Karolina Plíšková advanced to the second round at Wimbledon after
beating Britain’s Harriet Darth 7:6, 2:6, 6:1. The Czech eight seed has
often struggled at Wimbledon, losing in the second round for the past five
Her sister Kristyna Plíšková dropped out after losing to Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 4:6, 6:1, 2:6.
The country’s first post-1989 justice minister Dagmar Burešová died at
the weekend, at the age of 88, the ctk news agency reported.
After 1969 Burešová defended many dissidents persecuted by the regime in court, among them writer Milan Kundera, the mother of Jan Palach or Ivan Medek, who was later chancellor to president Vaclav Havel.
After the fall of communism in 1989, Burešová was appointed justice minister and played a big role in reforming the country’s justice system.
An explosion in a plant producing airbag components in the town of
Jablunka, in the eastern part of the country, injured two people, one of
them seriously, the ctk news agency reported.
The blast which occurred early on Monday, shook the plant’s main building, which was immediately evacuated. Experts later declared it unsafe due to structural damage.
The cause of the incident is being investigated. The damage is expected to reach millions of crowns.
Around forty visitors to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival were treated for
food poisoning at the weekend after eating at one of the festival stalls,
the ctk news agency reported.All received medical attention at the Karlovy
Vary hospital and were released within hours.
The incident is being investigated by the local hygiene authorities. It is thought that contaminated water may have been the problem.
Public support for Czech membership in the EU is almost back to its
old-time high, with 53 percent of Czechs now saying they support the
country’s membership in the EU.
During the past seven years trust in the EU was deeply undermined by the financial and migrant crisis with support figures sliding from 59 percent to 38 percent in 2016.
The strongest degree of support for EU membership is among the young generation where it is now at 63 percent.
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival will screen the film Oratorium for Prague by
Jan Němec on Monday, a unique document of the Soviet-led invasion of
Czechoslovakia in 1968, which will have its Czech premiere in Karlovy Vary.
The documentary was initially meant to be about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia but unexpectedly became a record of the invasion, documenting the entry of Russian tanks into Prague.
The only film footage of the Soviet invasion, it was smuggled out of the country and shown by TV stations abroad.
Most Czechs are accepting of the newly-appointed minority government of ANO
and the Social Democrats, according to the outcome of a poll conducted by
the Kantar TNS agency.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents said the government was not ideal, but they had nothing against it. Twenty-eight percent found it unacceptable.
Asked whether they minded the fact that the government had to rely of the Communist Party for support, 49 percent of respondents said they did not, 42 percent expressed reservations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that no agreement was reached
with the Czech Republic and Hungary on negotiating a deal that the two
countries would take back asylum seekers from Germany. Merkel said she
regretted the confusion that had arisen regarding possible future
negotiations on the issue.
Both the Czech Republic and Hungary heatedly denied media reports that they were open to talks on such an agreement. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said Chancellor Merkel had not brought up the subject and he would, in any case, never consent to an agreement that would mean accepting any number of illegal refugees.
Under the EU’s Dublin convention asylum seekers must lodge their requests in the first EU country they set foot in.
The 16th all-Sokol slet (gathering) began in Prague on Sunday with a parade
bringing together more than 15,000 members from the Czech physical fitness
organisation the world over.
The gathering, held to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia will include numerous events, calisthenics performances, exhibitions and a performance at the National Theatre in Prague. It will run until July 6th.
Sokol (falcon) was founded in 1862 to promote an active way of life, exercise and fair play as well as a commitment to values such as democracy and humanism. It survived adverse historical periods such as the two world wars and communism and the gatherings in Prague now take place every six years. -