Leaders of the Czech coalition parties are to discuss later on Sunday an addition to the coalition agreement, following a drawn-out crisis within the ruling coalition. Leaders of the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and Public Affairs have already agreed on most of the programme issues; on Sunday, they will be primarily dealing with personnel changes to the government. The junior coalition Public Affairs party demands to have four ministerial posts in the centre-right government; they lost two of them in the wake of a corruption scandal that rocked the party earlier this year.
Swiss prosecutors will next week continue investigations of the late 1990s privatization of the Mostecká uhelná coal firm, Czech Television reported on Sunday. Starting Monday, the prosecutors will interrogate several former members of the government that oversaw the dubious deal, including then justice minister, and the current head of the country’s Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychteský. The investigation centres on suspicions that the privatization could have been funded by funds which should have been used for the re-cultivation of former mining sites but ended up on foreign bank accounts.
The Czech-German Fund for the Future will support another 167 projects aimed at improving relations between the two countries, the head of the fund’s board of directors, Albert Schläger, told the Czech news agency ČTK on Sunday. The fund has earmarked some 21.5 million Czech crowns for the projects that include the popular Prague Theatre Festival of the German Language, an annual event that brings German-speaking theatre troupes to the Czech capital.
The Czech-German Fund for the Future was established in 1997 on the basis of a joint Czech-German declaration; the German side admitted its responsibility for the crimes of the Nazi regime while the Czech Republic expressed regrets for the post-war expulsion of the Czechoslovakia’s German-speaking community.
Prague’s Apostrof theatre festival, which started in the Czech capital on Sunday, brings together ensembles from several European countries as well as from India, Thailand and the United States. The festival began with the world premiere of the play Kafka and I by the Bangkok University Theatre Company. Other groups that take part in the festival include India’s Natak Company, Chance Company from Poland, and others.
Ivan Hašek on Sunday stepped down as the head of the Czech football association, halfway through his four-year term. In a surprising move, Mr Hašek told the delegates of the FA’s general assembly in Prague he considered his mission to be completed, and that he would return as head coach to the Al Ahli football club in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Hašek was elected the head of the Czech FA two years ago amidst hopes he would clear the football-governing body of corruption allegations. The association will elect its new head within three months' time.
At its general assembly in Prague on Sunday, the association also formally changed its name. Its new official name is the Football Association of the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s under-17 national football team lost 2:1 to Uzbekistan at the world championships in Mexico on Saturday, and was knocked out of the tournament. The Czech went ahead in the 23rd minute when Lukáš Juliš converted a penalty. But the Uzbeks equalized one minute before halftime and in the 73rd minute, the Czech defence allowed the Uzbeks an easy winning goal. The Czechs, who only scored two goals at the tournament, finished last in their group, after beating New Zealand and losing to the United States and Uzbekistan.
The Czech men’s national inline hockey team beat the United States 3:2 in the finals of the IIHF World Championships in Pardubice, eastern Bohemia, on Saturday and won the world title. The Czechs went ahead in the 8th minute but the US team, who was defending the title from the previous year, managed to equalize eight minutes later. But the hosts then scored twice and only conceded one more goal. The Czech team won gold, after two silvers and one bronze from previous tournaments, without losing a single game. Goalkeeper Roman Handl and defenseman Tomáš Demel were also named the best players of the tournament, along with forward Jose Cadiz from the US.
The start of the week will see mostly clear skies, with daytime highs ranging between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius.