Neither the Social Democrats nor Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct
Democracy would have made the five-percent threshold to reach the Czech
lower house if elections had been held last month, suggests a newly
published poll conducted for Czech Television by the Kantar CZ agency. Both
parties would have got 4.5 percent and exited the Chamber of Deputies, the
Government leaders ANO would have received the backing of 31.5 percent of respondents, ahead of the Pirates on 17 percent and the Civic Democrats on 12.5 percent.
The leading Czech cinematographer Vladimír Smutný says he is the person
who shot the only known footage of Jan Palach in his hospital bed, shortly
before his death. He made the comment in an interview for news site DVTV,
saying he had never before revealed that he was the author of the film shot
between Palach’s self-immolation in January 1969 and death several days
Mr. Smutný is a seven-time winner of the Czech Lion award and has worked on numerous well-known Czech films, including the recently released The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players made it two wins out of two with victory over hosts Finland in the Karjala Tournament on Saturday night. The Czechs sealed a 3:2 victory on penalties in that game in Helsinki. They now face Russia in a game to decide the winners of the competition, which is the first event in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
Hurdler Zuzana Hejnová has been named Czech Athlete of the Year for the
third time. The 32-year-old came fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles at the
World Athletics Championships in Doha and regularly reached the podium at
Diamond League events in 2019.
Hejnová, a two-time world champion in the past, finished ahead of javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch and shot putter Tomáš Staněk in the poll of athletics functionaries, trainers and journalists.
The authorities in Prague 3 are offering students cheap accommodation in
municipal properties in exchange for spending time with the residents of
old folks’ homes, Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. The programme comes
partly in response to the fact that student dormitories are overcrowded and
commercial rents have skyrocketed in the city.
The students are required to spend 30 hours a month with seniors under the scheme. Prague 3 deputy mayor Ondřej Rut said it should bring together the generations and offer both fresh perspectives.
Impoverished Czechs receiving benefits referred to as the living minimum
and the existential minimum could receive an additional 13 percent next
year, the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, told
The Social Democrat minister has proposed such an increase in view of the fact both minimums have been at the same level for eight years while inflation has increased by 13 percent during that time.
Government leaders ANO say they are not against such an increase. However, they have made agreement conditional on a revision in other benefits.
All of the Czech Republic’s Roman Catholic bishops, the country’s
foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček, a group of senators and over 2,000
pilgrims are set to take part in a three-day pilgrimage to Rome that will
culminate on Tuesday. The pilgrims will be marking the 30th anniversary of
the canonisation of Saint Agnes of Bohemia by Pope John Paul II on 12
November 1989; it was also attended by many Czechs and is considered a
significant moment in the final days of the Communist regime.
During an audience on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Wednesday the pilgrims will present a gift to Pope Francis in the form of the Crown of St. Agnes of Bohemia, a piece by sculptor Daniel Ignác Trubač.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, was among a number of international
leaders to visit Berlin on Saturday for events marking the 30th anniversary
of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Mr. Zeman and the heads of the three other
Visegrad Four states attended a gathering in the city held at a monument to
the contribution that the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary made
to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Their German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that without the courage of the Poles, Hungarians, Czechs and Slovaks peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe, or the reunification of Germany, would not have been possible.
In her address Chancellor Angela Merkel quoted Václav Havel and said that no wall that divided people was high enough or long enough not to be destroyed in the end.
Mr. Zeman then returned to the Czech Republic. The country’s minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, was due to attend celebrations in the German capital in the evening.
The first snow of this winter in the Czech Republic fell around the village
of Kvilda in the Šumava mountain range in the southwest of the country on
Friday night, iDnes.cz reported.
Forecasters said that snow showers could fall in areas higher than 900 metres above sea level, especially in Bohemia, on Saturday. They said there was also a danger of glaze on roads in some upland places, with temperatures set to fall below freezing point at night.