Five Czech Gripen fighter jets departed on a NATO mission to protect the
airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Friday. The Baltic states do
not have supersonic jets of their own, and allied members take turns
defending their airspace.
Czech pilots will be deployed at Amari base in Estonia until the end of the year, and undertake the mission in cooperation with alliance members Belgium and Denmark.
The state has earmarked 580 million crowns for the reconstruction of Hotel
Thermal which traditionally serves the Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová told reporters on Friday.
The reconstruction of the state-owned hotel and adjacent swimming pool should be concluded by 2021.
Minister Schillerová said the aim was to preserve the hotel’s original appearance as far as possible.
Firefighters have managed to put out a fire raging on the grounds of the
Losovice chemicals factory since Thursday afternoon, the ctk news agency
reported early on Friday.
Three fire-fighters were injured in the blaze. A team of experts will investigate the cause of the fire as soon as conditions allow. Preliminary damage has been estimated at 40 million crowns.
The main factory hall, with around 300 employees was not damaged.
The Prague 6 authorities have ordered that the statue of Soviet Marshal
Ivan Konev be covered up and hidden behind scaffolding.They say it is the
easiest and cheapest way of protecting it against vandalism.
The controversial statue has repeatedly been vandalized with spray paint in the past, most recently on the anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, sparking controversy between Prague and Moscow.
The local authorities in Prague 6 have been pushing for the statue to be moved to the grounds of the Russian embassy in Prague, and refused to clean it up when it was last sprayed with red paint, saying the act reflected the feelings of the public.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Hundreds of people attended an open air concert in Prague’s Wallenstein
Gardens commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on
The event featured the Prague Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Jan Kučera, which performed Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and singers Jaroslav Hutka, Aneta Langerová, Michael Kocáb and the group Spiritual Quintet with songs reminiscent of the heady days of the Velvet Revolution.
The concert, called Velvet Voices, was the first of a series of concerts and cultural events celebrating the return of democracy to the country 30 years ago.
Bass baritone Adam Plachetka launched his new CD Winter Journey on the roof
of Prague‘s Lucerna Palace on Thursday.
The CD comprises 24 songs by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert and was recorded live at Plachetka's May concert in the Rudolfinum, where he was accompanied by pianist Gary Matthewman. It will start selling in September.
Opera buffs can also look forward to Plachetka’s first concert in Prague’s 02 Arena in January of next year.
Slavia Prague‘s opponents in the Champions’ League group will be
Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
The group stage clashes of the UEFA competition were traditionally decided in a closely-watched draw in Monaco on Thursday evening.
Slavia Prague have qualified for the Champions League for the second time ever.
The lower house of Parliament is to debate a Senate proposal for a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
the committee for procedural matters decided on Thursday.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
The earliest possible date for the planned intergovernmental negotiations
between the Czech Republic and Israel is sometime in the first half of
2020, the Czech Ambassador to Israel Martin Stropnický told the Czech News
Originally, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu considered the possibility of organising the talks this year.
However, Mr. Stropnický says that, due to a turbulent year in Israeli politics, it was impossible to find a suitable time in 2019.
The Czech ambassador went on to say that it is an absolute priority for his mission to ensure the eventual talks are held in the Czech Republic.
In regards to the question of moving the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a policy which the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, is in favour of, Mr. Stropnický said that the Czech government is following the European political line and does not intend to go ahead with the move.
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