Public support for Czech membership in the EU is almost back to its
old-time high, with 53 percent of Czechs now saying they support the
country’s membership in the EU.
During the past seven years trust in the EU was deeply undermined by the financial and migrant crisis with support figures sliding from 59 percent to 38 percent in 2016.
The strongest degree of support for EU membership is among the young generation where it is now at 63 percent.
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival will screen the film Oratorium for Prague by
Jan Němec on Monday, a unique document of the Soviet-led invasion of
Czechoslovakia in 1968, which will have its Czech premiere in Karlovy Vary.
The documentary was initially meant to be about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia but unexpectedly became a record of the invasion, documenting the entry of Russian tanks into Prague.
The only film footage of the Soviet invasion, it was smuggled out of the country and shown by TV stations abroad.
Most Czechs are accepting of the newly-appointed minority government of ANO
and the Social Democrats, according to the outcome of a poll conducted by
the Kantar TNS agency.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents said the government was not ideal, but they had nothing against it. Twenty-eight percent found it unacceptable.
Asked whether they minded the fact that the government had to rely of the Communist Party for support, 49 percent of respondents said they did not, 42 percent expressed reservations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that no agreement was reached
with the Czech Republic and Hungary on negotiating a deal that the two
countries would take back asylum seekers from Germany. Merkel said she
regretted the confusion that had arisen regarding possible future
negotiations on the issue.
Both the Czech Republic and Hungary heatedly denied media reports that they were open to talks on such an agreement. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said Chancellor Merkel had not brought up the subject and he would, in any case, never consent to an agreement that would mean accepting any number of illegal refugees.
Under the EU’s Dublin convention asylum seekers must lodge their requests in the first EU country they set foot in.
The 16th all-Sokol slet (gathering) began in Prague on Sunday with a parade
bringing together more than 15,000 members from the Czech physical fitness
organisation the world over.
The gathering, held to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia will include numerous events, calisthenics performances, exhibitions and a performance at the National Theatre in Prague. It will run until July 6th.
Sokol (falcon) was founded in 1862 to promote an active way of life, exercise and fair play as well as a commitment to values such as democracy and humanism. It survived adverse historical periods such as the two world wars and communism and the gatherings in Prague now take place every six years. -
The American rock band Pearl Jam will perform at Prague’s O2 Arena on
Sunday night.The concert is part of the group's European summer tour.
The band which boasts over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has performed in Prague on five previous occasions, most recently in 2012.
Kvitová is back as the Czech top seed on the WTA ladder. Kvitová now
ranks seventh place where she replaced Karolína Plíšková after the
latter crashed out of Eastbourne. Plíšsková dropped to eighth place.
Kvitová has claimed five titles in 2018, two on hard courts, two on clay and one on grass, in Birmingham last weekend.
Žatec, a hop-growing town in North Bohemia, has failed to get on the list
of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has been encouraged by the
respective committee assessing nominations to try again and broaden the
arguments in favour of its nomination.
The candidacy was submitted in January of last year and based on the town’s specialization in processing of hops.
The Czech Republic has 12 listings on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among them the historic centre of Prague, Telč, Český Krumlov,Litomyšl Castle, the Villa Tugenhadt in Brno and most recently, in 2003, the Jewish Quarter in Třebíč.
A puma which escaped from a small zoo on Prague’s western suburbs has
been captured, the local authorities reported Sunday.
The animal, which is reported to be in good condition, was captured in the early hours of the morning in a wooded area.
The puma escaped from its enclosure on Thursday and police had warned local inhabitants to be on their guard.