Government leaders ANO would have come first in elections at the turn of
February and March with 33 percent support, suggests a poll carried out by
the Kantar CZ agency for Czech Television. The Czech Pirate Party would
have come second on 19 percent, ahead of the Civic Democrats on 13.5
percent, the survey indicates.
The poll puts the Social Democrats, the junior partner in the governing coalition, on 6.5 percent, half a percentage point ahead of the Communists.
Some 5.5 percent of respondents said they would have cast their ballots from Freedom and Direct Democracy, while 5 percent would have done so for the Christian Democrats.
Neither TOP 09 or the Mayors and Independents would make the 5 percent threshold, the survey indicates.
The Czech Republic will play a major role in the transport of Russian
natural gas via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Czech News Agency said on
Sunday. The great majority of the gas it will carry from the Baltic Sea in
Russia to Germany will pass through Czech territory, it said.
A deputy minister of industry and trade, René Neděla, said that the EUR 3 billion project would have a positive impact on the Czech gas industry.
There is some political opposition to Nord 2, which is seen as boosting Russia’s influence, with European Council President Donald Tusk describing it as a mistake that will not best serve European interests.
The police on Thursday arrested a Latvian man who was found to have 13
refugees from Iraq in the back of a van he was driving, Czech Television
reported on Sunday. The driver, who is 35, has been remanded in custody in
Brno after being picked up on the D1 motorway in the Vysočina region.
The group of refugees included children. Some of the migrants were handed over to the Slovak authorities on Saturday while the rest are being held at a detention centre in the Czech Republic. The police said they had been picked up in Romania and were bound for the UK.
New legislation will bar healers and alternative medicine practitioners who
do not have clean criminal records, Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. The
condition already applies to regular doctors. A law on healing services
drafted by the Ministry of Health is now set to go through the legislative
Healers who are already working will be required to register again in order to get a license. This will be denied to those who have been sentenced to a year in prison or have been found guilty of crimes injurious to life or health. A national register of healers will also be created.
A relatively warm winter meant most Czech heating plants produced less heat
year on year, according to the Association for District Heating. In
consequence many consumers will have made savings on their heating bills. A
number of heating plants have described the winter just ended as the worst
in some years, the Czech News Agency said.
The head of the Association for District Heating said many households could expect rebates on heating payments once yearly consumption was calculated.
Kometa Brno will not be able to lift the Czech ice hockey Extraliga title
for the third time in succession after being knocked out in the playoff
semi-finals. They lost 3:1 to Liberec on Saturday to give their opponents a
4:2 victory in the best-of-seven series.
The other semi-final will conclude on Monday evening after a victory for Plzeň made it 3:3 on games between them and Třinec.
Swimmer Simona Kubová has become the first Czech to make the cut for the
2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after she won the 100 metres backstroke at an
event in Eindhoven in a time of 59.66 seconds on Saturday. Kubová also
reached the limit required for this year’s swimming world championship in
The 27-year-old’s time on Saturday was just a tenth of a second outside her own Czech record, which she set two years ago under her maiden name Baumrtová.
Vít Rakušan, the mayor of Kolín, has been elected leader of the Mayors
and Independents, the smallest party in the Czech lower house, at a
congress in Prague. He was the only candidate for the post and replaces
outgoing chairman Petr Gazdík.
Mr. Rakušan says he aims to not only help the Mayors and Independents remain in the Chamber of Deputies but to take at least 10 percent of the vote.
He says if the party play a role in the next Czech government they will push for reform of education, the social system and the public administration.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is considering creating the new position of
vice prime minister for the economy. He revealed the idea in an interview
in Saturday’s edition of Lidové noviny. Mr. Babiš also said he planned
to keep the number of ministers in his cabinet the same but wanted to
introduce a third deputy PM. This could be Karel Havlíček, the future
minister of industry and trade, the newspaper wrote.
Also set to join the ANO-Social Democrats front bench is Vladimír Kremlík, who will take the transport portfolio.
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