Politicians must work together to build trust in democratic governance and
fight growing support for protest and anti-establishment parties and
groupings not just in Europe but the world over, Deputy Foreign Minister
Tomáš Petříček said at the international conference Forum 2,000
currently underway in Prague.
Petříček said liberal democracy was still the best system of governance created by mankind, but it would have to be more efficient and faster in dealing with problems in order to regain trust.
He added that Czech politicians who had experienced the communist regime had a duty to keep reminding society that freedom and democracy were not to be taken for granted and must be defended and protected at all times.
President Miloš Zeman is to appoint Tomáš Petříček foreign minister
on October 16th, the president’s spokesman announced on Monday.
Although the appointment had been expected already this week, it was reportedly postponed due to the fact that the president will be travelling to Slovakia to attend a Visegrad Group summit in Bratislava.
The Czech foreign ministry has been run on a temporary basis by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, after President Zeman refused to appoint the Social Democrat’s previous nominee Miroslav Poche to the post.
Coalition talks on the set-up of local councils are taking place around the
country in the wake of the weekend communal elections.
ANO, which won in all the big cities with the exception of Prague and Liberec, is consolidating its position in the other municipalities.
In Prague, the Pirates Party, which came a close second, after the Civic Democrats, is negotiating a possible coalition deal with TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents and the new grouping Praha sobě.
It has offered the said parties four seats each on the council, while it would take two and the post of Prague mayor.
The Forum 2000 conference held under the theme “Democracy: In need of a
critical update?” got underway in Prague on Sunday. The annual three-day
conference, now in its 22nd year, is hosting a wide range of politicians,
philosophers, authors, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and thinkers.
Among other topics, discussions will examine current social and economic challenges to democracy, growing populism and nationalism. Forum 2000 is looking to engage the younger generation to share their views on these issues and discuss ways to renew trust in democratic governance.
Unemployment in Prague fell to 2.1 percent in September, down 0.1
percentage points compared to August.
The Czech capital has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among the regions, after those of Pardubice (at 1.9 percent) and Pilsen and South Bohemia (both at 2 percent).
The Moravian-Silesian Region has the highest rate of unemployment (at 4.6 percent) followed by the Ústí nad Labem region (at 4.5 percent).
That national unemployment rate is currently under 3 percent, the lowest level in 22 years.
President Miloš Zeman will present pop singer Michal David with state
honours on October 28, the day marking the centenary of Czechoslovakia’s
David, whose birth name is Vladimír Štancl, studied at the Prague Conservatory in the 1970s where he formed a jazz band. He became a major pop star in the 1980s with synthesizer-heavy disco tunes such as “Non stop”.
His made a comeback in 1998 when he composed and sang the "hymn" for the Czech national ice hockey team, which that year won the Nagano Winter Olympics. Since then, he has composed and produced several hit musicals.
Zeman said in an interview with the tabloid Blesk that he would be honouring David for his life’s work in making Czech people’s lives better.
No.2 seeds Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková and Barbora Strýcová, both
Czechs, rallied on Sunday to win their second title of the season at the
China Open, coming from a set down to defeat No.3 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski
and Xu Yi-fan, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
All five of the Czech pair’s finals in 2018 have come at Premier level – or better. The victory in Beijing is their biggest title as a duo.
Earlier, Dabrowski and Xu had defeated the Czech-Russian pairing of Lucie Hradecká and Ekaterina Makarova at the contest in Beijing.
The annual inflation rate grew to 2.6 percent in September up from 2.5
percent the previous month, according to a poll of analysts by the Czech
This increase stems mainly from rising housing costs, as well as electricity and fuel prices, the analysts said. Strong economic growth accompanied by rapid wage growth is also a factor, while the Czech crown remains relatively weak.
The Czech Statistical Office is due to publish official data on September inflation on Tuesday.
A star animal attraction at the Prague Zoo, the hippopotamus Slávek, has
died at the age of 33, due to a severe inflammation in his stomach and
Zoo director Miroslav Bábek said laboratory tests have yet to be carried out to determine the premature cause of death. Hippopotamuses can live to be 50 years old.
Slávek gained fame for surviving the devastating floods of 2002, which claimed the lives of his mate, Lentilka, and one of his seven offspring, a daughter named Barborka.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”