The leader of the opposition Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, says he plans to
hold talks on possible cooperation with other conservative and liberal
parties before the next scheduled general elections in 2021, Czech
Television reported. Mr. Fiala said he wished to form a team that would
defeat government leaders ANO and carry out reforms in education,
digitalisation and the battle against bureaucracy.
The chairman of the Mayors and Independents, Vít Rakušan, has already raised the idea of building a bloc of parties before the next elections. This call was welcomed by TOP 09, while the Czech Pirate Party said they would prefer to go it alone.
Reigning Czech football champions Slavia Prague maintained their perfect
start to the new season by sailing past Teplice 5:1 away in the second
round. Teplice were reduced to 10 men for almost 45 minutes of Sunday
evening’s game after Jakub Mareš was sent off.
Viktoria Plzeň and Opava also have six points from two outings after beating Liberec and Příbram, respectively, at the weekend.
The Czech 400 metres hurdles specialist Zuzana Hejnová finished second in
a Diamond League athletics meeting in London on Sunday. Hejnová’s time
of 54.33 was her second best of the season and she was only beaten by
Rushell Clayton of Jamaica. No US athletes took part in the hurdles in
London in view of their forthcoming national championships.
Hejnová, who is 32, is a two-time world champion in 400 metres hurdles, winning in 2013 and 2015.
The Czech Republic’s Under-19s football squad lost to Ireland in their
final group game on Sunday evening in Yerevan, Armenia by a score of 1:2.
Ireland scored first. While the Czechs would equalise with 10 minutes to go, thanks to a clever back-heel by Dynamo Dresden forward Vasil Kušej, Ireland would retake the lead thanks to Celtic’s Barry Coffey.
Like Ireland, the Czech Republic went into the match with a loss to France, the favourites, but a goal-free draw with Norway condemned them to last place in Group B.
Sunday’s result and France’s win over Norway ensured Ireland would finish second in the group. Ireland next face Portugal while France take on Spain.
The Czech Republic’s best showing at the under-19 European Championship’s came in 2011 where they finished as runners-up.
Union leaders at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
(ÚSTR) have called on Senators to reject the election of former interior
minister František Bublan to the institute’s council.
ÚSTR's Miroslav Vodrážka and Petr Blažek argue that the former minister tried to dissolve the institute and therefore is not suited to join it. Bublan has denied that assertion.
Senators have the authority to appoint ÚSTR’s seven council members. Four candidates are proposed by civic initiatives, two by the Lower House of Parliament and one by the Czech President.
MPs have proposed Bublan and the historian Eduard Stehlík. The Senate is due to choose the councilors this coming week.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has backed the idea of creating a
National Security Advisor position, put forward by the intelligence
They argue the work of all security forces, including the police, should be coordinated at the cabinet level, Czech Television reports.
A National Security Advisor should ensure, for example, closer cooperation between the Police and the counter intelligence service (BIS) to detect and thwart criminal and security threats.
BIS director Michal Koudelka, and the heads of the military and civilian intelligence branches, Jan Beroun and Marek Šimandl, have all publicly back the idea.
Pirate Party caucus chairman Jakub Michálek has said the opposition party
sees no reason to join a pre-election bloc proposed by Party of Mayors and
Independents (STAN) chairman Vít Rakušan.
Michálek told the ČTK news agency the Pirates have gained steadily in the polls since forming and want to go their own way, rather than enter some grand coalition ahead of the next parliamentary elections.
STAN and the Civic Democrats (ODS) are exploring forming a liberal bloc in hopes of defeating the ruling ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
Michálek said that doing so would actually please Babiš, as it feeds into his narrative of a general conspiracy to force him from office.
The Prague Lions have won the Czech championships in American football for
a fifth time, defeating the Ostrava Steelers 29-23 at home on Saturday
evening at the 26th Czech Bowl.
The Lions’ win ended the six-year reign of the Prague Black Panthers, who compete as members of the Austrian Football League (AFL).