• 06/25/2022

    The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová has won the tennis tournament in the UK’s Eastbourne for her first title in 15 months. The 32-year-old beat Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 in Saturday’s final of a competition that directly proceeds the Wimbledon tournament.

    It was the 29th career trophy for Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, her only Grand Slam titles.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    Czech international Jan Kuchta has joined Sparta Prague football club from Locomotive Moscow. The 25-year-old striker has signed a one-year loan deal that also gives Sparta the option to make the move permanent after that period.

    Kuchta only joined the Russian club from city rivals Slavia Prague in January this year, for EUR 5 million. He has four caps with the Czech national team.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    It should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic on Sunday, with an average high temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. Monday is also expected to see clear skies, and temperatures of 31 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    One of the Czech Republic’s biggest military shows for the general public, on former army territory at Brdy in Central Bohemia, takes place on Saturday. The Ground Forces Day – Mud 2022 event involves the army, police, fire service and prison service and features a flyover and displays of vintage military equipment. The annual show has been running since the early 1990s.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    The Czech minister for European affairs, Mikuláš Bek, says it is time for the country to develop a regular European policy and not to overly focus on the Visegrad Four group, which also includes Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

    Speaking in an interview for Czech Radio on Saturday, Mr. Bek said that the V4 had had a clear political objective in admission to the EU and NATO. Since that was achieved the connection has weakened and Visegrad has been a communication platform among ministers, prime ministers and presidents.

    He said the group was often not a genuine four but in fact a two-plus-two or three-plus-one.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    Junior government coalition party the Pirates have joined the opposition in calling for a special session of the Czech lower house to discuss a scandal centred on Prague’s transport authority. The Pirates say they want to accelerate three amendments that they say will help uncover corruption, specifically modifying records of genuine owners and the laws on conflict of interest and access to information.

    Twelve people have been charged, including a councillor from the Mayors and Independents, over suspected large-scale corruption and the affair has led to the resignation of the minister of education.

    The Mayors and Independents ran in general elections in a coalition with the Pirates, but did significantly better in terms of seats won.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/25/2022

    Czech government coalition party the Mayors and Independents are proposing MP Vladimír Balaš as new minister of education, representatives said after a meeting of the grouping’s executive. Mr. Balaš – a constitutional lawyer – will follow Petr Gazdík, who is stepping down at the end of the month after being linked to the alleged ringleader of a criminal conspiracy.

    On Monday Mr. Balaš is due to speak with Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who will discuss the education minister’s post with President Miloš Zeman that evening.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/24/2022

    Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to her first grass-court final in four years by beating Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Eastbourne on Friday. Kvitova will face defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final. It will be her first grass court final since 2018.

  • 06/24/2022

    Saturday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in places and day temperatures between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.

  • 06/24/2022

    The Senate has publicly criticized Ombudsman Stanislav Křeček for making “prejudiced and xenophobic remarks” about certain groups of society. A resolution, passed by 25 out of 45 Senators present, calls on the Ombudsman to act “justly and impartially” in accordance with his office, saying that his remarks may put off discriminated persons from speaking out in their own defense. Mr. Křeček has in the past been criticized for anti-Roma statements, for instance when he expressed the view that Romanies did not have a problem finding accommodation because of discrimination but because they quickly destroyed the flats they were given. The Ombudsman rejected the criticism as an attack on his right to free speech.

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