Karolína Plískova captured the biggest clay title of her career by
beating Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final
in Rome on Sunday.
The victory will move Plískova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for the French Open, which starts next weekend. It is the thirteenth title in her career.
Civic Democratic Party leader Petr Fiala has condemned as “absolutely
unacceptable” a vicious verbal attack against President Zeman and a call
for his elimination by a regional member of the party.
The attack on Facebook was made in reaction to the president‘s support for a law taxing church restitutions.
Fiala said he expected the regional party branch to distance itself from the statement and take steps to ensure there was no repetition of the incident.
The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said the Office of the President has contacted the police about the matter.
Several hundred people, including war veterans, politicians, foreign
diplomats, church dignitaries and cultural figures gathered at Terezín
National Cemetery on Sunday to pay homage to victims of the Holocaust.
Speaker of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera warned against indifference, apathy and disinterest in public affairs, saying that these traits created conditions for authoritarian and later totalitarian regimes.
Between 1940 and 1945, close to 200,000 people, mostly Jews, passed through the Terezín ghetto on their way to Nazi extermination camps; 117,000 of them did not live to see the end of the war.
The Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi placed 11th in the Eurovision Song
Contest in Tel Aviv.
The popular band, fronted by singer-songwriter Albert Černý, competed with the song Friend of a Friend.
Lake Malawi scored 157 points from the jury and just 7 from international viewers.
The winner was Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands who got 492 points.
He scored 231 from the jury and 261 from viewers, winning the contest by 27 points.
Italy finished second with 465 and Russia third with 369 points.
Approximately 190,000 Czech pensioners are living under the poverty line,
with pensions under 10,000 crowns a month, according to data released by
the Czech Social Administration Office.
60,000 thousand pensioners are having to make do with pensions under 8,000 crowns a month.
The poverty line last year was 11,963 crowns per month for individuals living alone. This year it is expected to be higher.
The average old age pension last year was 13,377 crown a month, with men receiving an average pension of 14,697crowns a month and women receiving an average pension of 12,182 crowns a month.
Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has denied claims that he was a Cold War spy
who passed confidential government files to Communist Czechoslovakia in the
The Mail on Sunday reported that there is extensive evidence of this cooperation in files compiled by the stb communist secret service and now administered by the Czech Republic's state security archives.
The files allege scores of meetings with a Czech "handler" between 1966 and 1969. They centre on information about Britain's nuclear deterrent, including its Polaris missile programme, and details about NATO.
Last year the Labour Party denied claims that Jeremy Corbyn had either been a collaborator or an agent of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
A mass in memory of Cardinal Josef Beran was celebrated at St.Vitus
Cathedral on Saturday on the 50th anniversary of his death and the
repatriation of his remains from the Vatican last year. The mass was
celebrated by Prague Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka.
Cardinal Beran was a symbol of opposition to the Nazi and Communist regimes. When Pope Paul VI named Beran a cardinal, the communist authorities let him go to the ceremony in Rome but would not allow him to come home.
When he died on May 17, 1969, in enforced exile, the Pope had him buried in St Peter's Basilica, reserved almost exclusively for popes.
In January 2018, Pope Francis approved the repatriation of his remains and his final resting place is in the chapel of St. Agnes of Bohemia.
Czech Radio opened its doors to the public on Saturday on the occasion of
its 96th birthday.
Visitors to the station’s main headquarters at Vinohradska 12 were given a tour of the building, shown the newsroom and met their favourite radio personalities. The birthday celebration traditionally included an open air event and concert at the nearby Riegrovy sady.
Czechoslovak Radio broadcasts began on May 18th 1923, from a military tent in Prague-Kbely, making Czechoslovakia the second European country after the UK to have regular radio broadcasting.
Swiss police are reported to have detained Petr Kraus, a former manager in
the MUS coal mining company, whom a Swiss court sentenced to 16 months in
jail in 2013 for siphoning off money from MUS which he and four other
managers deposited in Swiss banks.
Kraus, who was arrested at Geneva airport, is reported to have been taken to the Fribourg jailhouse to serve his sentence. He is currently also being tried in the Czech Republic in connection with the same case.