The ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would win elections to the
lower house of Parliament with 32.5 percent of the vote, down by 1.5
percentage point since April, according to the results of an opinion poll
conducted by the STEM agency, published on Wednesday.
The Pirate Party is up by 4.5 percentage points since the last STEM survey
with 15.6 percent of the vote, closely followed by the centre-right Civic
Democrats, with 13.1 percent.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy Party finished in the fourth place, followed by the Communist Party, the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has welcomed the outcome of the EU summit and
the compromise choice of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the nominee
for European Commission president.
Following three days of tortuous negotiations in Brussels, in which the Visegrad Four states fiercely opposed the nomination of the EC’s first vice president and the European Socialists Spitzenkandidat Franz Timmermans, Prime Minister Babiš said that he appreciated the compromise solution reached and the fact that the choice of candidates for key posts had received close to unanimous support.
The Czech Prime Minister said Ursula von der Leyen was an experienced conservative politician who understood Central Europe and the Visegrad region which would facilitate future negotiations. He said he hoped her nomination would be confirmed by the European Parliament and that Czech MEPs would support her.
Five Czech universities have founded a new Association of Research
Universities. The aim is to share research infrastructure and take part in
more international scientific projects.
The founding members are Charles University, Czech Technical University and the Institute of Chemical Technology, all based in Prague, along with Masaryk University in Brno and Palacký University in Olomouc.
They hope to improve the position of Czech universities in international competition and change how they are financed.
A meeting between Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Deputy Prime Minister Jan
Hamáček and President Miloš Zeman to try to resolve a dispute that could
bring down the government has had to be rescheduled due to the protracted
EU summit. According to the Office of the President, the meeting which was
originally scheduled for Tuesday evening is likely to take place on
Jan Hamáček, leader of the Social Democrats, has threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition unless the president complies with his party’s request to remove Antonín Staněk from the post of culture minister and replace him with the party’s nominee Michael Šmarda.
The president has so far refused to do so, despite the fact that the prime minister officially requested the culture minister’s dismissal a month ago. According to the Czech Constitution the president is bound to comply with the prime minister’s request.
Prime Minister Babiš said on Tuesday he would seek to reach a compromise in the dispute in order to preserve the ruling coalition. Unlike the Social Democrats he is against taking legal action against the president.
A scientific satellite developed by researchers from the Czech Technical
University in Prague will be launched into space on Friday.
The satellite, named Lucky –7, will be on board a Russian Soyuz rocket, launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
The satellite should enable verification of the latest scientific knowledge on the construction of electronic systems and the radio communication of space probes for space exploration.
It was developed as a private project, without state support.
The Czech aviation authorities have revoked an earlier decision to withdraw
flight permits to the Czech Republic for at least three Russian airline
companies including the flagship carrier Aeroflot.
The decision, which resulted in the cancellation of several flights from Moscow and Yekaterinburg to Prague and Karlovy Vary was reportedly made in retaliation for Russia’s decision to severely limit the number of Czech flights over Siberia, affecting regular flights between Prague and Seoul.
The Czech Transport Ministry said on Tuesday that all flight permits would remain valid until the end of this week by when the two sides hope to resolve the route dispute.
The Visegrad Four states comprising the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
and Hungary still oppose Frans Timmermans as the next European Commission
president, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters ahead of a
third day of EU talks in Brussels on Tuesday.
Babiš repeated the reservations of the V4 states with regard to Timmermans, citing his stand on migration, and saying that his election would only result in deepening divisions in the EU.
The V4 states did not propose their own candidate but said they would favour someone who understands the specifics of the Visegrad region.
EU leaders went back to the negotiating table close to midday on Tuesday after an 18-hour marathon the previous day failed to break the deadlock in talks.
Severe storms left 66,000 homes in the Czech Republic at least temporarily
without power on Monday evening. The regions reporting the most outages
were Zlín and South Bohemia.
As of Tuesday morning, 33 high voltage faults and nearly 180 low voltage faults were yet to be repaired throughout the country.
Thunderstorms in the regions of Olomouc and Vysočina were accompanied by hail. Meteorologists said the largest hailstones, measuring some seven centimetres in diameter, fell outside Dobříš, Central Bohemia.