The Office of President Miloš Zeman has rejected a complaint by the
European Roma Rights Centre that the Czech head of state’s recent
statements about the work ethic of Romania people was racist and undermines
Zeman said last week that while he was no fan of communism, at least under that system “the Roma were forced to work”.
In response, thousands of Romani people have posted pictures of themselves at their jobs as part of a social media campaign initiated by community member Štefan Pongo and supported by the Romea organisation.
Zeman said on Friday that he was happy to have “received photos from some of the 10 percent of Roma who work”.
Unemployment dropped slightly in September, according to a poll of analysts
by the Czech News Agency. Official statistics from the Labour Office show
unemployment stood at 3.1 percent in August.
The consensus among analysts is unemployment dropped a further 0.1 percent last month due to regular seasonal factors, namely an increase in hiring after the summer months. The Labour Office is due to publish official figures on October 8.
Czech tennis player Kateřina Siniaková was defeated 6-2, 6-2 in the
quarterfinals of the China Open by Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Still competing in Beijing are two Czech women’s doubles teams: that of Barbora Krejčíková with Kateřina Siniaková, and Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková with Barbora Strýcová.
Some 40 Czech soldiers returning home from a six-month mission in Mali are
due to be awarded medals for service abroad on Friday.
They had been serving in the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali, supporting the African country’s armed forces in suppressing an insurgency, alongside soldiers from France, Germany and Spain.
Their main task had been to guard the EU mission’s headquarters and provide security to officials.
Translator and former Senator Josef Jařab has been selected for the 20th
award of the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97. The award is
presented annually on October 5th – the late president Václav Havel’s
Mr. Jařab is a professor of English and American literature at Palacký University in Olomouc. He was the first chairman of the Czech Fulbright Committee and the National Association for American Studies.
Czechs go to the polls on Friday and Saturday to cast their ballots in
municipal elections and elections to one third of the Senate, the upper
house of Parliament. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will
take place next weekend, for contestants who fail to win 50 percent of the
The elections are seen as a test of the ruling ANO party’s ability to win support at the local level. The Civic Democrats and Pirates are hoping to extend their gains made in last year's national elections, while other major parties including the Social Democrats and TOP 09 are fighting for survival.
Many analysts are predicting a redrawing of political allegiances and a major consolidation on the right, after the elections.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has assessed the work of his cabinet after the
first 100 days in office. At a press conference on Thursday, he said that
the minority government of the ANO party and the Social Democrats has
reached many achievements.
Among other things he mentioned the state budget for 2019 and the increase of pensions and salaries.
Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said that his party’s decision to join the government has proved to be the right one. He also said that the coalition agreement ended a nine-month period of instability following the parliamentary election.
The Czech President Miloš Zeman met with his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge
Ivanov, who arrived in Prague on Thursday for an official visit of the
Among other things, the two heads of state discussed the possibility of
bringing Macedonian workers to the Czech Republic to help solve the
shortage of labour.
Mr. Zeman told journalists after the meeting that the Czech Republic fully supports Macedonia’s accession to the EU and NATO.
The Macedonian president is also set to meet with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and other representatives of the Czech parliament.
Czech tennis player Kateřina Siniaková has advanced to the quarterfinals
of the China Open in Beijing after defeating Kiki Bertens of the
Netherlands 6-4, 6-3.
Her victory has also secured a place for her compatriot Petra Kvitová at the WTA finals. Siniaková will next face the winner of the match between Anett Kontaveit or WTA World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki.