Fifty-four people have died on roads in the Czech Republic in July, which
is three more than in the previous year, according to preliminary police
statistics quoted by the Czech News Agency. July 29 was the worst day of
the month for traffic accidents, with five deaths.
July is traditionally one of the most tragic months on Czech roads with many people travelling for summer vacations. The most recent accident happened on Wednesday in the central-Bohemian town of Humpolec, when a car hit a pram, killing one child and injuring another.
Culture Minister Antonín Staněk has announced a selection process for the
post of the head of Prague’s National Gallery. The new director of the
National Gallery should be appointed by the end of February 2020. Mr
Staněk made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, on his
last day in office.
Mr Staněk sacked the head of the National Gallery in Prague, Jiří Fajt, as well as the head of Olomouc’s Museum of Arts, Michal Soukoup, in mid-April, accusing them of improper management. The sacking of Mr. Fajt caused a huge wave of criticism from the domestic art scene, forcing the minister to step down a month later.
Some 40 percent of Czech citizens are happy with the way democracy is
working in the country, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency.
Sixteen percent of those polled said they were seriously discontent with
the state of democracy, while 44 percent thought democracy wasn’t
According to STEM, the numbers have been improving in recent years. The worst result was recorded between the years 2011 to 2013, under the government of Petr Nečas, with only 26 percent being content with the state of democracy at the time.
Rescuers in Norway have so far failed to retrieve the bodies of two Czech
mountaineers who died while climbing the Trollvegen or Troll Wall in the
south-west of the country. The climbers were found at the bottom of the
mountain-side on Monday afternoon after being reported missing earlier in
The Czechs, both allegedly experienced climbers, set out on their journey on Thursday last week. The Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, measuring 1,100 meters from its base to the summit of its highest point.
Jamaican singer Ziggy Marley is set to perform at Prague’s Archa Theatre on Wednesday evening. The eight-time Grammy award winner and the oldest son of Bob Marley will perform in Prague for the first time, following up on his appearance at the Colours of Ostrava music festival last year. The reggae star will present his latest Grammy-nominated studio album called Rebellion Rises.
The Social Democrats cannot support the proposed draft state-budget for
2020, party leader Jan Hamáček told reporters on Wednesday. According to
Mr. Hamáček, the five Social Democrat-led ministries, including the
Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Social Affairs, would fall short of 20
Mr Hamáček says the proposed state budget would not allow the government to fulfil its promises, as stated in its policy program. While the Social Democrats don’t want to increase the proposed 40 billion crown deficit, they argue that the state budget income is undervalued.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the budget negotiations, led by Finance Minister Alena Schillerová, would continue until the end of September
Deputy minister René Schreier is to be named as interim minister of
culture. His appointment was announced by outgoing department head Antonín
Staněk and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday, Mr. Staněk’s last
day in office.
Mr. Babiš said Mr. Schreier will hold the reins at the ministry until President Miloš Zeman decides on whether to appoint the Social Democrats’ nominee Michal Šmarda. The party have threatened to quit the government if Mr. Zeman rejects their candidate.
Legal expert Jan Kysela told Novinky.cz that the absence of a minister was in contravention of the constitution and the Competence Act. Though deputy ministers have taken over at government departments in the past it is still wrong, Mr. Kysela said.
Viktoria Plzeň have been knocked out in the second qualifying round of
football’s Champions League by Olympiakos. After a 0:0 draw in the first
leg in West Bohemia last week Plzeň lost 4:0 away to the Greek side on
Coach Pavel Vrba’s charges will now face Antwerp in the second-tier Europa League. The first leg of their third qualifying round tie takes place in Belgium on Thursday next week.
Plzeň last season reached the Champions League group stage for the third time.
The Czech government has approved CZK 2.5 billion for the non-state owners
of forestry affected by a major bark beetle infestation in recent years,
the Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The money is intended to
compensate for the lower price of wood caused by the bark beetle crisis and
will be available this and next year.
The minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, said the price of coniferous wood had fallen sharply in the last two years. For this reason forestry owners do not currently possess funding for renewal and cultivation. The funding is not intended to fund the felling of damaged trees, he said.