The leadership of the Communist Party has not distanced itself from
shocking statements made by the party’s deputy chair Stanislav Grospič
who said in an interview for Czech Radio that the 1968 Soviet-led invasion
of Czechoslovakia had not been an invasion and that the people killed had
died mostly in road accidents. His words were condemned by politicians
across the board.
Opposition politicians are calling for his resignation as head of the Mandate and Immunity Committee in the lower house.
The head of the Communist Party Vojtěch Filip said after a meeting of the party’s leadership that its members should be more restrained in expressing themselves in public and should make sure their statements do not go counter the official party line.
The ruling ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babis would win general
elections by a large margin, according to an October poll conducted by the
The Pirate Party would come second with 12.5 percent of the vote and the Civic Democrats would place third with 11.5 percent.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy Party would gain 8 percent, while the Social Democrats and Communist Party would get 7.5 and 7 percent respectively.
The only other party which stands a chance of crossing the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house is TOP 09 with 6 percent support.
The Czech Republic has placed 41st on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing
Business ranking for 2019. New Zealand topped the list, followed by
Singapore and Hong Kong.
A country’s performance is judged on a variety of factors, and a higher ranking indicates better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights.
The Czech Republic excelled in conditions for foreign trade but did poorly as concerns excessive bureaucracy in starting a business and in gaining a construction permit where it placed 134th and 157th respectively.
Senator Lukáš Wagenknecht from the Pirate Party has filed a complaint
with the European Court of Justice regarding the fact that the European
Council has not set down regulations which would prevent the presidents and
prime ministers of member states holding office if they have a conflict of
Senator Wagenknecht claims that the Czech prime minister’s suspected conflict of interest could cast doubt on the European Union budget.
The European Commission is expected to finalize a definitive audit into the Czech prime minister’s suspected conflict of interest in the coming days.
The Czech Minister for Regional Development Klára Dostálová told Czech Radio that if the audit confirmed its preliminary findings regarding an existing conflict of interest on the part of the Czech prime minister, the country would take the case to the European Court of Justice.
A group of seven environmental activists forced their way into the Vršany
brown coal mine early on Tuesday to stage a protest against the planned
sale of the coal-burning Počerady electric power plant to the group Se.ven
Energy belonging to Czech billionaire Pavel Tykač.
Police are monitoring the situation and a mediator has been called to the scene. Academics and former politicians have also been petitioning the power utility ČEZ against the sale on the grounds that the plant's continued operation would be in violation of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
The Czech Interior Ministry has said it has no information which would
point to an increased risk of attack from Islamic State radicals following
the killing of their leader al-Baghdadi.
The statement comes in reaction to concerns in some countries regarding possible retaliatory strikes.
Nevertheless, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said that the country‘s security services were closely monitoring the situation and cooperating with partner organizations abroad.
Polish police have interrogated a Czech Catholic priest who is suspected of
paedophilia after arranging to meet with a minor in a hotel in Katowice.
The “young man “ he communicated with on the Internet claimed to be 15 and handicapped, but was in actual fact a Polish activist monitoring paedophile networks.
The priest was arrested by the police as he arrived at the hotel room for the set meeting. He admitted to having planned sex with the young man, but rejected the suspicion of paedophilia. He has resigned from all his functions in the Church.
President Miloš Zeman awarded high state distinctions to 42 Czech and
foreign personalities on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day on
Among the personalities decorated for outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities are former Czech president Václav Klaus, the last surviving Czech RAF pilot Emil Boček, ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, Škoda Favorit designer Petr Hrdlička, the head of the Supreme Audit Office Miloslav Kala or, in memoriam, Corporal Tomáš Procházka, who died last year while serving with the Czech military contingent in Afghanistan.
Among the foreign laureates were former Slovak president Rudolf Schuster, Srbian film director Emir Kusturica and former mayor of Vienna, the late Helmut Cilk, awarded in memoriam.