Czech weekly Respekt has refused to apologize to author Milan Kundera for publishing allegations he once informed on a Western spy.
The Liberec town hall has to figure out who is going to operate the Ještěd and Vesec ski resorts after the February world cup in cross-country skiing. The resorts, which the state rewarded with a CZK 1.1 billion investment in preparation for the championship, are no longer considered a lucrative investment. The company Snowhill, which is scheduled to take over the resorts’ management after the ski championship, is seeking new terms for the contract, according to Liberec Town Hall. “The events came in reaction to changes in Snowhill ownership. I don’t want to make early judgments, as negotiations haven’t finished and there are still a few options left. But it can’t be ruled out that Snowhill will leave both ski
Czech Facebook users target ČSSD politicians. (ČTK) The group ADIOS, Antioranžovočervení diletantsky intuitivně operující sabotéři (Anti-orange-red saboteurs operating intuitively in a dilettantish manner) do not rack their brain over political correctness. The group unites those “who wept or drank all night over the results of the elections and who openly avow that there has been enough of populism and demagogy, we know from whom, and who do not mind paying thirty crowns for a doctor’s appointment and love only small cats”.* In the virtual space, the group’s original manifesto reacts to the results of the recent elections. While in the real world ČSSD [whose party colour is orange] won the voters’ favour, the situation on the networking site Facebook.com is
US Missile Defense Agency head Henry Obering said Friday that a refusal by the Czech parliament to host a US missile defense radar would be a serious setback but that the US has a backup plan.
Marta Procházková, a 63-year-old woman, spent three weeks in two Czech hospitals. She went through four different departments and she met with unwillingness and the arrogance of nurses in all of them. Unlike other people, she made notes of what they said, which she later gave to the online daily Týden.cz. The nurses’ directors object: They say they only receive thank you letters. Marta Procházková from Selenice in the Nymburk region had a conflict with the staff already on the first day of her stay at the department of internal medicine in Městec Králové hospital in central Bohemia. She asked one of the nurses, if she could put a new role of toilet paper in the bathroom. “She [the nurse]
Over 1,000 qualified non-EU workers have moved to the Czech Republic through a government programme launched in 2003. Typical participants are scientists, IT experts and technicians from countries including Bosnia, India, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine.
CET 21, the company that runs Czech commercial TV station Nova, will have to pay a hefty penalty for airing footage including abusive language, alcohol consumption and rude behaviour in an episode of Big Brother.
On Monday, the weekly Respekt published a long article by Adam Hradilek, a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, and journalist Petr Třešňák, accusing Czech writer Milan Kundera of reporting Miroslav Dvořáček, a young aviation student who deserted the army and escaped to Germany in February 1949. Dvořáček then became an agent for the Czechoslovak intelligence service supported by the US and was sent back to Czechoslovakia on a mission in December 1949 and again in March 1950. He met his friend, student Iva Militká in Prague, and she let him store his suitcase in her student dorm room and promised to put him up for the night. A state police report from 14 March 1950
Charles University and the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) are the only two Czech universities which have ranked among 500 best universities in the world this year. The international ranking THES (Times Higher Education Supplement) of the British daily The Times, which has evaluated over 600 universities from all over the globe, ranks the oldest Czech university traditionally among 300 best schools, at 261st position. The school has climbed by 30 positions since last year. ČVUT occupies the 414th position on the scale. “We have been cooperating with the evaluators from the Times since last year. We were therefore very pleased that we ranked at such a good position this year and that in a global competition we are on par
The Czech cabinet on Monday lost its chateau in Koloděje, a place where a number of important decisions in Czech history took place after the Velvet Revolution. Prague Municipal Court ruled after 17 years of dispute that the state confiscation of the castle in 1947, based on the Beneš decrees, was illegal. And so the castle needs to be returned to the family of Kumpera that bought it from state in 1937. The new owner of the castle, Vítězslav Kumpera, proved that his ancestor and last castle owner Antonín Kumpera was neither a traitor nor a collaborator and that he received confirmation of national credibility already in 1945. That is the reason why Beneš decrees were not applicable in his