ANO would win if elections were held now with around 30 percent of the
vote, achieving a similar tally to in elections held in October, suggests a
poll conducted last month by the CVVM agency. The Social Democrats would do
significantly better than in October, with 12.5 percent, the survey
indicates. The Czech Pirate Party would get the same result, again showing
an improvement on October.
Meanwhile the Civic Democrats, who came second in the last elections would come fourth now, albeit with an increased vote of 12 percent, suggests the poll. The Communists, who got 7.8 percent in October, would now receive 8 percent, going by the survey.
The poll indicates a fall in support for Freedom and Direct Democracy, who won 10.6 percent of the vote last time out but would not tally 7.5 percent.
The snowboard competitor Eva Samková will carry the Czech flag at the
opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on
Friday, the Czech Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday.
Twenty-four-year-old Samková, who won a gold medal in snowboard cross at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, won the honour after taking three-quarters of the votes in a poll of the Czech team.
A reorganisation plan for the bankrupt coal mining company OKD has won
court backing. The Supreme Court in Olomouc on Tuesday rejected an appeal
by Citibank against the approval of the plan, which was carried out by
creditors in August and was previously confirmed by a regional court.
OKD creditors including Citibank have filed claims of over CZK 20 billion in court, but the administrator has rejected claims for most of that amount. OKD continues to mine coal and employs around 9,500 people.
Citibank, which like OKD’s mother company NWR, appealed against the reorganisation plan is the firm’s biggest unrecognised creditor.
A major new exhibition of works by the Czech painter and illustrator Kamil
Lhoták is due to get underway at Prague’s Municipal House on Wednesday.
The show, entitled Retrospective, features over 100 oil paintings and
includes 19 works never previously presented in public.
The pieces on show have been borrowed from a total of almost 50 private collectors and institutions. Lhoták, who died in 1990 at the age of 78, is one of the most popular Czech painters of the 20th century.
Prague’s taxi drivers will not win any support by blocking roads in the
capital in protest at Uber, says the city’s mayor, Adriana Krnáčová.
The drivers are planning a protest this coming Thursday against Uber and
The mayor said that causing traffic holdups in the capital would not improve taxi drivers’ situation but would likely have the opposite effect.
A spokesperson for an association of taxi drivers said that Thursday’s action would not be directed toward Prague councillors but ministers and the government. Similar protests have been held in the past.
Monday night was the coldest night of the year so far in the Czech
Republic, according to data from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
The lowest temperature, -25.5 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Jizerka in
the Jizera Mountains in the north of the country. Lows of under -20 degrees
Celsius were experienced in Šumava in the southwest.
Central Prague was the warmest place in the country during the night, with the Clementinum weather station recording -3.9 degrees Celsius.
The deaths of three members of one family in the Moravian city of Zlín are
being treated as possible murder. The bodies were found in their home on
Monday. The victims are a woman of 60, her daughter of 34 and her son, aged
The father of the children, who did not live with the family, reported finding their bodies to the police on Monday afternoon. A police spokesperson said the three had evidently died weeks or possibly months previously.
The minister of justice in resignation, ANO’s Robert Pelikán, has
expressed disquiet over statements made by Freedom and Direct Democracy
leader Tomio Okamura over the WWII concentration camp for Romanies at Lety,
south Bohemia. Minister Pelikán called on Mr. Okamura to cease claiming
that the camp was not guarded and to have respect for all those who had
died or suffered there during the war.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy leader said in a recent interview that inmates could come and go from the camp, which for the most part had no guards. He has since apologised for saying it had no fence.
Over 300 prisoners were killed at Lety and hundreds more were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The site now houses a pig farm and the Czech state has made various moves to buy it from the current owners.
Surgeon Marek Hilšer, one of the candidates in the recent presidential
election, who finished fifth in the first round with over eight percent (a
little over 450,000 votes) announced on Monday he will run for the Czech
Senate in the autumn election.
Mr Hilšer is planning to run in Prague in one of four possible districts. He is currently looking for possible support from some of the parties in the lower house, the Czech News Agency reported.