• 09/18/2023

    Czech President Petr Pavel and Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský landed on American soil on Sunday evening for the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, which starts on Monday. Mr Pavel is leading the Czech delegation at the General Assembly for the first time since taking office. It will also be the first time a Czech president has addressed the assembly in six years, as since 2017 Czechia has been represented at the UN by either the prime minister or the foreign minister, rather than the president.

    The main topics at the assembly are expected to be the war in Ukraine and climate change. Mr Pavel is due to give a speech on Monday at a summit about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and again as part of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Mr Lipavský will deliver a speech regarding the upcoming Summit of the Future.

    President Pavel also has about a dozen bilateral meetings planned on the sidelines of the assembly, including with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Liechtenstein's Grand Duke Hans Adam II.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/18/2023

    A short animated film by Daria Kashcheeva, a student of Prague’s Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), has won the Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Her film Electra, which doubles as her master’s thesis project, explores the ramifications of a father's absence with regard to his young daughter's psychological, emotional, and sexual development.

    Kashcheeva previously won a student Oscar in 2019 for her short animated film Daughter, which was also nominated for Best Animated Short at the American Academy Awards and was shown in Short Cuts at the Toronto International Film Festival in the same year.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    Around 185,000 people attended NATO Days over the course of the weekend, around 75,000 more than last year, the Czech News Agency reports. Around 100,000 attended on Saturday and 85,000 on Sunday.

    The event, taking place at Ostrava’s Mošnov Airport, is the biggest air, military and security show in Central Europe.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    In addition to Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, Jana Kánská, the daughter of Milada Horáková, is also on board President Petr Pavel's flight to New York for the UN General Assembly, which starts on Monday. The president's advisor, Petr Kolář, told Czech daily Deník N that the decision to invite Jana Kánská on board was made at the last minute.

    Ms. Kánská is a long-term resident of the USA but was visiting the Czech Republic and was due to return home on September 14. However, while spending the weekend at Mr Kolář's summer cottage, he asked her if she wanted to postpone her departure and fly with them to New York. She and the president were both keen to take up the offer as they had narrowly missed each other in Prague.

    According to Mr Kolář, Mr Pavel had wanted to personally thank Ms Kánská for her support in his presidential campaign. The presidential advisor described the meeting as "very pleasant and moving" and said that the two talked at great length.

    Once the plane lands in New York, Jana Kánská plans to head straight from there to Bethesda in the state of Maryland, where she lives.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    The Czech economy is at risk of stagnation, Dominik Stroukal, a member of the National Economic Council of the Government (NERV) told Czech Television on Sunday. Therefore, in approximately two weeks, both NERV and the Czech Chamber of Commerce are presenting recommendations to the government on how to kickstart the economy again.

    The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Zdeněk Zajíček, said that fundamental steps need to be taken within a matter of months in the areas of energy, transport, data networks, affordable housing, labour market liberalization, education and science, and research and innovation. He would like the strategic investments to be approved by March next year.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    The Czech National Bank expects inflation to decrease to around two percent early next year, the bank's governor Aleš Michl said on CNN Prima News on Sunday. He attributed the recent reduction in inflation to the strict fiscal policy the central bank has been following and said that he expects this trend of decreasing inflation to continue.

    However, he ruled out an early interest rate cut in the coming months and said that people should rather expect higher interest rates over the next five years than they have been used to in the past decade. He added that he doesn't expect money ever to be as cheap as it was back in 2016 and 2017, when interest rates were sometimes even as low as zero and a large amount of money was printed. He described this as one of the biggest economic mistakes by a central bank in history and said that he wants to make sure that Czechia never again has the highest core inflation in the EU.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    Monday is expected to be somewhat overcast, with a chance of rain in the evening and overnight. Daytime temperatures are expected to range between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    Before leaving for their flight to New York for the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský and President Petr Pavel told journalists that they want to lobby for Czechia's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in nine years' time. President Pavel said that he has been pushing for Czechia's candidacy since he took office in March. Mr. Lipavský emphasised that these efforts are only just beginning.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    President Petr Pavel departed for the USA on Sunday, where he will lead the Czech delegation during the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Along with the president, the delegation will also include Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, who will deliver a speech regarding the upcoming Summit of the Future. The main topics at the assembly are expected to be the war in Ukraine and climate change.

    The President's program will begin on Monday when he is due to give a speech at a summit about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He will also speak the following two days, as part of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and during an open debate at the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Wednesday. A tense atmosphere is expected at the latter event as Russian and Ukrainian representatives will likely both be there. It has been announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will also attend the General Assembly; however, it is not yet certain whether he will participate in the Security Council meeting.

    Pavel also has about a dozen bilateral meetings planned on the sidelines of the assembly, including with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Liechtenstein's Grand Duke Hans Adam II. He will also meet with members of the American Jewish community and with General John Allen.

    A gala dinner will be held on Wednesday on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the independent Czech and Slovak Republics, at which Pavel and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová are due to give short speeches. The president will end his trip with a tour of the American branch of the Czech arms holding company Colt CZ Group in Hartford, formerly the well-known American arms manufacturer Colt, which was bought in 2021 by Česká zbrojovka Group SE.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/17/2023

    The second and final day of NATO Days, the biggest air, military and security show in Central Europe, was kicked off with an airshow by the Polish aerobatic group Zelazny at Ostrava’s Mošnov Airport on Sunday. Unlike on Saturday, when several-kilometre-long queues of cars formed around the airport, especially in the morning as crowds flocked to the event and again in the afternoon and evening when they were leaving, traffic flowed mostly smoothly. Approximately 100,000 people are reported to have attended the first day of the event.

    Author: Anna Fodor

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