Nearly every other Czech spends their summer holidays in this country while
more than a third prefer to head to the sea, according to a June survey by
NMS Market Research.
Top domestic destinations include weekend cottages, historic castles and chateaux, and the mountains. Fewer take city trips.
Just over half of Czechs polled say they want to simply relax on holiday, while 11 percent prefer taking part in leisure time activities.
The Czech Republic's government debt rose by CZK 4.7 billion year on
year in the first quarter of 2019. The debt now stands at CZK 1.837
trillion, according to Czech Statistical Office data.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, debt increased by CZK 101.9 billion, and the debt ratio increased by 1.43 percentage points. The debt ratio is now 33.99 percent of GDP, down 1.8 percentage points in annual terms.
The Czech Republic has among the lowest debt to GDP ratio in the European Union. Only Estonia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria surpass it.
A transformer station fire on Sunday evening caused a power outage
complicating operations at the Prague metro. The Palmovka and Náměstí
Míru stations experienced service delays of up to half an hour between 9
p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The cause of the power failure was a fire at the insulator in the Teplárenská street transformer station. After disconnecting the current, firefighters extinguished the flames using foam.
Sunday was the warmest day ever recorded at Prague's Klementinum, the
oldest Czech monitoring station. The temperature reached 37.9 degrees
Celsius, the highest since measurements began in 1775.
The temperature exceeded highs recorded at the monitoring station in July 1983 and July 2013 by a tenth of a degree.
The previous record for the 30th of June at Klementinum was 35.7 degrees, set in 1950. The previous record for June was 37.5 degrees, set last Wednesday.
ArcelorMittal of India, the world’s largest steelmaker, has completed the
sale of its Czech unit in Ostrava to Liberty House.
The steelworks’ new owner, Indian billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, has pledged not to cut production or close down the plant, which employs more than 7,200 people in a region with high unemployment.
Czech union leaders had claimed that Liberty House’s plans for the developing the steelworks were unsustainable and inconsistent with EU requirements.
The union OS KOVO argues Liberty House has failed to meet EU criteria in several key requirements, among them that the buyer be independent and unconnected to the vendor and have the money and know-how to ensure the business remains viable.
Scientists warn that butterflies are disappearing form the Czech
countryside, largely as a result of intensive agriculture. For some, the
problem is as serious as climate change. Speaking to Czech Radio Plus,
biologist David Storch from he Faculty of Natural Sciences at Charles
University warned against the effects of the ongoing rapid decrease in
biomass in the Czech countryside. He cited a recent study conducted in
Germany, which found that in the past 27 years, the country's insect
population has gone down by three-quarters. He said that this is mainly due
to the destruction of their natural habitats, such as pastures and wetlands
as agricultural fields increase in size.
According to Mr. Storch, the current effects are the results of agricultural expansion which started already during the 1960s and 1970s.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said that if the Social Democratic
Party, which makes up half of the rulling government coalition with his ANO
party, were to quit, the result would be early elections. The statement was
made during a weekly political debate show on Czech Television. It comes
after a hectic week of sharp statements made by the Social Democrats and
the President, who have clashed over the latter's unwillingness to
accept the resignation of Social Democrat Culture Minister Antonín
The party's leader Jan Hamáček said that the country is on the edge of a constitutional crisis on Thursday, pointing to the fact that the constitution states the president recalls government ministers after receiving the request from the prime minister. However, the Castle points to the fact that the constitution does not state a specific deadline for the president to do so. Rumors of an increasing amount of Social Democrat politicians favouring an exit from the government has led media to speculate what the outcome of such an action could be. President Zeman said that it would merely lead to the replacement of Social Democrat ministers, with support for the government guaranteed by the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which is currently in opposition. Mr. Babiš, also said on Sunday that he does not expect the Social Democrats will leave the government.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO party, which is currently the
strongest political faction in Parliament and a member of the ruling
government coalition, is still the most popular party in the country, at
least according to a poll conducted in late June by the agency Kantar on
behalf of Czech Television. At 25.5 percent of the vote, ANO has a seven
point lead ahead of the second placed Pirate Party with 18.5 percent. The
centre-right Civic Democrats are in third place with 13 percent, followed
by the right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which the poll showed
has 8.5 percent of the potential vote. Hovering along the 5 percent
threshold needed to get into Parliament are the Social Democrats (6.5
percent), the Mayors and Independents (6 percent), the Communist Party of
Bohemia and Moravia (5.5 percent), TOP 09 (5 percent) and the Christian
Democrats (4.5 percent).
While ANO is still in the lead, the June poll shows the party's preferences registered the largest decrease since 2016. However, the party also has the most loyal voter base, with 92 percent of ANO voters saying they would vote for the party again in the next elections. Kantar also asked voters if they are happy with the current political situation in the country. Around one-third said they are, a decrease compared to previous months.
Czech world no. 3 Karloína Plíšková confirmed her excellent form on
grass this year after she beat former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber
in the Eastbourne International final 6-1 and 6-4 on Saturday. Ms.
Plíšková, who has already won three WTA titles this year, dominated the
game, achieving an early 4-0 lead in the first set and scoring twice as
many winners as unforced errors during he match.
Yet to win a grand slam, she will start this year's Wimbledon tournament against Chinese player Zhu Lin on Monday.