MPs are set to vote again this week in favour of a proposal to tax
financial compensation awarded to churches in lieu of property that could
not be returned in restitution.
The Senate had rejected the Communist-drafted proposal, arguing it was unconstitutional and unjust to tax money paid in compensation for properties confiscated by the former regime.
The Communists have conditioned their tolerance of the minority government comprised of the ANO and Social Democrat parties on the proposal passing.
They estimate the Czech state stands to recover about 380 million crowns annually from the roughly 2 billion crowns it now transfers to 16 churches and a Jewish federation under bilateral agreements.
One of the shooting victims from separate incidents late Friday night has
died of his injuries.
The 65-year-old man died Saturday. He was undergoing oncological treatment at University Hospital in Vinohrady when he and another patient were shot.
The shooter, a 74-year-old man, was also a patient and sharing their room. He was disarmed by nurses and arrested.
In the other incident, a drunken man shot three people with a shotgun on Rostovská Street in Vršovice. The shooter also had a handgun on him when taken into custody, police said.
Separate shootings in Prague late Friday night left five people injured,
with one in critical condition, a police spokesman said. Both incidents
occurred after 11:00 p.m. in Prague 10.
In the more serious incident, a 74-year-old patient at the University Hospital in Vinohrady shot two other patients with a handgun. He was then disarmed by nurses and arrested.
In the other incident, a drunken man shot three people with a shotgun on Rostovská Street in Vršovice. He also had a handgun on him when taken into custody, police said.
American Olympic gold-medalist Mikaela Shiffrin has won the World Cup
slalom in the Czech ski resort where she began her racing career in 2011.
Shiffrin set a new record for the most Alpine Skiing World Cup triumphs in a season, 15, after winning the slalom in Špindlerův Mlýn.
Switzerland's Wendy Holdener finished second. Petra Vlhová of Slovakia, the only skier other than Shiffrin to win a women's World Cup slalom since January 2017, placed third.
Czech teen Gabriela Capová placed fourth.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has invited members of the US Congress
in the "Friends of the Czech Republic" group to visit Prague
after the European elections in May.
He extended the invitation to the bipartisan group, whose members have constituencies with significant Czech communities, on Friday, the last day of his official visit to Washington.
Earlier in the day, Mr Babiš laid a wreath in honour of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed when a hijacked plane crashed into the building.
He was accompanied by the US Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, with whom he discussed the joint fight of American and Czech soldiers against international terrorism. They also discussed cooperation to modernise the Czech Armed Forces.
The Czech Prime Minister also met officers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and representatives of major US Jewish organisations.
A director who documented the last few years of Václav Havel’s life has
received more than twice the initial amount he sought through a Czech
crowdfunding site to begin work on editing his film.
Petr Jančárek, who worked with the late Czech president from 2009 to 2011, shot some 200 hours of material that will be edited for a feature-length documentary.
He had sought 400,000 crowns in public donations through the crowdfunding site HitHit but received more than 1 million crowns in the first 10 days. Jančárek will continue trying to raise money through crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, his representative told ČTK.
Entitled “This is Havel, Can You Hear Me?”, the documentary is set to premiere in November 2019, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the fall of Communism in Europe.
Jančárek is hoping to get the rights for songs by some of Havel’s favourite musicians, including the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and David Bowie, for a symbolic price.
The week-long East Doc Platform, billed as the largest co-production,
funding and distribution platform tailor-made for Central and East European
documentaries, begins on Saturday in Prague.
This year’s theme, “Eastern Logic”, refers what organisers say is the unique identity and style shared by countries of the former Eastern Bloc. It describes thinking that manifests itself in documentary films from the region, from a technical and thematic aspect.
East Doc Platform is organised by the Institute for Documentary Film and One World film festival.
A Czech man has won a white Lamborghini given to Pope Francis by the
Italian carmaker last year to support a charity lottery.
Pope Francis signed hood of the Lamborghini Huracán model last year and blessed it before turning the car over for auction.
The lottery raised over 200,000 euros through the sale of the "popemobile" for a charity that helps the Christian community in Iraq, including to rebuild churches destroyed by the so-called Islamic State.
Czech tycoon Radovan Vítek has bought a portfolio of flats on London’s
“Billionaires’ Row” for £55 million through developer CPI Property
Group, British daily the Evening Standard reports.
CPI has teamed up with London-based private investor Dean Main to buy 11 apartments on The Bishops Avenue, the paper said, citing unnamed industry sources.
Mr Vitek is worth $3.5 billion according to business magazine Forbes.