The leading Czech women’s tennis players Karolína Plíšková and Petra
Kvitová were knocked out in the third round of tennis’s French Open on
Plíšková lost to 1-6 2-6 to Maria Sharapova of Russia, while Kvitová was beaten 7-6 7-6 in Paris by Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, bringing her run of 13 consecutive wins on clay to an end.
Around 250 people took part in a 32-kilometre Pilgrimage of Reconciliation
from the town of Pohořelice to Brno on Saturday to commemorate the victims
of the post-war expulsion of Brno’s German-speaking population. The route
followed the one that the expellees must have taken but symbolically went
in the opposite direction, organisers said.
The pilgrimage, which began at the site of a May 1945 holding camp for German speakers in Pohořelice, was part of a festival entitled Meeting Brno. The first such commemoration took place in 2006.
On the night between June 9 and 10 candles are to be lit near the Lidice
Memorial around the precise area where the original village of Lidice
stood, officials from the institution told Novinky.cz. The candles will
help create a sombre atmosphere before more events commemorating the
anniversary of June 10, 1942, when the Nazis razed the small Central
Bohemian village to the ground and killed over 300 of its inhabitants in
one of the worst atrocities in modern Czech history.
Similar events are planned for June 24 at the site of Ležáky, a second village wiped off the map by the Nazis. Whereas the people of Lidice were killed in retaliation for the assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich, Ležáky was targeted due to the presence of a resistance group.
The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five on
Saturday. The four boys and a girl, Alex, Martin, Michael, Daniel and
Tereza, were born by Caesarean section at Prague’s Podolí maternity
hospital on June 2, 2013. Their mother, Alexandra Kiňová, was 23 at the
A special collection was held at the time of the children’s birth to help the family financially.
The chance of quintuplets being spontaneously conceived is one in 48 million and their story received international attention at the time.
Czech international football manager Karel Jarolím said he felt
“terrible” after his team suffered a 4:0 drubbing by Australia at St.
Pölten in Austria on Friday. It was the Czech Republic’s biggest defeat
ever. Jarolím said he had believed that the Czechs were improving but the
match had disabused him of that idea.
The Czech Republic failed to reach the World Cup in Russia, which begins the week after next. Their campaign to try to qualify for the 2020 European Championships will get underway after the summer.
The 30th edition of the Tanec Praha festival of dance began on Friday night
with a performance of East Shadow by the great Czech choreographer Jiří
Kylián at Prague’s Ponec theatre. Mr. Kylián, who is 71, was recently
made a member of the prestigious Académie francaise. He was involved in
the inception of Tanec Praha in the late 1980s.
Other highlights of this year’s edition of the festival include SUNNY by the Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat and Dancing Grandmothers by the Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn.
In its first draft of the 2019 state budget the Finance Ministry envisages
a deficit of 50 billion crowns, the ctk news agency reported Friday.
The budgetary priorities are increased pensions, higher wages for teachers and higher investments. Deficits of roughly that amount are expected until the year 2021.
All ministries have been promised more funds for next year, with the biggest increase being to the budget of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
Opposition parties have criticized the size of the deficit at a time of economic growth.
The lower house of Parliament has approved the government’s foreign
missions plan. Under the proposal the Czech Republic should reinforce its
presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali by 275 soldiers this year. In the
second half of 2019 Czech pilots will take their turn protecting the
airspace of the Baltic States.
The plan was approved by 140 out of the 170 deputies present. Only the Communist Party and the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party voted against.
The vote was preceded by a stormy debate since the Civic Democrats had strong reservations to the fact that the plan was being put forward by a government without a confidence vote.