The open-air Rock for People festival started on Wednesday at the former
military airfield near Hradec Králové. Among the headliners this year is
British band The Prodigy, who play on Thursday evening.
Now in its 24th year, Rock for People is among the biggest music festivals in the Czech Republic with scores of acts performing. It wraps up on Saturday.
If parliamentary elections were held now, the ANO movement of Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš would still come out on top, according to a new poll
by the STEM agency. The June poll shows ANO winning 32 per cent of the
vote, down just shy of a percentage point (pp) since April.
The upstart Pirates have lost the most ground in the past two months, over 3pp, and would now win only 10.2 per cent of the vote. Another opposition party, the Civic Democrats, are up 1.8pp since the last STEM survey, with the centre-right party now polling at 15.5 per cent.
Support for ANO’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is up nearly 1pp, according to STEM, with the centre-left party now polling at 7.9 per cent. The Communists, whose support Mr. Babiš needs to survive a confidence vote set for July 11, are polling at 9.1 per cent, up half a percentage point since April.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) is due to meet his Polish counterpart
Mateusz Morawiecki (PiS) on Friday to discuss ways to boost bilateral trade
and cooperation, as well as wider European issues affecting the Visegrad
Group, which also includes Hungary and Slovakia.
The two leaders will meet in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary before heading to Bulgaria for a conference taking place within a summit between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC).
The “China 16+1 Summit”, now its seventh year, has raised alarm in Brussels over the intensifying level of engagement between the member countries and communist China, which has invested heavily in the CEE region.
Hollywood actor and director Tim Robbins, a special guest at this year’s
ongoing international film festival in Karlovy Vary, is due to perform
there on Wednesday evening with his group, The Rogues Gallery Band.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Shawshank Redemption” received the A-list Czech festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the opening ceremony on Monday.
Firefighters have extinguished fires near a railway line between the
northern Bohemian towns of Lovosice and Ústí nad Labem, but both domestic
and international train travel in the area has halted.
Police have also closed a road running alongside the rails. Until their investigation is complete, drivers should expect heavy congestion, especially along routes from Ústí nad Labem and Děčín to Dresden, Germany.
Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch has dismissed the director of Na Bulovce
hospital, one of nine people facing prosecution for having allegedly
conspired to manipulate public contracts to Prague hospitals.
Among the accused is the director of Na Františku hospital, who resigned of his own accord earlier this week. Minister Vojtěch said in a statement on Wednesday he intends to review all supply contracts to public hospitals and revise contracts which the health ministry itself manages directly.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has been knocked out of the
first round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon, after losing to
Aliksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 4:6, 6:4 and 0:6.
Five Czechs have advanced to the second round, including seventh seeded Karolína Plíšková, who will face Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus in her next match on Wednesday.
The traditional pilgrimage festival marking the legacy of Saints Cyril and
Methodius, Greek missionaries who brought Christianity to the Czech lands,
gets underway at Velehrad in South Moravia on Wednesday.
The event, called the People of Goodwill Days, includes a number of cultural events, lectures and is traditionally attended by tens of thousands of believers. It will culminate on Thursday with a national pilgrimage and a celebratory mass.