The Civic Democrats are now polling ahead of the Pirate Party and would
finish second if parliamentary elections were held in January, according to
the Median agency.
The ANO party of PM Andrej Babiš retains a commanding lead in the polls, and would capture 30 percent of the vote, the agency says. The Civic Democrats would gain 14 percent of the vote and the Pirates 11.5 percent.
That represents a 1.5 percentage point rise in support for the Civic Democrats since November and a 1 pp drop for the Pirates, according to Median’s projections.
The Communists would place fourth (at 8 percent), the Freedom and Direct Democracy fifth (at 7.5 percent), the Social Democrats sixth (at 7 percent), the Independents and Mayors seventh (at 6 percent), and the Christian Democrats eighth (at 5 percent).
TOP 09 (at 4.5 percent) would fall 0.5 pp shy of the threshold to enter parliament. The Greens and new Tricolour party are both polling at 2 percent.
Prague police are searching for an unidentified man who has been cutting
locks of hair from unsuspecting women as they ride city trams.
There have been five reported cases so far. One victim said she felt a man touching her hair as she rode a tram in Prague 1 heading towards Újezd on February 10.
She later discovered a lock of hair had been cut and filed a complaint. Police have published a photo of a suspect after reviewing CCTV footage.
Football club Sparta Prague announced on Tuesday morning that they have
sacked coach Václav Jílek. He has been replaced by Václav Kotal, who
previously led the club’s reserve team.
Jílek, 43, was less than nine months into a three-year contract with Sparta, historically the most successful in the country. His sacking came three days after the team suffered a defeat (0-2) at home against Slovan Liberec.
Sparta are currently in fifth place, and trailing 21 points behind league leader, Slavia Prague, their biggest rival. They have not won a title since taking the double championship in 2014.
Czech doctors prescribed antidepressants for roughly 600,000 patients last
year, three times as many as in 2012, according to the national Association
of Health Insurance Companies.
According to the association, one in five Czechs experience some form of mental illness, including mild forms such as stress and anxiety, but only half seek professional care.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) was in the Estonian capital on
Tuesday for an official visit at which he discussed a host of European and
bilateral issues with his counterpart, Jüri Ratas, and other government
Topping the agenda was the post-Brexit EU budget, which plans on cutting cohesion policy funding in 2021 to 2027, which would negatively impact both the Czech and Estonian economies.
Mr Babiš also visited NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He announced on Tuesday that Prague will host another international conference on cyber security in May.
The house martin has been named ‘Bird of the Year’ by the Czech
Ornithological Society (ČSO). The choice aims to draw public attention to
the loss of suitable habitats for birds due to projects that limit nesting
House martins are found throughout most of Europe, especially in built-up areas near open country with low vegetation, such as pastures, meadows and farmland. They usually spend the winter in Africa.
According to scientists, intensive agricultural practices and the use of insecticides most impact their habitats.
Vets and firemen have started putting down 140,000 birds at a commercial
poultry farm in the Pardubice region.
They are working in 12-hour shifts in protective gear with the aim of concluding the clean-up by Friday when the farm will be disinfected and placed in quarantine for a fortnight.
It is the second outbreak of bird flu in the country after a three year period. Birds in private farms in the area are being tested within a three kilometre distance.
Tests at another commercial farm in the region have ruled out the H5N8 virus.
Work started on Monday aimed at erecting a replica of the Marian column
removed from Prague’s Old Town Square over a century ago, the ctk news
The sculptor who designed the new column, Petr Váňa, said archaeologists would first work on the site to unearth the original founding stone from 1650 under which he hoped to find a founding charter. The installation of the replica should be concluded by September.
The original 17th century Marian column was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by protestors in 1918, shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded. There has been heated debate over whether to replace it.
The US ambassador to Prague, Stephen King, has warned Czech deputies
against introducing a government-proposed digital tax of seven percent,
which would primarily hurt large US companies.
In a letter to the lower house, cited by the daily Hospodarske noviny, Mr. King says a 7 percent tax is discriminatory and warns that the US could effect retaliatory measures. He says it would be wiser to wait for broader regulation agreed on by the OECD.
Czech exporters also recently urged Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to reconsider the government’s proposal to introduce a digital tax. They said they feared damage to Czech-American business relations and possible retaliatory measures from the US administration.
The proposed digital tax of seven percent would apply to Internet companies in the Czech Republic with a global turnover of over 750 million euros (about 19 billion crowns), and domestic sales of at least 100 million crowns per year for taxable services.
It would hit companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. The tax, which should come into effect later this year, is expected to bring about five billion crowns a year to state coffers.
President Miloš Zeman is trusted by 51 percent of Czechs, but a January
poll conducted by CVVM indicates that many Czechs are increasingly critical
of his behaviour.
While 59 percent of respondents said they appreciated the president’s contact with the public and his awareness of people’s problems, only 41 percent said the president conducted himself with the dignity that the post requires.
56 percent of respondents said he debased the Office of the President with his behaviour. 44 percent of respondents said they are happy with the way he represents the Czech Republic abroad, 51 percent were not.