• 04/14/2024

    Monday will be mostly overcast with rain and temperatures ranging between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/14/2024

    The opposition ANO party would win general elections in March with 34.5 percent voter support, suggests a freshly released poll by the Kantar Agency for Czech Television. ANO were slightly down compared to a February Kantar poll, while the Civic Democrats improved by 1.5 percent, receiving the backing of 16 percent of voters.

    The Pirate Party would come third with 10.5 percent of the vote, followed by the Freedom and Direct Democracy with 8 percent. The Mayors and Independents would also make it to the lower house with the backing of 6.5 percent of the votes.

    TOP 09 and the Social Democrats would not reach the five-percent threshold needed to win seats in the Chamber of Deputies, suggests the poll.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/14/2024

    The elite Czech MMA fighter Jiří Procházka defeated Aleksandar Rakic of Austria at UFC 300 event on Saturday in Las Vegas. The former light heavyweight champion secured the win by TKO at 3:17 of the second round.

    Procházka, who is 31, has been sidelined since last November, when he suffered a second round TKO loss to Alex Pereira in the fight at Madison Square Garden.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/14/2024

    The Czech women’s ice hockey team lost 0-4 to the favoured Canada in the semi-final of the World Championship in Utica in the United States. The Czechs will play Finland for the bronze medal in their final game of the tournament on Sunday evening.

    Meanwhile, Canada will face the United States for gold for the 22nd time in 23 tournaments the championships were established in 1990.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/14/2024

    The Foreign Ministry has urged Czechs in Israel to exercise maximum caution in the wake of Iran’s attack on the country and is considering tightening travel advise to Israel, the ministry’s spokesman Daniel Drake told the Czech News Agency. He also said the 84 Czech citizens registered in the DROZD travel system had been sent messages to that effect.

    The ministry on Friday issued a warning against travel to Iran and urged Czech citizens staying in the country to leave due to the security risks for EU citizens in the context of the current internal and international political situation.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/14/2024

    The Czech Foreign Ministry has condemned Iran’s attack on Israel that began late on Saturday evening. "Czechia firmly condemns the destabilizing behavior of Iran and its proxies who decided to attack Israel. We reiterate the Israeli right for self-defense. Iran’s long term aggressive behavior is preventing the Middle East region to live in peace and security," the ministry said on social networks.

    Words of support for Israel have also come from the Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala. “We stand firmly behind Israel and its right to defend itself,” he wrote on the X network.

    Iran launched a large-scale air strike on Israel on Saturday night in response to a recent attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus attributed to the Jewish state. According to the Israeli Army, Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles, 99 percent of which were intercepted.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/13/2024

    Tomio Okamura has been re-elected chairman of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party. He received the backing of 195 out of 216 delegates at a congress in Prague on Saturday. The result means that Mr. Okamura will lead the anti-migrant, Eurosceptic party – which he founded in 2015 – for another three years.

    Mr. Okamura opened the party conference, which was also attended by ex-president Miloš Zeman, by criticizing the government and rejecting war, migration and the euro.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/13/2024

    Sunday will be mostly sunny with day temperatures ranging between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/13/2024

    Civic Democratic Party chairman Petr Fiala was re-elected party leader at the party’s election conference in Ostrava on Saturday. Mr. Fiala, who has led the grouping since 2014, ran for the top post unchallenged and was supported by 424 delegates out of 525.

    In his speech to the assembly, Mr. Fiala said the party’s goal was to succeed in the elections to the Chamber of Deputies in 2025. Polls suggest the Civic Democrats have the support of 14 to 15 percent of voters.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/13/2024

    Josef Nuzík has officially become the new archbishop in Olomouc after he was officially inaugurated to the post by Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Czechia during a service in the city’s St. Wenceslas Cathedral on Saturday.

    The event, which was broadcast on a large screen on Olomouc’s Wenceslas Square, was attended by 24 bishops from Czechia and abroad as well as by government representatives and church leaders.

    Mr. Nuzík, who is 57, was appointed Archbishop of Olomouc by Pope Francis on 9 February. He replaces Jan Graubner in the office, who became Prague Archbishop in 2022.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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