President Miloš Zeman and the chief justice of the Constitutional Court,
Pavel Rychetský, are the country’s most trustworthy politicians, suggest
an opinion poll conducted by the CVVM agency in October and released on
Thursday. Each enjoys the trust of 45 percent of respondents.
However, the number of people who distrust the Czech head of state is even higher, currently standing at 48 percent, while in in case of Mr. Rychetský it is only 31 percent. The least trusted Czech politician is the former TOP09 leader Miroslav Kalousek, the survey suggests.
Prague’s Václav Havel airport handled 5.48 million passengers in the
third quarter of 2018, which represents a year-on-year increase of 9.3
percent, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.
This July, with nearly 1.88 million passengers cleared, was the busiest month in the history of the airport.
According to the newly released data, the highest number of passengers in the third quarter of this year travelled to London, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
A bomb attack in Eastern Afghanistan did not target Czech soldiers
specifically, but was part of a wider assault on a fleet of coalition
vehicles, the Czech general chief-of-staff Aleše Opata said at a press
conference on Thursday.
Five Czech soldiers were injured on Wednesday by a car bomb blast while patrolling near Bagram Air Base, the largest U.S. air base in Afghanistan.
Four members of the military personnel suffered minor injuries, while one of them was severely injured and had to undergo several operations. According to Mr Opata, the soldier is now in a stable condition.
In total, 346 Czech soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s 16,000 strong Resolute Support Mission.
Most of the crystal methamphetamine available in Europe is produced in the
Czech Republic, suggests a report by Germany’s federal drug commissioner
Marlene Mortler, which was released on Thursday.
According to the annual report, the Czech-produced methamphetamine is mostly consumed in the southern and eastern parts of Germany which border with the Czech Republic, such as Saxony, Bavaria, and Thuringia. Consumption of the drug in western parts of Germany is significantly lower, the report says.
Last year, German police recorder more than 1200 drug offences related to Czech methamphetamine.
Paintings by famous pre-war Czech artists, such as Josef Čapek, Jan
Zrzavý and František Kupka, will be auctioned at the Mánes Exhibition
Hall in Prague on October 28.
The auction will include three oil-paintings by Toyen, Jindřich Štyrský and Antonín Procháuka, which come from a collection by Austrian collector Ivo Rotter, and have been exhibited at the National Gallery Belvedere in Vienna on long-term loan.
Among other items on sale will be paintings by Antonín Chitussi and Kamil Lhoták, and a photo by František Drtikol, one of the most important Czech photographers of the 20th century.
Jiří Drahoš and Marek Hilšer, two former presidential candidates
elected to the upper house of Parliament, will join the senator’s club of
the Mayors and Independents (STAN). They announced their decision at a
joint press conference on Thursday.
With the overall number of senators in the Mayors and Independents increasing to 18, the party is likely to form the largest group in the upper chamber. Traditionally, the party with the largest group of senators gets to nominate the speaker of the house.
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit both the Czech and Slovak
capitals next week to take part in events around the 100th anniversary of
According to the French news agency AFP, he will be in Bratislava on October 26 and in Prague on October 27, during which time he will meet his respective counterparts and the country’s prime ministers.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has invited a number of statesmen to attend centenary celebrations but a list of confirmed names has yet to be published. The Czech Army previously said that on October 28, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis will attend several events.
Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats), the new minister of foreign
affairs, is due to outline his policy priorities at a debate on Thursday
evening organised by Association for International Affairs (AMO), a private
Petříček has said that he wants the Czech Republic to be securely anchored in the European Union and NATO and to actively promote respect for international law. In that regard, he told Czech Radio sanctions were among the few instruments available to the EU to influence Russia’s behaviour.
On another hot button issue, that of EU quotas for accepting refugees, Petříček said the Czech position is to rather work to stabilize countries or origin for migrants and refugees rather that to settle them abroad.
Social Democrat chairman Jan Hamáček has called for a vote of confidence
in the party’s Executive Committee to be held on Saturday, October 21.
Hamáček said he needs confirmation that party members agree on his agenda in the wake of poor showings in the recent municipal and Senate elections.
The Social Democrats failed to defend all but one of the 13 seats in the upper house being contested while their senior partner in the coalition government, the ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, secured only one new mandate in the 81-seat chamber.
The opposition Civic Democrats and Christian Democrats have 16 and 15 seats in the Senate, respectively, while the Social Democrats now have 13 and ANO have only seven.