• 01/28/2023

    Early reports from polling stations indicate a record turnout of around 70 percent in the second round of presidential elections. The turnout in the first round reached 68.2. The higher turnout in the second round is attributed to the aggressive and emotionally charged campaign which Prime Minister Petr Fiala described as “the worst in the country’s modern history”.

  • 01/28/2023

    The number of newly registered cases of Covid-19 infections in Czechia have risen by 15 percent in the last seven days compared to data from the previous week, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of infected people has increased despite a decrease in the number of tests conducted. However, the number of people hospitalized with Covid is reported to have decreased. Laboratories in Czechia registered over 1,900 Covid infections in the past seven days, compared to 1,700 the previous week. Over 3,300 people were tested, down eight per cent week-on-week.

  • 01/28/2023

    Prague City Hall has made a bid for Jindřišska Tower in the city centre, which the Prague Archbishopric has put up for sale for 75 million crowns, Jan Chabr, Prague city councilor for property, told Czech Radio. Some 30 other bidders have also shown an interest in acquiring the property. The tower is part of the historic core of the city which is on the UNESCO list of cultural and natural heritage. The 15th century building is almost 66 metres high and is equipped with an elevator. The ten floors of the tower house a restaurant, souvenir shop, café, gallery and a permanent exhibition. The tower is also used for cultural programs, exhibitions and theatre performances and concerts. The belfry, with its bell Maria from 1518, offers a panoramic view of the Prague skyline.

  • 01/28/2023

    The last group of Czech soldiers who served in the EU training mission in Mali on Friday received medals from Defense Minister Jana Černochová at a special ceremony at Prague's Vítkov Memorial. Czech soldiers were part of an EU task force that helped Mali fight Islamist militias. The EU countries taking part decided to withdraw the taskforce last year due to a lack of interest in maintaining the force on the part of the Mali leadership.

  • 01/28/2023

    A number of Czech websites were hacked on the first day of voting in the second round of presidential elections, the ctk news agency reported. The attacks are believed to have been the work of the Russian  No Name 057 group. Among the sites hit were the website of presidential candidate Petr Pavel and that of the Czech Foreign Ministry. Security experts say the attacks may continue over the weekend, targeting websites reporting on the election results.

  • 01/28/2023

    Czechs are voting in a second round of presidential elections to find a successor to President Miloš Zeman, whose second term in office ends on March 8. The two contenders for the top post, who are facing each other in a runoff, are retired army general Petr Pavel and billionaire former prime minister Andrej Babiš.

    Polling stations around the country reopened at 8am on Saturday and will close at 2pm CET. The result is expected between 3 and 4pm.

  • 01/27/2023

    The Brno Philharmonic is set to perform seven concerts in the United States this year, Czech Television reports. The tour will begin in New York’s Carnegie Hall on February 8, where the philharmonic will perform Philip Glass’ Symphony nr. 12 Lodger. Several Czech compositions are also set to be performed by the orchestra alongside the works of contemporary US composers.

    It is the first time since 1973 that the Brno Philharmonic will be touring the US, only one of the orchestra’s current members partook in last century’s tour.

    Aside from Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonic will also be performing at Ann Arbor, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara, Northridge, Kansas City and Lubbock.

  • 01/27/2023

    Leading Czechs officials are marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day through a variety events this Friday. At a special commemoration organised by the Senate, the speaker of the upper-house, Miloš Vystrčil said that it is important to remember the victims of the Holocaust because totalitarianism, authoritarianism and hate are still present in today’s world, using Russia’s current actions in its conflict with Ukraine as an example.

    Attending the event was also the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, who said that the gathering was taking place to honour those who maintained their humanity in the darkest hours of recent history.

    A special exhibition titled “Invisible Synagogues” is also being held in conjunction with the Senate-organised commemoration. It features images made by photographer Štěpán Bartoš of spaces across Czechia where Jewish synagogues used to stand.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an array of events focused on commemorating the victims of the Holocaust as well as preventing crimes against humanity. Aside from Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, these are being attended by various diplomats, ambassadors and representatives of Jewish organisation, among them Holocaust survivors.

  • 01/27/2023

    Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková advanced into the final of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open on Friday after beating Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Marta Kostyuk 6:2 6:2. The Czech duo won all but one of the doubles Grand Slams last year and haven’t been beaten at a major tournament for 23 games in a row. They will be defending their Australian Open title against Japans Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara on Sunday.

  • 01/27/2023

    Czech President Miloš Zeman does not currently need to apologise to his former advisor Zdeňek Šarapatka for falsely claiming that the latter lost his job at the Office of Government due to incompetence, the country’s Supreme Court decided on Thursday. The ruling was made following a proposal by President Zeman’s lawyer. The Supreme Court is also set to look into the case once more.

    Mr Šarapatka, who originally sued the president and issued a property seizure proposal against Mr Zeman after the head of state refused to apologise, reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision by stating on Twitter that it shows not all citizens are equal in front of the law.

    Miloš Zeman said in November 2017 that Mr Šarapatka was fired from his position at the Office of the Government for incompetence. However, the former advisor said he left his job after a mutual agreement by both parties and a subsequent trial ruled in his favour.

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