Daily news summary

V4 presidents support EU integration of Western Balkans

Heads of state of the V4 countries have expressed their support for the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union and called for accelerating the process during a two-day meeting in Szekszard in Hungary, which got underway on Friday.

According to the Czech President Miloš Zeman, who attended the summit with his Hungarian, Polish and Slovak counterparts, they have also agreed that there was a risk of spreading radical Islam in Bosnia. The heads of state have also talked about ecology or digitization.

Two new bishops consecrated in Olomouc

Two new bishops of the Olomouc Archdiocese were consecrated at a ceremony in the cathedral of St Wenceslas on Saturday. The newly ordained bishops, Antonín Basler and Josef Nuzík, had been appointed to the office by Pope Francis in June this year. They were consecrated by Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc.

The ceremony in the cathedral of St Wenceslas was attended by around two thousand people, including several other bishops from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and representatives of the political and public life.

Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková receives Student Academy Award

Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his short film Oil Gobblers.

‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.

Karel Gott receives Germany's Golden Hen award

Czech singer Karel Gott received the Golden Hen (Goldene Henne) award for lifetime achievement in Leipzig on Friday night. The singer, who is 78, has a huge fan base in Germany, where he is known as ‘the Golden Voice of Prague,’ and has been regularly appearing on German TV shows. Goldene Henne is Germany’s biggest audience award and has been presented since 1995. Gott is the second Czech to receive the prize. In 2009 it was awarded to the late Czech president Václav Havel in recognition of his life-time political work.

Above-average temperatures expected in next four weeks

Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the next four weeks should be above average for the time of year, according to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Next week is expected to be the warmest, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees Celsius. The remaining weeks should be slightly cooler, with daytime highs only around 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should be average or slightly below average for the time of year.

Tennis: Barbora Strýcová through to Linz final

Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the final round of WTA event in Linz. In Saturday’s match, the 31-year-old Czech beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 7-6 In the final round, Strýcová will face the winner of the match between Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková or Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.


Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with daytime temperatures ranging between 18 ad 22 degrees Celsius.