A new poll conducted by the CVVM agency suggests that trust in the president remains unchanged, while it has fallen for the government and the Chamber of Deputies. according to the poll, trust in the president in February stood at 54 percent while it was 37 percent in the cabinet, five percent less than the preceding poll. Trust in the lower house stood at 26 percent, while in the Senate it was 30.
Mostly cloudy conditions are expected on Sunday. Daytime highs should reach
temperatures of around 11 degrees Celsius.
Meteorologists have warned that beginning on Saturday afternoon parts of Moravia-Silesia will be hit by strong winds of around 70 km/h in lower-laying areas and as 90 km/h in the mountains.
Construction plans for a controversial six-story apartment building in Prague 1 dubbed "the Marshmallow House" have gotten the green light, spokeswoman for the local city council Veronika Blažková confirmed. The project first received approval in 2015, but then stalled after Prague City Hall and the Culture Ministry got involved. Some critics opposed construction of the design on the grounds that the building looked like marshmallow faces and the fact that individual units were depicted in pastel colours. Investor Praga Progetti e Investimenti will have to launch construction by June of this year, as a two-year deadline has been running uninterrupted since the project was initially approved.
Czech Euro MPs and the Czech government have agreed to cooperate in negotiations on an amendment to the EU firearms directive. The news was confirmed on Friday evening by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The amendment is looking to tighten gun restrictions which are opposed by the Czech interior minister, Milan Chovanec. By contrast, Minister Chovanec is pushing for changes at home which would allow Czechs to draw and use firearms in the event of a terrorist attack. The prime minister described the debat as complex; the amendment is to be debated in March. Mr Sobotka indicated Czech Euro MPs would propose changes to the EU proposal.
Tomáš Prouza will step down as the State Secretary for European Affairs at the end of March. Government spokesman Martin Ayrer confirmed Mr Prouza's resignation on Friday, saying that the official had accepted an offer in the private sector. The media had reported that Mr Prouza lacked proper security clearance; until recently, there was speculation he was a strong favorite to step in as apt he new minster of labor and social affairs.
The Czech Republic's main film awards, the Czech Lions, are due to be presented at a televised ceremony from Prague's Rudolfinum concert hall on Saturday night. The awards, organized by the Czech Film and Television Academy, are being presented for the 24th time. This year's nominees include Julius Ševčík's Masaryk, with 14 nominations, focusing on the life and times of diplomat Jan Masaryk, and Anthropoid by Sean Ellis, about the assassination of the high-ranking German Nazi official Reinhard Heyrich, with nine.
Czech farmers made a record profit in 2016, according to preliminary figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Friday. Agricultural earnings increased by nearly 26 percent on the previous year, to 20.22 billion crowns, which represents the second best result since 2000. The value of agricultural production increased by 1.8 percent year-on-year to 129.3 billion crowns. Revenues from cultivation of crops reached 77.3 billion and livestock production dropped slightly to total 51.6 billion.
Israeli scientist Ada Yonath, best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome, has received an honorary degree from the Mendel University in Brno. Mrs Yonath, who won the Nobel prize in chemistry, is currently the head researcher in the field of structural biology and biochemistry at Israeli’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Among other applications, her discoveries have been important in the development of antibiotics.
Czechs spend on average 61 minutes of their work day on activities not related to their work duties, which is three minutes more than in the previous year, suggests a study carried out by the agency trueconneXion. According to estimates, this amounts to over 163 crowns a day and 40,000 crowns a year in lost productivity per employee. Time spent on social networks and writing private e-mails are the most common activities that Czechs engage in when they are supposed to be working.