If parliamentary elections were held now, the ANO movement of Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš would still come out on top, according to a new poll
by the STEM agency. The June poll shows ANO winning 32 per cent of the
vote, down just shy of a percentage point (pp) since April.
The upstart Pirates have lost the most ground in the past two months, over 3pp, and would now win only 10.2 per cent of the vote. Another opposition party, the Civic Democrats, are up 1.8pp since the last STEM survey, with the centre-right party now polling at 15.5 per cent.
Support for ANO’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is up nearly 1pp, according to STEM, with the centre-left party now polling at 7.9 per cent. The Communists, whose support Mr. Babiš needs to survive a confidence vote set for July 11, are polling at 9.1 per cent, up half a percentage point since April.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) is due to meet his Polish counterpart
Mateusz Morawiecki (PiS) on Friday to discuss ways to boost bilateral trade
and cooperation, as well as wider European issues affecting the Visegrad
Group, which also includes Hungary and Slovakia.
The two leaders will meet in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary before heading to Bulgaria for a conference taking place within a summit between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC).
The “China 16+1 Summit”, now its seventh year, has raised alarm in Brussels over the intensifying level of engagement between the member countries and communist China, which has invested heavily in the CEE region.
Hollywood actor and director Tim Robbins, a special guest at this year’s
ongoing international film festival in Karlovy Vary, is due to perform
there on Wednesday evening with his group, The Rogues Gallery Band.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Shawshank Redemption” received the A-list Czech festival’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the opening ceremony on Monday.
Firefighters have extinguished fires near a railway line between the
northern Bohemian towns of Lovosice and Ústí nad Labem, but both domestic
and international train travel in the area has halted.
Police have also closed a road running alongside the rails. Until their investigation is complete, drivers should expect heavy congestion, especially along routes from Ústí nad Labem and Děčín to Dresden, Germany.
Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch has dismissed the director of Na Bulovce
hospital, one of nine people facing prosecution for having allegedly
conspired to manipulate public contracts to Prague hospitals.
Among the accused is the director of Na Františku hospital, who resigned of his own accord earlier this week. Minister Vojtěch said in a statement on Wednesday he intends to review all supply contracts to public hospitals and revise contracts which the health ministry itself manages directly.
The traditional pilgrimage festival marking the legacy of Saints Cyril and
Methodius, Greek missionaries who brought Christianity to the Czech lands,
gets underway at Velehrad in South Moravia on Wednesday.
The event, called the People of Goodwill Days, includes a number of cultural events, lectures and is traditionally attended by tens of thousands of believers. It will culminate on Thursday with a national pilgrimage and a celebratory mass.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has been knocked out of the
first round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon, after losing to
Aliksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 4:6, 6:4 and 0:6.
Five Czechs have advanced to the second round, including seventh seeded Karolína Plíšková, who will face Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus in her next match on Wednesday.
Temperatures dropped to record lows in some parts of the Czech Republic in the early hours of Tuesday. The lowest temperature, minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Luční Bouda in the Krkonoše mountains in north Bohemia. Freezing temperatures were also registered corded in the Šumava mountains in the south west of the country. Records were broken at 30 stations in operation for 30 years or more.
US Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson arrived at Karlovy Vary
International Film Festival on Tuesday. Mr. Levinson, who won the Academy
Award for best director for Rain Man in 1989, is set receive the Crystal
Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.
Rain Man and Levinson’s 1998 political satire Wag the Dog will both screen at the festival, with introductions from the director.