While the beauty of the ruins of Antiquity have been accepted beyond the slightest doubt, more recent ruins are viewed much differently. In the exhibition Crepuscular, Romanian photographer Serban Bonciocat has taken striking images of the industrial ruins of his own country and brought them to Prague, where a similar history has led to an abundance of similarly unappreciated industrial ruins.
Czechs who voted two years ago for one of the parties that made up the original center-right coalition government led by Prime Minister Petr Nečas (Civic Democrats, ODS) are the least likely to support the same party again, a poll released Thursday shows.
Leftist Czech political parties are in seventh heaven. Opinion polls conducted by the major agencies all put the Social Democrats (ČSSD) well in front should parliamentary elections be held now (and a third of the Senate seats are up in the autumn). The Communist Party (KSČM), meanwhile, is also gaining ground, ready to bank on attracting protest voters uninterested in its ideology – all the way to second place.
The Czech government has proposed clamping down on anonymous ownership of companies through the controversial use of “bearer shares”; if signed into law, the draft proposal agreed by the cabinet on Wednesday would require the beneficial owners of firms to register them with the stock exchange or financial offices.
The Czech Republic is one of the least religious countries in the world. Oddly, though, most major cities are filled with churches ranging from historical landmarks to hidden gems. Many are only open to the public a few minutes before or after services, and some not even that much. On Church Night (Noc kostelů), these venues reach out to the general public with music, services and tours.
Senator Jiří Dienstbier (Social Democrats, ČSSD) has topped the list of most popular Czech politician since September, with more than half of those polled saying they have a “somewhat” or “very” favorable opinion of him — which bodes well for his likely bid for the presidency next spring, when the first direct elections to choose a head of state are held.
Michal Bílek had few surprises in his 23-payer squad for the European Championships, the midfield switch of Vladimír Darida in place of Daniel Pudil already having been given a lot of local coverage. The main worry is still the health of captain Tomáš Rosický, although he insists he is on the road to recovery from a calf muscle strain, and the Polish hotel.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech looks like seeing out his top level football career at English club Chelsea after signing an extension to his existing contract taking it up to the middle of 2016. The Czech national keeper has also moved into the top 20 best paid footballers worldwide, according to reports.