Czech Republic, the timing of life cycle events such as breeding and migration is mismatched to current climate and not all species are adapting fast enough, meaning they are threatened with extinction.
According to the study some bird species are particularly at risk in this respect.
An accident involving a freight train carrying lime from Mariánské
Lázně to Plzeň on Sunday is believed to have been caused by human error.
According to preliminary reports the train driver exceeded the permitted speed limit and lost control.
Nobody was hurt in the accident but the damage has been estimated in the tens of millions of crowns and the track is likely to remain closed until August 2nd.
More than half of Czechs are dissatisfied with the work of the courts and
state attorneys, according to the results of a survey conducted by the STEM
Fifty-three percent of respondents said they were not happy with the present state of the judiciary and 32 percent of respondents said it needed radical reform.
Older people, and in particular small and mid-sized entrepreneurs, expressed dissatisfaction particularly with the slow pace of Czech courts, while younger people were inclined to be more tolerant in their judgement.