Czech pilot Roman Kramařík, who celebrated the centenary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia by flying around the world in a small Cessna place, landed
in Prague’s Letňany Airport on Saturday.
The one-time aerobatic pilot flew over the Persian Gulf, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, the US, the Azores and then Britain before returning to the Czech Republic. The journey took him 46 days across three oceans and three continents.
Temperatures over the next month should stay above-average for the time of year, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The coming week should see temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the month, daytime temperatures should gradually drop to around 17 degrees Celsius. Precipitation over the next four-week period should not exceed the long-term average.
The Czech and Slovak governments are to hold a joint working session in
Košice on on September 17. The main focus of the talks will be the joint
celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
Migration and regional cooperation among V4 countries are also expected to
be high on the agenda.
The joint session will open with a ceremony in the Historical Town Hall of Košice. The joint meeting will be followed by bilateral negotiations between Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers, Andrej Babiš and Robert Fico, and the respective department heads.
Czech President Miloš Zeman is due to pay a three-day official visit to
Germany from September 19 to 21, the Czech News Agency reported on
Saturday. The head of state will be meeting with his German counterpart
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, chancellor Angela Merkel and Brandenburg state
governor Dietmar Woidke.
The talks are expected to focus on cross-border cooperation, EU reform ad budget, relations with Russia and migration. It will be President Zeman’s first visit to Germany since his reelection for a second term in office.
Thousands of people attended an open-air performance of The Bartered Bride in the West Bohemian town of Pilsen on Friday evening. The largest ever performance of Bedřich Smetana’s popular opera was staged on the town’s central square as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The performance ended with the sound of bells from the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, which is located on the square.
More than 800 heritage sights in the Czech Republic will open to the public
free of charge within the European Heritage Days, starting on Saturday.
Over the course of nine days, people will get the chance to see hundreds of official heritage sites, but also many private and public buildings, such as town halls, church institutions, schools and residential houses, which are normally not accessible to the public.
The Czech Republic joined the European Heritage Days, held at the initiative of the Council of Europe, in 1991. Over 200 municipalities joined the event this year, and some 300 events, including lectures, exhibitions and guided tours, are scheduled to take place.
The European Citizen's Prize, awarded by the European Parliament for
contributions to the mutual understanding of EU member states, was received
on Friday by representatives of two Czech NGOs: Post Bellum and the Prague
Post Bellum publishes oral history testimonies of witnesses to modern Czech history. The Prague Student Summit, a year-round educational project for over 300 high school and university students from Central Europe, organized by the Association for International Affairs (AMO).
The financial markets expect the Czech National Bank will raise its
repurchase rate again by 25 basis points at its meeting at the end of
September, to 1.50%, business daily Hospodářské noviny reports.
J&T Bank chief economist Petr Sklenář noted it would be the first time ever that the Czech central bank had raised interest rates three times in a row.