The Czech ice hockey team is gearing up to take on Canada in the IIHF World
Championship semi-finals on Saturday night, in Bratislava. Faceoff is set
for 19:15 local time.
Should the Czech team win, they will face Finland in a gold medal final.
If the Czech team loses to Canada, they will face Russia to compete for a bronze medal.
Previously, the Czech Republic won gold medals at the IIHF hockey Worlds in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2010. When part of Czechoslovakia, the team won another six gold medals.
Preliminary information from Czech district councils shows voter turnout
for the European Parliament election is higher than in 2014, when it
reached 18.2 percent.
In Prague, more than 30 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. In most regions, it ranged between 15 to 21 percent. However, in some regions, it was as low as 5 percent or as high as 55 percent.
On the ballot are some 840 candidates from 40 parties and movements, who are vying for 21 seats in the European Parliament. A low turnout would favour opposition and smaller parties.
According to the Median agency, the ruling centre-right ANO party should win 22-25 percent of the vote and their junior partner in government, the centre-left Social Democrats, about 5-6 percent.
The opposition Pirates and the Civic Democrats are polling at about 14 percent each, the TOP 09 and Party of Mayors and Independents coalition up to 11 percent, the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy party 9-10 percent, the Christian Democrats 7-9 percent and the Communists at about 5-6 percent.
The Czech Statistical Office will publish preliminary results on Sunday evening, after all polls close in other EU countries. The official tally will be announced by the national election commission on Tuesday.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) is heading to
Paris on June 5 for a meeting with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le
Their agenda includes issues of European diplomacy, security and also military operations in Mali involving soldiers from their respective countries.
The head of Czech diplomacy should also present the priorities of the Visegrad Group Presidency, which the Czechs hold for one year beginning in July.
On the same day that Minister Petříček is visiting France, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) will attend the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, on the other side of the English Channel.
The medieval castle of Helfštýn in Přerov, north Moravia, is hosting the
10th annual Festival of Military History on Saturday and Sunday. It is
expected to draw over 5,000 visitors.
The festival opened with a ceremonial procession of all participants, dressed in period costume from the eighth century to the end of the First Republic.
Military history enthusiasts dressed as Czechoslovak legionaries walked alongside Celtic warriors, Renaissance and Gothic knights, and footsoliders from the Thirty Years War.
Minister of Education Robert Plaga (ANO) is due on Monday to submit to
draft legislation to the government that would allow people without
specialized pedagogical education to teach in primary and secondary
schools, under certain conditions.
The draft amendment to the Act on Educational Workers would require such teachers to acquire new educational qualifications within three years.
General subjects such as the Czech language, mathematics or music could be taught at secondary schools and at primary school by people with degrees in relevant fields. Trade unions and some teachers' representatives oppose the move.
Czechs and other EU citizens with residency headed to the polls on Saturday
for a second day of voting in the European Parliament elections. The voting
stations close at 2pm. The results will be announced on Sunday evening.
On the ballot are some 840 candidates from 40 parties and movements, who are vying for 21 seats in the European Parliament. Turnout out at the last such elections five years ago was just over 18 percent.
Confidence in the Czech economy fell to its lowest level in almost three
years this May, the national statistical office said on Friday.
Compared to April, confidence dropped by 1.4 points to 95.7. The last time confidence was lower was in July 2016. Year-on-year, confidence in the economy has decreased between entrepreneurs and consumers alike.
Analysts says the drop mainly stems from concerns about external developments, especially the resumption of trade wars between the US and China.
The Czech Republic will host the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2024, the
sport’s international confederation confirmed on Friday. Matches will
likely be held in Prague and Ostrava.
Meanwhile, the Czech national team has made it to the quarterfinals of the current championship, being held in the Slovak capital Bratislava, following a 5:1 victory over Germany on Thursday.
They next face Canada on Saturday. The winner of that match will play either Russia or Finland.
Jaroslav Erik Frič, a Czech poet, musician, publisher and organiser of
underground culture festivals during communism, died on Friday at the age
A polyglot, he travelled extensively throughout Western Europe in 1968, before the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, working as a busker.
Unwilling to collaborate with the regime in any way, he worked published samizdat poems and other texts while working as a waiter.
Soon after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, he founded the Votobia publishing house. In later years, he founded NGOs to help racial, ethnic and religious minorities.
Since 2000, he had also organised an annual poetry festival in Brno.
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