News Czech totalitarian study institute quits Europe-wide network

26-02-2014 16:02 | Jan Richter

The Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has quit a European network of similar organizations, a spokesman for the institute said on Wednesday. The Czech agency, which among other things administers the files of the former communist secret police, left the Platform of European Memory and Conscience over a dispute about whether or not it employs former communist officials. The European platform in January suspended the membership of the Czech institute which was one of its founding members.

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Poll: ANO would come first in elections on 28.5 percent

27-09-2016 15:21 | Ian Willoughby

ANO would come first with 28.5 percent support, suggests a new opinion poll published by the CVVM agency on Tuesday. The party’s coalition partners the Social Democrats would place second on 23 percent, the survey conducted this month indicates. The Communists would be the choice of 15 percent of respondents, ahead of the Civic Democrats with 9.5 percent backing and the Christian Democrats and TOP 09, who would tie on 6.5 percent, according to the CVVM poll. 

Jarolím picks young striker Schick for World Cup qualifiers

27-09-2016 14:11 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech football manager Karel Jarolím has picked 20-year-old Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against German and Azerbaijan. Schick has made just one appearance for the senior international side. Meanwhile midfielder Milan Petržela and centre back Tomáš Sivok have returned to the Czech squad. The Czechs – who drew in their opening qualifier against Northern Ireland in Prague – face Germany away on October 8 and Azerbaijan at home three days later. 

Ice hockey coach Růžička fined for embezzling from club

27-09-2016 12:21 | Ian Willoughby

Ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička has received a fine of CZK 400,000 after being found guilty of embezzling CZK 500,000 intended for his then club Slavia Prague. If Růžička, who denies any wrongdoing, fails to pay the fine he will face 16 months in prison. The verdict may be appealed. As a player Růžička was part of the Czech team that won gold in the Olympics while as a trainer he has led the national side and spent nearly 15 years at Slavia. 

Red boxers protest case set to return to court

27-09-2016 11:58 | Ian Willoughby

A case involving the hoisting of a giant pair of red boxer shorts over Prague Castle is set to return to the Prague 1 District Court, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. An appeals court upheld an action taken by the state attorney’s office against a previous ruling by the District Court dismissing the case. Three members of the art group Ztohoven are accused of disorderly conduct, criminal damage and theft for illicitly removing the presidential flag above Prague Castle and replacing it with the red shorts last September in protest at the policies of President Miloš Zeman. 

Series of events to mark 80th anniversary of Havel’s birth

27-09-2016 10:52 | Ian Willoughby

A number of events are being planned to mark what would have been the 80th birthday of Václav Havel. On the actual anniversary of the late playwright and president’s birth on October 5 a gathering is set to take place on Prague’s Wenceslas Square, while 80 figures from public life and the arts world are set to appear on four stages at the city’s Lucerna Palace on October 15. Meanwhile the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in the US will present Burmese writer Ma Thida with its first annual Disturbing the Peace Award at the Bohemian National Hall in New York on Wednesday. 

Schwarzenberg likely to head TOP 09 ticket in Prague in 2017 elections

27-09-2016 10:51 | Ian Willoughby

Karel Schwarzenberg says it is highly likely he will stand for election to the Chamber of Deputies as the electoral leader of TOP 09 in Prague next year, iHned.cz reported. Mr. Schwarzenberg, who turns 80 next year, previously led the party and is its honorary chairman. He said he would not stand for president in elections in early 2018, saying he had lost once – to incumbent Miloš Zeman – and that was the end for him. TOP 09 chairman Miroslav Kalousek said the Schwarzenberg noble family had been serving the country for 700 years and his party colleague was continuing that tradition. 

Training session underway on Czech-Slovak border

27-09-2016 10:09 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Republic and Slovakia are holding a joint training session on their common border to test coordination and communication in the event of the need to renew border checks due to the migrant crisis. Over 300 police officers, 140 soldiers and 30 customs officers have been stationed along a 250km stretch of the border and are conducting random checks of vehicles and people. The operation, which affects 11 border crossings, is to last for 24 hours. Similar training sessions are due to take place on the country’s borders with Austria and Germany. 

Slav Epic to be shown in Japan and China

27-09-2016 09:52 | Daniela Lazarová

The Slav Epic cycle of paintings by Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha will be displayed in Tokyo as of March 2017 within events marking the Year of Czech Culture held in Japan on the 60th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In mid-2017 the collection of 20 paintings will move to China where it will be shown in three prominent museums in the course of the next twelve months. According to Prague Gallery director Magdalena Juříková the loan contracts should be signed within a few months. The Gallery must also acquire an export permit for cultural heritage items issued by the Czech Culture Ministry. Art experts have warned that the Asian tour presents a high risk the paintings could be damaged not just by transport and handling but due to the high temperatures and humidity in this part of the world. 

AAU receives accreditation from WASCUC

26-09-2016 18:06 | Daniela Lazarová

The Anglo-American University in Prague has received accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States, a university representative told the ctk news agency on Monday. The accreditation is valid for a period of six years with a mid-cycle review due to take place in the spring of 2019. The accreditation is a guarantee of compatibility with US educational standards and simplifies the transferability of credits and recognition of AAU diplomas in the USA. 

Czech and Slovak prime ministers say EU must hold common line in Brexit talks

26-09-2016 17:56 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech and Slovak prime ministers have stressed the need for the EU to show unity in the Brexit talks. Speaking in Bratislava following a joint session of the Czech and Slovak cabinets, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said it was potentially dangerous for Britain to negotiate Brexit conditions separately with selected EU members. He said Prague and Bratislava considered it unacceptable for Britain to be granted full access to the EU market while restricting movement of labour on its own territory. The Slovak prime minister, Robert Fico, also stressed the importance of the EU holding a common line in talks with Britain. 

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