Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Politics | ČTK

Former Czech Science Academy head Jiří Drahoš, 68, announced yesterday he will be running for president in the direct election next January, Jakub Kleindienst, head of Drahoš's election team, confirmed for ČTK the information carried by server Aktualne.cz.

Politics | ČTK

The Visegrad Four (V4) countries, or the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, want to have the biggest possible influence on the mandate of the Brexit negotiators so that it also take Central European interests into account, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is waging a silent war with the Czech Republic as Czech politicians are critical of him and this is also why his participation in a Prague conference on the EU's common defence will only be formal, Lidové noviny (LN) reported yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Republic supports the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans, President Miloš Zeman said on a visit to Zagreb yesterday, but added that he believes the integration should not include Kosovo.

Politics | ČTK

ANO leader Andrej Babiš is courting the Czech opposition Mayors and Independents (STAN) movement, but its nascent election coalition with the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) might reject cooperation with him eventually, Lukáš Jelínek writes in daily Právo yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

The chairmen of most Czech parliamentary parties have welcomed yesterday's decision by Jiří Drahoš, 68, former Czech Science Academy chairman, to run for president in the direct election next January.

Politics | ČTK

Former Czech Science Academy chairman Jiří Drahoš, 68, is a dignified presidential candidate, the heads of the government movement ANO and the opposition Mayors and Independents (STAN), Andrej Babisšand Petr Gazdík, respectively, agreed yesterday.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

The EU must have its own defence units to achieve strategic autonomy in tackling crises, and the Czech Republic supports the plan unless the EU defence duplicated the NATO structure, Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Šrámek said at a seminar in the Senate yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech state will spend 400 million crowns on the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishment of independent Czechoslovakia and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 2018.

News | ČTK

The Czech Technical University (CVUT) in Prague and the University of Technology (VUT) in Brno along with two partners from Germany have received a 400,000-euro EU subsidy for the development of a Czech-German research centre.

National | ČTK

Three-fifths of Czechs are satisfied with the functioning of democracy in the Czech Republic, the highest figure since the affairs started to be watched in 2004, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM institute in February and released yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

PM Bohuslav Sobotka does not expect Britain to introduce restrictions on immigrants from the EU member states after the official launching of the Brexit talks on Wednesday, he told reporters before a meeting with his counterparts from the Visegrad Four (V4) countries yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

A number of wealthy sponsors are ready to support the presidential candidature of Jiří Drahoš, former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV CR), dailies Právo and Lidové noviny (LN) reported yesterday, though he has not yet said whether he will really run.

Politics | ČTK

President Miloš Zeman will appoint Jiří Havlíček (Social Democrats, ČSSD) to the post of industry and trade minister next week, Havlíček told journalists after meeting Zeman yesterday.

Prague | Prague TV

The summer timetable entered into effect at Václav Havel Airport Prague began March 26, and it will run until Oct. 28.