Slovakia remains the most popular foreign country among Czechs, according
to the results of a survey carried out by STEM polling agency released on
Wednesday. The poll suggests that almost 90 percent of Czechs have a close
affinity with Slovakia.
Austria and the Netherlands finished in second and third place, with 78 percent and 74 percent, respectively, while Turkey, China and Ukraine placed on the opposite side of the scale.
Communist Party MP Zdeněk Ondráček will not head the committee which
oversees the national police supervisory unit, GIBS. Ondráček failed to
be elected on Wednesday in a third repeated attempt. A new election is set
to take place in the future with new candidates nominated by the
The Communist Party’s nominee Zdeněk Ondráček was originally thought to have been elected in the second vote before a technical issue came to light, casting the result of the vote in doubt.
Some lawmakers have objected to the fact that as a member of the police he took part in the brutal repression of demonstrations against the communist regime at the end of the 1980s, including the protests that led to its overthrow in November 1989.
The Chamber of Deputies is set to debate on Friday whether to allow the
police to press criminal charges against the prime minister and his ANO
senior party colleague Jaroslav Faltýnek for the abuse of EU funds in
connection with the Stork’s Nest complex, the deputies decided on
The prime minister has consistently denied any wrongdoing and said the affair was intended to force him out of politics. The previous Chamber of Deputies had stripped the pair of their immunity, also on their request, but they regained it with re-election in October.
The parliament’s mandate and immunity committee on Tuesday recommended deputies remove the parliamentary immunity of Mr Babiš and Mr. Faltýnek.
The Czech Weather Office has warned against heavy snowfall and extremely
high winds across the Czech Republic on Wednesday night and throughout
Up to 30 centimetres of fresh snow is expected to fall in the mountain regions of the Czech Republic. On Thursday, winds on high grounds could reach up to 125 kilometres an hour, the office says.
Czech writer Jaroslav Rudiš is set to receive the prestigious German
literary award Preis der Literaturhäuser. The organizers highlighted
Rudiš’s ability to work with different literary genres.
The 45-year old writer, who lives both in the Czech Republic and Germany, will pick up the award, which comes with a cheque for 15,000 euros, in March at the Leipzig Book Fair.
The film Bába z Ledu or Ice Mother by Bohdan Sláma has received 15
nominations for this year’s Czech Lion domestic movie awards. The
romantic comedy describing relations between three generations in one
family was shot in a Czech-Slovak-French coproduction.
Po strništi bos (Barefoot) by Jan Svěrák has 13 nominations, followed by David Mrnka’s Milada with ten nominations. The Czech Lion awards are voted on by the Czech Film and Television Academy. The event will take place at Prague’s Rudolfinum on March 10.
The high court in Olomouc dropped charges against the former head of the
Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ) Alena Vitásková in the case of the
fraudulent issuing of licenses for solar power plants. According to the
judge, there was not enough evidence that would prove Vitásková’s
The regional court in Brno previously found Vitásková guilty of assisting in the fraudulent issuing of license, handing her an 8.5 year sentence. According to the verdict, she prevented investigation into the matter, enabling those involved to meet a deadline for substantially higher subsidy payments.
The D1 motorway from Brno to Prague was reopened on Wednesday morning after
being blocked for 19 hours due to multiple car crashes, caused by heavy
The main route that links Prague with the east of the country was blocked in both directions on Tuesday following dozens of car crashes, including trucks. Ten people have been injured.
Police in the South Moravian region responded to nearly 200 car crashes until Tuesday midnight. Drifts have also blocked traffic on side roads.
The country’s minority government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
agreed in a meeting on Wednesday morning to resign after it failed to get
backing a day earlier in a confidence vote.
All 78 ANO party members voted in favour but the government did not attract
a single vote from any other party in the Chamber of Deputies. 117 MPs
The prime minister will now request a meeting with the president who has promised to give him a second chance at forming a new government. The current one will hold power until its replacement is named.