Daily news summary

Heřmanov in Vysočina named village of year

Heřmanov in the Vysočina region has been named the 2017 Czech Village of the Year. The mayor of Heřmanov, Pavla Chadimová, said it had only around 200 inhabitants but that they all worked together. She said the fact the village wasn’t wealthy inspired the locals to work harder to maintain it.

Second among the 13 finalists in the competition was Lukavice in the Pardubice region, while Slavkov in the Zlín region placed third.

Weather forecast

It should be rainy with temperatures of around 13 degrees Celsius in the Czech Republic on Monday. Forecasters say we can expect similar weather conditions throughout the week.

Šafářová fails to reach final in Quebec

Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has been knocked out in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Quebec. She missed out on what would have been her first final of the season after losing 6-7 4-6 to Timea Babos of Hungary in Saturday’s encounter.

Šafářová, who is 30, lifted the title in Quebec in 2013 and was seeded first in this year’s tournament.

Zeman flies to New York ahead of UN address

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, is due to fly to New York on Sunday ahead of a speech this week at the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Zeman is expected to discuss the battle against terrorism in his address on Tuesday.

A day earlier the Czech head of state will receive an award from the Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Foundation in recognition of his long-term support for Israel. He will also have lunch with Czech-born businesswoman Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of US President Donald Trump.

Departing deputy satirises lower house in new book

ANO MP Martin Komárek has written a satire based on his experiences in the Czech lower house. The book is entitled A Dangerous Band, or the Czech Deputy and Other Retarded Species (Nebezpečné stádo aneb poslanec český a jiné retardované druhy). The author writes that he has observed his fellow MPs “like Diane Fossey among gorillas”.

Mr. Komárek, who was previously a newspaper columnist, is not standing for re-election in next month’s general elections.

“Cosy Dens” author Petr Šabach dies at 66

The Czech writer Petr Šabach died on Saturday at the age of 66, a representative of his publishers said on Sunday. The Prague-born author’s short stories became the basis for the hugely popular movies Cosy Dens (Pelíšky) and Big Beat (Šakalí léta), as well as other films by director Jan Hřebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovský.

Šabach’s son said that the writer had died at home according to his wishes and that there would not be a public funeral.

Czechs exit Davis Cup elite World Group after defeat to Dutch

The Czech men’s tennis team have been knocked out of the World Group in the Davis Cup. It is only the second time the Czech Republic have exited the top level of the competition and comes after a 2:3 defeat to the Netherlands at the weekend.

The Czechs – without big names Tomáše Berdych and Radek Štěpánek – had been leading 2:1 on matches going into Sunday, but Jiří Veselý lost to Robin Haas before Lukáš Rosol was beaten by Thiemo de Bakker in the decisive fifth match.

Ninety-thousand attend NATO show over two days

Around 90,000 people attended a NATO military show in north Moravia over two days at the weekend, organisers said. The NATO Days event took place at the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava.

Almost all of the planned flyovers had to be cancelled due to bad weather on Sunday, which saw attendance of 25,000 compared to over 65,000 on the opening day.