Italian football club Roma and Sampdoria have reached a deal over Czech
striker Patrik Schick, the Czech News Agency reported Monday citing the
Italian news agency ANSA. The 21-year-old player, who was long sought by
Juventus before a minor heart issue during the summer, since resolved, will
first be loaned for six million euros with an obligation to buy by the end
of the season for an additional 30 million euros plus bonuses.
Schick will be Roma’s most expensive acquisition in the club’s history, ČTK reported, and the second-most expensive Czech player in the history of the game after Pavel Nedvěd, who was bought by Juventus from Lazio for roughly 41 million euros in 2001 (approximately 50 million adjusted).
The teachers’ unions have said they do not want to threaten strike action
as long as negotiations continue. Instead, representatives will repeat
their demands at a demonstration planned at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel on
the first day of the academic year, September 1.
Union and university representatives outlined the situation at a press conference Monday; the unions are seeking a pay rise of 15 percent for teachers and 10 percent for non-teaching staff. University representatives are seeking a 4.5 billion crown increase in the annual budget compared to last year.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has said the Czech Republic should be
able to present its interests in the EU in a manner that would not hurt the
EU and stressed the country needed to take a straight-forward approach but
also to look for compromise solutions in order to contribute positively to
central Europe and the European Union as a whole.
The foreign minister made the statement at a meeting of diplomats in Prague on Monday; the prime minister spoke earlier. In his address, the foreign minister drew differences between 2016 and this year, namely Brexit and populist sentiments to leave the EU. He rated as positive Austrian and Dutch election results but made clear the departure by Great Britain would have a major impact - all the more reason for remaining members to address issues such as further integration.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has described ongoing strategic
dialogue between the Czech Republic and Germany as a key tool for good
relations in central Europe, only then mentioning cooperation between
countries in the Visegrad 4 (which include Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary).
Mr Sobotka made the statement at a meeting of Czech diplomats, in which he
outlined key areas in Czech foreign policy and Czech interests.
The prime minister proposed that countries in the EU who have not yet adopted the euro, could gain observer status during meetings between Eurozone finance ministers. Besides maintaining strong ties with Germany, the prime minister also made clear he wanted to intensify cooperation with France.
A villa designed by prominent Viennese architect Armand Weiser,
commissioned by Jewish factory owner Fritz Weinberger in the South Moravian
town of Znojmo in the late 1920s, has been recognised by the Czech Culture
Ministry as a cultural heritage site. Armand Weiser was a key proponent of
modern Austrian architecture.
The Weinberger family founded what became a prosperous leather manufacturing company in the 1880s and ran the firm until the German occupation ahead of WWII, when part of Czechoslovakia was replaced by the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Ample Strike 2017, annual military exercises hosted by the Czech Republic,
got underway on Monday in designated areas across the country. This year,
more than 1,300 soldiers from 18 different armies are taking part.
The exercises include participation by pilots of some 40 planes and helicopters. The primary aim of the air-land integration exercise is to harmonize cooperation between air controllers, aircraft crews and commanders of ground forces.
The former governor of South Bohemia, Jiří Zimola, has taken up a
teaching post at the Institute of Technology and Business in České
Budějovice his former office announced in a press release on Monday.
Mr Zimola, a town councillor in Nová Bystřice, stepped down as regional governor in April following questionable business dealings. The representative said he was returning to teaching after 20 years. Previously, he taught at elementary school.
Renovation work has begun on the Prague Metro station Skalka on the A or
green line. Builders are set to repair water damage, clean tiles and
replace the lights in the station at a cost of around CZK 135 million. The
work will not interrupt services at the Prague 10 station.
The Skalka station was opened in 1990, 12 years after the initial part of the A line went into operation.
A new anonymously released recording appears to show ANO chief Andrej
Babiš saying “his people” had put pressure on a company that ended up
in bankruptcy. On the tape a voice resembling that of Mr. Babiš says that
the Financial Administration (tax authority) had taken action against a
company named FAU that owned a fuel depot on the grounds of Precheza, a
firm owned by Agrofert, which at the time belonged to Mr. Babiš.
Hospodářské noviny wrote last week that Prechaza wanted to buy the depot
but FAU refused to sell.
Mr. Babiš was minister of finance so had ultimate authority over the Financial Administration when it took action against FAU in a move later ruled unlawful by a court. The politician told Czech Radio on Sunday that the tape was “manipulation”.
Previous leaked recordings of the ANO leader released by the same anonymous source appeared to show him overseeing the release of information damaging to his political rivals via a newspaper he owned. Mr. Babiš described them as fake.