Czech defence Minister Karla Šlechtová, who is attending the Security
Conference in Munich, wants to negotiate with her counterparts from other
NATO countries on the topics of terrorism, migration and Russia.
In addition, Šlechtová is seeking a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister
Haider al-Abadi to discuss the current deployment of Czech soldiers in the
Middle East and the future NATO peacekeeping mission in Iraq.
Originally, Prime Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš was set to travel to Munich and negotiate with his Iraqi counterpart, but he was forced to cancel his participation in the security conference earlier this week because of flu.
Heavy snowfall has complicated traffic across much of the Czech Republic.
Smaller roads in some parts of South Moravia were scarcely passable on
Friday morning and police have reported hundreds of accidents.
Forecasters have warned of ice on roads and streets, mainly in Moravia and Silesia, between Friday night and Sunday morning. Snow is set to melt during the day only to turn to ice when it freezes again after dark.
The Czech Republic has won its second silver medal in the Winter Olympics
and its fourth overall.
Czech speed skater Martina Sablíková finished second in her favourite 5000 metres race, clinching her sixth Winter Olympics medal in total.
The 29-year-old Czech racer didn’t succeed in defending her victories and gold medals from the two previous games, finishing two seconds behind her Dutch rival Esmee Visser.
Czech President Miloš Zeman said on Thursday that he would send Pope
Francis a request to extend Cardinal Dominik Duka’s mandate as archbishop
of Prague. The head of state reacted to an initiative of a hundred Catholic
laymen who had petitioned Pope Francis not to extend the archbishop’s
The signatories of the letter staged a protest in front of the Archbishop Palace in Prague on Wednesday, criticizing the church for alleged nationalist tendencies.
The Czech head of state said Cardinal Duka was a ‘patriot’ and ‘one of the greatest personalities of the Czech Catholic Church’. He called the petition against Mr Duka "a letter of denunciation."
Cardinal Dominik Duka, who has been serving as Prague Archbishop since 2010, will have to officially submit his resignation in April, when he turns 75. I tis then up to the Pope whether he extends his mandate.
The Czech Republic’s economic growth accelerated to an annual 5.1 percent
in the last quarter of 2017 from 5.0 percent in the previous quarter,
according to preliminary figures published by the Czech Statistical Office
GDP has gradually accelerated since the start of 2017, when it stood at 3.0 percent. Overall annual economic growth reached 4.5 percent last year, which was three percentage points higher than in 2016.
An extension of Prague’s underground to Václav Havel airport from the
current station at the Motol Hospital would cost 26.8 billion crowns with
preparations and construction taking 11 years.
That is the estimate of an analysis carried out for the city’s public transport company by the company Metroprojekt. The extension of the current A line would add five new stations on the new stretch of line totalling almost 7 kilometres.
Prague City Council is also considering whether to extend its current C line eastwards for around 3 kilometres towards the suburb of Čakovice.
Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň came back from behind to draw with
Serbian club Partisan Belgrade 1:1 in their Europa League tie on Thursday
The Plzeň goal came in the 81st minute. The Czech team appeared to be jolted out of a lacklustre performance when Partisan Belgrade found the net in the 58th minute.
The draw and away goal leaves the West Bohemian team with a good chance of progressing to the next round when the teams confront each other again in Plzeň on February 22.
In ice hockey, the Czech team had to come back from behind to prevent a
major upset at the Winter Olympics in their first group match against South
The Korean’s found the net first after eight minutes in the first period. The Czechs scored twice before the break to establish a lead.
But the Czechs looked nervous and troubled in the remaining goalless two quarters and failed to take control or establish a convincing lead.
The Czechs next face Canada on Saturday and Switzerland on Sunday.