Dozens of hares and several pheasants found dead by hunters on the
outskirts of Brno were killed by Stutox II, a rat poison that farmers were
recently prohibited from using on a blanket scale, unofficial lab tests
show. The firm Bonagro, which allegedly applied the poison in nearby
fields, has come forward to say it did so before the government issued a
Earlier this month the government suspended a decision to let farmers use Stutox II to poison rodents, which have decimated grain and rapeseed crops and are threatening corn, beet, sunflower production. The Ministry of Environment had argued the poison presents a serious threat to other animals, including birds, and that its use violates the law on landscape protection.
A special commission of the Czech Senate set up to assess the European
Commission audits concerning Prime Minister Andrej Babiš' suspected
conflict of interest and EU subsidies for Czech agriculture, will request
copies of the said documents directly from Brussels, the head of the
commission Senator Zdeněk Nytra told the ctk news agency.
The commission has repeatedly requested copies of the audits from the Czech ministries of agriculture, finance and local development and been refused on the grounds that they are preliminary and thereby confidential.
The 12-member commission is not investigative and has no special powers aside from providing information.
The frequent rain showers over the past ten days have alleviated the
drought which affected large parts of the Czech Republic.
According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute the drought is now affecting only 40 percent of Czech territory, whereas in July it was 75 percent.
Nevertheless, low soil moisture levels persist in northwest and eastern Bohemia and groundwater levels remain subnormal in most parts of the country.
President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for refusing to appoint the
Social Democratic Party’s nominee Michal Šmarda culture minister and
thereby deepening the drawn-out government crisis. Both the Social
Democrats of the ruling coalition and right-wing opposition parties are
calling on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to act and ensure that the
constitutional order in the country be respected.
Deputy Marian Jurečka from the Christian Democratic Party said on Thursday he would take steps to initiate an emergency session of the lower house to debate legal action against the president if the prime minister fails to deal with the situation within a week. The Czech Senate voted in favour of a constitutional complaint against the president’s actions last week but the complaint would have to win support from 120 deputies in the lower house for it to be reviewed by the Constitutional Court.
The leader of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček said on Wednesday that his party is standing behind its nominee and will not consider other candidates for the post. He has threatened to quit the ruling coalition over the president’s reluctance to respect the party’s wishes.
Under the Czech constitutional order the president is bound to accept the prime minister’s request for the dismissal of a given cabinet minister as well as the nominee chosen to replace him.
Daria Kashcheeva‘s animated film "Daughter” has been shortlisted
for the 2019 Student Academy Awards. It will be competing against the
German animation short Love Me, Fear Me and the French production The
“Daughter” recalls a childhood moment when a little girl tries to share her experience with an injured bird with her father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace throws a long shadow.
The Oscar winners will be announced in Los Angeles on October 17.
Prague Castle is opening an exhibition dedicated to the son of the Holy
Roman Emperor Charles IV., Václav IV. (1361 -1419) and the art of his
time. Vaclav IV. ruled Bohemia at the turn of the 15th century; he was
crowned king of the Holy Roman Empire in 1376.
At the exhibition, visitors will see manuscripts and other examples of decorative art including reliquaries, tiles, burial gowns, a drinking horn from Dresden or a unique saddle from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The exhibition, held to mark the 600 anniversary of Vaclav IV’s death, will run from August 16 through November 3.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has rejected the Social Democrats’ nominee
for culture minister, Michal Šmarda, as unqualified for the job.
Since May the Social Democrats have argued that Zeman has no constitutional authority to veto candidates put forth by a prime minister.
The center-left party has threatened to quit the minority coalition with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) over the dispute.
Babiš has been reluctant to challenge Zeman, who called on Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček to choose another candidate.
Czech police have accused two men and one woman of modern slavery in a
long-running operation targeting people from socially disadvantaged
Between 2009 and 2017, the suspects allegedly lured people from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Manchester, England, with false promises of legitimate well-paid work.
Police said the victims were stripped of their travel documents. Under threat of violence, the victims were forced to work in car washes, factories, restaurants and elsewhere for a fraction of the going wages.
In several cases, women were also wed to non-EU citizens in an illegal marriage scam.