A tough smoking ban in pubs and restaurants, which went into force a year
ago, is supported by 71 percent of Czechs, according to the results of a
poll carried out by the Ipsos polling agency in cooperation with Charles
University. Twelve percent of respondents were vehemently against the ban.
Over 1,000 people were surveyed.
Surveys suggest that around a quarter of Czechs still smoke. The Constitutional Court recently rejected a complaint against the smoking ban on the grounds that it restricted the rights of individuals and entrepreneurs. A recent move to soften the ban in Parliament also failed.
The Czech Football Association, which is embroiled in a subsidy scandal, is
believed to have allotted over 100 million crowns without clear rules.
Czech Radio’s flagship news station Radiožurnal says it has now obtained documents showing where the money went and one of the biggest benefactors was the village football club Osvětimany which is the home club of President Zeman’s Chancellor Vratislav Mynář.
Mr. Mynář rejected any involvement.
The Prague Municipal Court has rejected a plea from lobbyist Roman
Janoušek for the remainder of his sentence to be waived for health
Mr. Janoušek was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for a hit-and-run, while drink-driving. He served roughly 15 months of his sentence before asking for it to be postponed for health reasons after undergoing brain surgery. He then asked for it to be waived on health grounds.
The judge ruled that there was still a possibility that his health could improve and saw no reason to waive the sentence prematurely. The verdict is not binding.
Czech painter Toyen’s oil on canvas Et maintenant que passe le temps sold
for 19.4 million crowns at an auction in Kodl Gallery in Prague on Sunday.
Josef Čapek’s Bathing in Orava sold for 9.7 million. A bronze statue by Salvador Dali, Minotaurus, was auctioned off for 8.4 million crowns.
Altogether the gallery sold works of art to the tune of 200 million crowns.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and several other cabinet ministers will visit
the Vysočina region on Monday to meet with the locals and discuss pressing
problems in the region.
Education Minister Robert Plaga is to meet with the coach of Czech speed-skating champion Martina Sábliková to discuss plans to build a speed-skating rink in the region, while Environment Minister Richard Brabec will debate environmental problems with the local authorities. Agriculture Minister Jiří Milek has a separate program with farmers.
Opposition parties have criticized these trips, accusing the ANO party of preparing the ground for early elections.
On Sunday Czechs marked the 76th anniversary of Operation Anthropoid, a
daring mission in which Czechoslovak parachutists were dropped into
occupied Bohemia to assassinate Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich.He
succumbed to his injuries on June 4 and the Nazis unleashed a massive
The parachutists involved in the operation died in a siege of the Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius where they had found sanctuary. The Nazis then hunted down and killed all those connected with them and those suspected of having helped them.
That same month they razed to the ground the villages of Lidice and Ležáky, killing the male inhabitants and sending women and children to concentration camps as exemplary punishment for the assassination. The brave act of resistance significantly boosted the morale of the occupied nation.
Ahead of the anniversary, two streets in Prague’s Výšočany district were renamed Moravcová and Strnadová in honour of the families that helped the parachutists and paid for it with their lives.
The Ride of the Kings – a unique and colourful tradition practiced in
only four south-east Moravian villages took place in the village of Vlčnov
The ride refers to the flight of Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus from Czech King George of Poděbrady in the 15th century and involves a festive ride through the village with a boy portraying the monarch dresses in a traditional women’s folk costume to ‘mask’ his identity.
The event which involves months of preparations ends with a big celebration, dancing, drinking and merrymaking.
The Ride of the Kings is on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.
The ANO party does not have a Plan B in the event that the Social Democrats
reject entering into a coalition with it in their party referendum, ANO
deputy leader Richard Brabec said in a debate on Czech Television on
Mr.Brabec rejected the idea that the party was ready to fall back on a minority government supported by the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Communists, saying that finding common ground with the anti-migrant, anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy Party would not be easy.
He said that should such a scenario emerge the party would have to decide between this option and early elections.
President Zeman said earlier this week that no matter how the Social Democrats decided in their referendum, he would appoint ANO leader Andrej Babis prime minister.
The Czech Republic is a step away from its first semi-communist government
since 1989 and the Civic Democrats will strive to offset its influence from
the opposition benches, party leader Petr Fiala said at the Civic
Democrats’ ideological conference in Libeznice, near Prague.
Party delegates met at the weekend to outline their strategy and select candidates for the Senate and local elections due to take place in the autumn.
Petr Fiala said the Czech Republic was experiencing a drawn-out political crisis and warned of the dangers of a cabinet that would have to rely on support from the Communist Party. He said it was vitally important to prevent extremists and populists getting the upper hand in the Senate, which must retain its role in the system of checks and balances.
Among the independent candidates the party is supporting in the Senate elections are diplomat Pavel Fischer and the rector of Masaryk University Mikuláš Bek.