The European Commission on Thursday revised its outlook for Czech economic
growth for this year. In the newly released macro-economic forecast it sees
the country’s gross domestic product growth falling to 2.5 percent.
The report expects growth next year to reach 2.2 percent. Earlier this year it predicted a figure of 2.5 percent for 2020.
Czech lower house of Parliament on Thursday approved a proposal for mutual
cooperation in protecting the Czech and Slovak airspace.
The so-called common Czech-Slovak sky project was signed in February 2017 by the Slovak and Czech defence ministers and subsequently ratified by the national parliaments and presidents of both states.
The agreement assumed mutual assistance in the face of a terrorist threat or in the event that one of the countries was unable to ensure the protection of its airspace.
Czech President Miloš Zeman and Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will
travel to Berlin on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of
the Berlin Wall.
On the eve of the festivities, President Zeman will meet with the former
German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and former European Commissioner
On Saturday, the Czech head of state, along with his Visegrad Four counterparts, will be received by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel. Together they will attend the main commemorative event at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will represent the Czech Republic at the festivities at the Brandenburg Gate on Saturday evening.
The annual Mezipatra Queer Film Festival gets underway on Thursday evening
in Prague, with the main theme called Wind of Change.
The event, which is now in its 20th edition, will present around a hundred Czech and foreign films focusing on the LGBTQ issues, before moving on to the Moravian metropolis of Brno.
The opening film will be Adam, a coming-of-age comedy by U.S. director Rhys Erns.
The Lennon Wall, one of Prague’s most popular tourist landmarks and a
symbol of Czech opposition to the communist regime, will be unveiled on
Thursday afternoon after a month-long renovation.
Since the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, young Czechs would use the wall to write their grievances against the regime. In recent years, however, the place has been repeatedly vandalised.
The Sovereign Order of Malta, which owns the property, decided to turn the place into an open-air gallery with artworks from more than 30 Czech and foreign artists.
Jan Stráský who served as the last prime minister of Czechoslovakia from
June 1992 until the dissolution of the state in January 1993 died at the
age of 78 on Thursday morning, the Czech News Agency reports. Before
assuming the mantle of prime minister, Mr. Stráský was Minister of
Transport and later Health in the Czech government. For the Civic Democrats
and later the Freedom Union party, he was a member of the Czech National
Council and the Chamber of Deputies. After leaving politics he was in
charge of the Šumava National Park.
Former president and prime minister Václav Klaus, who led the Civic Democratic party of which Mr. Stráský was a member, said that the latter was a long-time friend of his and someone with whom he would be willing to “journey all the way to the North Pole”. Petr Fiala, who is the current head of the Civic Democrats tweeted that Mr. Stráský played an important part in the country’s move towards democracy and capitalism.
Karolína Plíšková, the current world number two in womens’ tennis,
has chosen to part ways with former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martínez,
who has been a member of her coaching team since last year's US Open,
the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing Plíšková’s manager
Michal Hrdlička as a source. Mr. Hrdlička said that the Czech tennis
number one will choose her new coach before preparations for the next
Ms. Plíšková, who has had several coaches throughout her career, wished her former trainer all the best into the future, but said that she wants to try to “move another step forward”.
České Budějovice’s Budweiser Budvar and the Žatec hops are to be
protected brands in China according to a new agreement between the European
Commission and Beijing, which covers a total of one hundred foodstuffs with
protected geographical indications, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday.
European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreev called the deal a breakthrough agreement which will protect many of Europe’s most famous products including Irish whiskey, Feta cheese, or Parma ham.
In return the EU has promised to provide the same status for one hundred Chinese foods.
Jan Zrzavý’s 1026 painting of Pavla Osuská, the wife of the then
Czechoslovak Ambassador in Paris, is on display from Wednesday to Friday in
Prague’s Municipal House (Obecní Dum). The painting, which is nicknamed
the "Czechoslovak Mona Lisa" was long thought to be lost, but is
now part of a private collection and is being displayed to the public on
the occasion of the 500 anniversary of the death of Italian polymath
Leonardo da Vinci, the Czech News Agency reports.
Mrs. Osuská was a member of the National Theater opera ensemble before she married and left her career to serve the state in boosting Czechoslovak-French cultural ties in Paris.
Visitors can view the painting during the afternoon hours.