Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall is expected to bring up to 10 centimetres of fresh
snow to the south of the country by Sunday morning.
The Šumava mountains in the southwest could see up to 15 centimetres of fresh snow. Drivers have been warned to expect traffic complications and not to set out for the mountains without winter gear.
The traditional pilgrimage to St. Valentine's Day takes place on
Saturday at Prague's Vyšehrad.
The tradition was founded after the discovery of the remains of the patron saint of lovers in St. Peter and Paul's Church at Vyšehrad in 2002.
They were probably brought to Bohemia from Italy by Charles IV. Since 2003, a pilgrimage service has been celebrated there each year.
Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová, who is attending the security
conference in Munich, pledged to increase the defence spending budget to
2.0 percent of the country’s GDP by the year 2024. She made the statement
to the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Šlechtová said it would be quite
outrageous if the Czech Republic failed to fulfil the target which NATO
partners agreed on.
Czech defence spending last year stood at around 1.1 percent of the country’s GDP and according to some experts, it is unlikely to meet the 2.0 percent commitment by 2020.
Czech police on Friday stopped two lorries carrying 35 foreigners,
including 13 children, on the D5 motorway heading towards the main western
border crossing with Germany at Rozvadov. According to police spokeswoman
Veronika Horková, the lorries came from Romania through Hungary and
The migrants, who most likely come from Eastern Europe, were placed in a detention centre and will be questioned to determine whether they have asked for asylum anywhere in Europe. The drivers of the lorries have also been detained on suspicion of people smuggling.
The Czech ice hockey team defeated Canada 3-2 in penalty shooutouts in
their second group match against Canada at the Winter Olympics on Friday
Although Canada won the shots battle by a 33-21 margin, Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz made 31 saves and allowed just one goal in the shootout. Striker Jan Kovář scored the game-winning shootout goal for the Czech Republic.
The Czech team next face Switzerland in the final game of the preliminary round on Sunday.
The Czech Republic has won its first gold medal in the Winter Olympics and
its fifth overall.
Czech world champion snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, delivered one of the biggest surprises in Winter Olympics history on Saturday, winning the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins.
Ledecká, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to snatch the gold from the the two-time overall World Cup Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second.
The 22-year-old Czech, who was racing out of the 26th position on skis borrowed from American star Mikaela Shiffrin, had never before finished on podium in an alpine event.
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.