Daily news summary
Protests at Prague meeting of European anti-immigrant parties
Several hundred people demonstrated in Prague against a meeting of anti-immigrant European parties on Saturday.
They protested outside the Prague hotel where the meeting was convened and were later scheduled to converge later in the centre of the city.
The meeting, featuring France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherland’s Geert Wilders, was held at the invitation of the leader of the Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy Party,
Tomio Okamura. The Czech leader, whose party gained the third most seats in parliament in October’s elections, said he was a convinced European but did not want to see the continent constructed on an administrative framework out of Brussels.
Le Pen’s said the direction Europe was now heading in was against the tide of history. Wilders said he hoped the Czech Republic would continue to close its doors to what he described as mass immigration.
Police said around 300 people took part in a demonstration against the meeting on Friday.
Prague flats shortage rises to 22,000: survey
The shortage of flats in Prague has trebled in the last three years to reach around 22,000 according to a survey carried out by the consultancy Deloitte. It highlighted the fact that the number of building permits had dropped from around 8,000 in 2000 to around a quarter of that level. The number of completed flats will probably drop this year to around 4,000 from 6,000 last year.
Price rises for flats in Prague have been among the highest in the country and in Europe over the last year.
Museum opened at Loděnice where Closely Observed Trains filmed
A museum commemorating the Czech Oscar winning film ʻClosely Observed Trains’ as well as the local railway has opened at the town of Loděnice near Beroun.
The film based on the book by Bohumil Hrabal was largely shot at the station by director Jiří Menzel. The museum at the station, which includes has been opened to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the rail route linking Prague, Rudná, and Beroun.
Czechs beat Canada in ice hockey after long wait
In ice hockey, the Czech team ended a long series of defeats against Canada with the Channel One Cup tie in Moscow on Friday night. The Czechs won 4:1, ending a series of eight defeats in head to head confrontations.
The win means the Czechs now head the tournament with five points. The last match will be against Sweden on Sunday.
Czechs step back from hosting part of women’s European championships in 2019
The Czech Republic has renounced the idea of hosting one of group competitions for the European women’s volleyball championships in 2019.
The idea of hosting part of the competition had been raised in September by the Czech federation.
The finals are being hosted by Slovakia. The Czech confederation now has ambitions to host part of the competition two years later in 2021.
Lucie Šafářová teams up with coach Rob Steckley again
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has reappointed Rob Steckley as her trainer following their split in September.
Under Steckley’s guidance from April 2013 for almost three years, Šafářová reached the finals of the French Open Grand Slam event losing against Serena Williams. She also reached the finals of five Grand Slam doubles tournaments with the partnership at one stage number one in the rankings.
Šafářová said that Steckley had no other engagements at the moment and they came to a quick agreement.
Snow showers with sunny spells are expected Sunday. Top temperatures will range between zero and three degrees Celsius.