2018 was the warmest year in Prague since 1775, according to records kept
at the city centre Clementinum weather station, which went into operation
back then. The average temperature in the capital last year was 12.8
degrees Celsius, which is 3.2 degrees above the average between 1775 and
2014, forecasters said on Saturday.
The majority of the 10 warmest years registered by meteorologists at the Clementinum since the late 18th century occurred after the year 2000.
A black ice warning has been issued for most of the Czech Republic from
Saturday evening to Sunday morning. The only exception will be the Karlovy
Vary and Plzeň regions in West Bohemia but even there sporadic black ice
is expected, according to a warning issued by the Hydro-Meteorological
The country has been hit by heavy snowfall in recent days. On Saturday the snow began to melt and rain that fell during the day is expected to freeze when temperatures fall below zero Celsius during the night.
The Czech-American pairing of Květa Peschkeová and Nicole Melichar have
won the doubles competition at tennis’s Brisbane International after a
6-1 6-1 win over Taiwanese sisters Hao-Ching Chan and Latish Chan on
Melichar (who was born in born in Brno) and Peschkeová had previously overcome the Czech world numbers ones in the women’s doubles, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková, in the semi-finals in Brisbane.
Meanwhile Czech Karolína Plíšková has reached the singles final at the tournament, in which she will face Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine.
The under pressure minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has hit back at critics
who say insufficient progress has been made on motorway building and
maintenance in the Czech Republic. In an interview published by news site
iDnes.cz, the ANO appointee said there had never been such rapid and
sufficient construction at any point since the Velvet Revolution. Mr. Ťok
said it would take a “real superman” to achieve more than was currently
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said recently that the minister needed to get tough with subordinates in order to produce results. Mr. Ťok said he had proven at his department and elsewhere that he could be very tough.
Following the public rebuke from the PM bookmakers began offering odds on when Mr. Ťok would be replaced.
The Communist-era dissident Milan Balabán has died at the age of 89. A
theologian, Evangelical pastor and poet, he was considered one of the Czech
Republic’s leading religious thinkers.
In the 1950s Balabán – who was born in what is today Ukraine – joined a group of Evangelical theologians named Nová orientace (New Orientation), which pushed for reforms in Czechoslovakia. He later signed the Charter 77 protest document.
He lost his license to serve as a cleric in the mid-1970s and was forced to do manual labour, including working for the operators of the Prague sewer system.
The Czech government will later this month weigh up changing the title of
the Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Television reported. Prime
Minister Andrej Babis of ANO wants to have the government department –
which was set up 22 years ago – renamed the Ministry of Public
Investment, a move that would be accompanied by a rearrangement of the
purviews of government offices, Czech Television said.
The minister of regional development, ANO nominee Klára Dostálová, is in favour of the change. However, other cabinet members have said they need time to consider the matter.
Former German President Joachim Gauck has been awarded the Charles IV
Prize, a distinction bestowed by the city of Prague and Charles University
to persons known for their outstanding contribution to culture, politics or
Gauck is the seventh person to receive this award since its inception in 1993, which includes an honorary diploma. He should officially receive this distinction on 21 January in Prague.
Now 78, Gauck served as Germany’s head of state between 2012 and 2017. In that capacity, he made numerous visits to the Czech Republic.
The Czech government will reportedly consider a draft law guaranteeing
Britons living in the Czech Republic the same rights enjoyed by EU citizens
in the event of a so-called “hard Brexit”, up until the end of 2020.
According to the news agency ČTK, the draft law is based on a Ministry of Interior proposal, due to be discussed on Monday.
As it now stands, if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement, British citizens would lose free access to the Czech labour market, as well as the public health and social benefits systems.
The draft law aims to ensure legal certainty after the UK leaves the EU in order to avoid serious complications for both British citizens in the Czech Republic and the relevant Czech authorities, ČTK cites the Interior Ministry proposal as saying.
The Czech Republic would want a reciprocal arrangement – in the form of a post-Brexit transition period – from the British government.