A majority of Czechs say they wouldn’t want to have drug addicts,
alcoholics, or individuals with criminal pasts as their neighbours,
according to a new poll by the CVVM agency conducted in the month of March.
Eighty-seven percent said they would not tolerate having drug addicts next
door, 73 percent said they couldn’t live next to an alcoholic, and 72
percent, next to someone with a criminal record.
Sixty-one percent said they would have an issue with living next to someone
with mental illness (a drop of nine percent compared to the previous
Thirty-one percent of those polled said they wouldn’t like to live next to a foreigner or someone with a different skin colour. More than 1,000 people took part in the survey.
The army, police and the judiciary are the most trusted institutions in the
country according to the outcome of a March poll conducted by the CVVM
The army is trusted by 69 percent of Czechs and the police by 66 percent and the judiciary by 56 percent.
The least trustworthy are the press, NGOs and churches, although public trust in the press has risen from 30 to 39 percent as compared to a poll conducted last October.
Forty-five percent of Czechs see the country’s economic situation in a
positive light according to the outcome of a poll conducted by the CVVM
agency. Six percent of those see it as very positive.
Sixteen percent of respondents said they were not happy with the situation. More than half of Czechs said they were happy with their own living standard.
In recent years the Czech Republic has seen steady economic growth and record-low unemployment.
The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has warned that prolonged pressure
over the matter of migrant quotas is fuelling populist forces in the Czech
Republic and could, in a worst case scenario, lead to the Czech Republic
leaving the EU.
In an interview for Die Welt the Czech prime minister said the Czech Republic was not shirking its responsibility for helping solve the migrant crisis but felt strongly that it should be resolved outside the EU, in the counties of origin.
Mr. Babiš has come under pressure from the anti-migrant Party of Freedom and Direct Democracy to agree on a bill which would enable Czechs to vote in a referendum on leaving the EU, but has resisted the pressure, saying that referenda on foreign policy issues such as this are unacceptable.
Police arrested three Turkish nationals traveling on Prague's ring
road for allegedly trying to smuggle 22 people from Iraq, Syria and Turkey
into Germany; the group was found hidden in the back of their van. The
suspects are believed to have smuggled some 100 people or so across the
border in the past.
The news was confirmed on Friday by the spokesman for the National Centre Against Organized Crime Jaroslav Ibehej. If found guilty, the trio could face up to eight years in jail.
A new poll conducted by the CVVM agency suggests that if elections were
held today they would be easily won by ANO, currently heading the outgoing
government of its ministers together with experts.
The poll, released on Monday, suggests that ANO would receive 33.5 percent – up from 30.5 last month. The Pirates would receive 13 percent, the Social Democrats 12, and the Civic Democrats 10.5. The last to get into the lower house would be the Communists and Freedom and Direct Democracy, projected at 10 percent and 6.5, respectively.
According to the survey, three parties in the current lower house would slip below the minimum five percent threshold: the Christian Democrats, TOP 09 and STAN.
EU representatives, members of the African Union and UN officials are
meeting in Brussels to discuss the possibility of increasing aid to the
Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger ) in order
to help stem the migrant crisis, fight terrorism and people smuggling.
The EU wants to raise 500 million euros for this purpose of which 414 million has already been pledged.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš said that the Czech Republic would contribute 4 million euros into the Fund for Africa this year.
The EU has two security missions in the region – one in Niger and two in Mali, in which Czech troops are involved.
The regional court in Tachov has ordered that a lorry driver and a fellow
passenger detained last Friday on the D5 highway in the Plzeň area headed
towards the border crossing with Germany, be remanded in custody.
The pair as well as a second duo in a second truck, were allegedly attempting to smuggle 35 migrants, including 11 children, across the border at Rozvadov. The regional court in Plzeň-jih (Pilsen-south) is to decide on the other suspects.
According to police spokeswoman Veronika Horková, the lorries came from Romania through Hungary and Slovakia.