Six in 10 Czechs do not trust the country’s prime minister, Andrej
Babiš, suggests a poll conducted by the Kantar CZ agency for Czech
Television published on Sunday. The survey indicates that 37 percent of
Czechs do trust the ANO chief.
The poll also suggests that most Czechs were not in favour of President Miloš Zeman’s pledge to give Andrej Babiš another chance to form a government if he lost a no-confidence vote tabled by the opposition. In any event, Mr. Babiš’s cabinet survived Friday’s vote.
The Czech Republic’s Lukáš Krpálek has taken the silver medal in
judo’s Grand Slam tournament in Osaka, Japan. The 28-year-old was beaten
in Sunday’s final of the 100 kilograms and over category by Henk Grol of
It is the sixth prize of 2018 for Krpálek, who is the most successful Czech practitioner of judo of all time and earned the country’s only gold medal at the last Olympics.
A new altar at Prague’s 1930s Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord
has been blessed. The altar, designed by architects Josef Pleskot and
Norbert Schmidt, was consecrated by Bishop Zdenek Wasserbaur during a
ceremony on Saturday evening.
The Roman Catholic church, which is located in the Vinohrady district, was designed by Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who was also responsible for a number of other significant projects in Prague.
Czech pilots who have been training Iraqis in flying Czech-made L-159 jets
will complete their mission in February, Czech Television reported on
Sunday. The Czech experts have been sharing their expertise with local
aviators in Iraq for over two years.
Czech ground staff will remain in the country. The chief engineer on the Czech team told Czech Television that while high temperatures and dust levels were problematic the lack of humidity in Iraq was a major boon.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, discussed the UK’s exit from the
European Union, Austria’s presidency of the EU and bilateral relations
with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, in Vienna on Saturday
evening. Austria’s finance minister, Hartwig Löger, and speaker of
parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, also attended the meeting.
Mr. Babiš was in Vienna for a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra marking the recent centenary of Czech statehood.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, begins a four-day state visit to Israel
on Sunday. While in the country Mr. Zeman will become the first Czech
statesman to speak at a session of the Knesset. He will also open a Czech
House in Jerusalem housing a Czech Centre and the offices of CzechTrade,
CzechInvest and CzechTourism. Mr. Zeman says he regards that move as a
precursor to transferring the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an
idea to which the Czech government has not given its backing.
The Czech head of state will meet his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, and the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Zeman will be accompanied by around 70 Czech business people and representatives of scientific institutions.
Up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow could fall in South Bohemia, Vysočina
and north-eastern parts of the Czech Republic on Monday, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute has warned. Most of the snow will be in
highland areas but it will also be seen in some low-lying parts.
According to a regular four-week forecast issued on Saturday, temperatures in the coming week should hover just above 0 degrees Celsius during the day. While those values will be below average, the following weeks are expected to see average daytime highs for the time of year. Precipitation will also be around average for most of the coming month, forecasters predict.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has described
Russia as “dangerous”. In an interview with Czech Radio, Mr.
Petříček said Moscow was increasingly assertive and represented a danger
as it was spreading disinformation and employing various hybrid threats.
The minister, who was appointed last month, said Russia was a genuine risk to the Czech Republic and other European Union states, adding that reports of the threat posed by Moscow from the Czech intelligence service ought to be taken very seriously.
Mr. Petříček said the Czech Republic should not “wait with its hands on its lap” but should tackle such threats more effectively. He said it was necessary to boost strategic communication and the combating of disinformation within the framework of the EU.
The chairman of the opposition Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, says Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš has so many personal and family problems that he is
unable to concentrate on serving the country. He told Saturday’s edition
of newspaper Právo that recent events mean that the Czech Republic has
moved a step closer to early elections.
The Civic Democrats were one of a number of opposition parties that tabled a no-confidence vote in the ANO-led government after Mr. Babiš’s son sparked a scandal by saying he had been taken to Crimea to “disappear” during an investigation involving the PM and alleged corruption.
Mr. Fiala told Právo the defeat of the no-confidence vote had not been a foregone conclusion. He said the junior party in the coalition, the Social Democrats, had displayed cowardice by not taking part in the show of hands.
The Social Democrats have also pledged to work to dissolve the lower house in certain circumstances and this is reason to believe the current government cannot last much longer, Mr. Fiala said.