Czech Eva Samková has won the women's World Cup event in snowboard cross in Germany's Feldberg. It was the fourth World Cup win for the 21-year-old Olympic Champion. Another Czech snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, has won the finals of the ladies paralell giant slalom World Cup event in Slovenian Rogla, reaching a second World Cup win of the season. Ledecká came ahead of the former World Champion Marion Kreiner of Austria.
An extraordinary meeting of the National Security Council board took place on Friday, the spokesman for the government, Martin Ayrer, told the Czech News Agency on Saturday, adding that the Office of the Government would not provide any further details. The unannounced meeting took place on Friday evening, less than a week after the council's last session. The National Security Council, which comprises the Prime Minister and other government members, coordinates steps in the event of a natural disaster or state of emergency.
Franišek Mičánek, the head of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies at the University of Defence in Brno and former director of the Force Planning Division at the defence Ministry, is among the leading candidates for the post of the dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, the daily Právo wrote on Saturday. The new dean will be elected by NATO officials in Brussels on Monday. The chairman of NATO's Military Committe, General Petr Pavel, told the daily that he would support Mr Mičánek's election.
Heavy snowfall has disrupted traffic in most parts of the Czech Republic, mainly in western, northern and central Bohemia. Several centimetres of snow have fallen there during the morning hours of Saturday. While most of the major roads have been chemically treated, drivers have been warned to drive with caution in areas where snow remains has not yet been cleared. In Prague, a number of international flights have been delayed at the Václav Havel Airport as a result of the snowfall.
The government on Monday is scheduled to debate the introduction of a security threat scale, which would enable a fast and coordinated response by the country’s security forces in the event of a terrorist threat, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday. The three point scale, which would define the potential degree of danger, would be annouced by the government based on the proposal of the Interior Minister. The introduction of the security threat scale comes in reaction to the heightened threat of international terrorism after a series of attacks in Paris in November last year.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career, after beating third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6:3, 6:2 on Saturday. The 29-year-old Czech will next face the two-time Australian Open Champion Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus. Other Czech female players, Karolína Plíšková and Denisa Allertová,were knocked out of the tournament in the third round.
Embassies of the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Norway and South Korea in the Czech Republic have launched a six-week anti-corruption campaign on social media with the aim to share their experiences with fighting corruption. Each week, the embassies will release information regarding one specific topic, including law on civil servants, state attorneys or public orders. The first week will be dedicated to the financing of political parties. The campaign will be running on Facebook and Twitter until March 7.
Czech politicians have expressed regret and shock at the death of MEP Miloslav Ransdorf. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Friday that while he had disagreed with the politician's opinion on many issues, he had respected him as a politician. President Zeman, meanwhile, called Mr Ransdorf one of the "sharpest intellectuals he had ever met". Members of the Communist Party including deputy leader Jiří Dolejš made clear they had lost a valued colleague and friend.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has expressed full backing for British Prime
Minister David Cameron’s EU reform efforts. He made the statement while
welcoming Mr Cameron for a private meeting at Prague Castle. Earlier on
Friday, the British prime minister met with his Czech counterpart Bohuslav
Sobotka to discuss EU reform and other issues. Mr Cameron also took the
time to lay a wreath at a memorial site at Prague’s Klárov - honouring
Czechoslovak airmen who served in the RAF during the Second World War. The
Czech News Agency suggested that Prime Minister David Cameron would also
still meet with representatives of the opposition Civic Democratic Party
– partners of the British Conservative Party at the European level.
Czech Radio reported Friday that the Czech side will be seeking a end to a British veto on the sale of Czech L-159 planes to Iraq. Some of the radar technology on the plane is British-made and UK authorities are reported to fear it falling into the wrong hands.
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Prague Friday for talks with his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, and be followed later by a meeting with President Miloš Zeman. The main focus of the talks at the seat of the government was Mr Cameron’s bid to shape a package of EU reforms which he can put to the British public in a future referendum over continued UK membership of the European Union. At the joint press conference which followed, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that Europe would "remain strong if Great Britain stayed" and made clear the Czech Republic would do its utmost to influence a positive outcome. EU reform was not the only issue on the table; also discussed was the ongoing migrant crisis and the threat of Islamic State.