Morning News: Monday, September 19, 2022

If your day doesn’t start until you’re up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to our new morning fix. 

 

  • The architect Vlado Milunic, who was born in Croatia but spent almost all his life in Czechia, has died at the age of 81. He is best-known for co-designing Prague’s now iconic Dancing Building with the American architect Frank Gehry.

 

  • A freshly published opinion poll by the STEM agency suggests ANO would have won elections in September with 30 percent of the vote. The survey puts Tomio Okamura’s anti-EU Freedom and Democracy Party second on 14.3 percent, just ahead of government leaders the Civic Democrats on 14.2 percent.

 

  • A long-standing employee of the Czech Foreign Ministry cooperated with the Russian intelligence service (SVR) and leaked secret information to them, according to reports in Denik N on Thursday. The official had to leave the ministry, wrote Denik N, corroborated by the Aktualne.cz and Respekt.cz news sites.

 

  • According to Median’s August election model, Andrej Babiš and Petr Pavel would advance to the second round of the presidential election, with Danuše Nerudová finishing third. Although Babiš is leading, he would lose in a duel with Pavel in the second round, according to the poll. Babiš has not yet announced his candidacy.

 

  • A new-born girl was placed in a babybox in Třebíč on Wednesday morning. She was given the name Elizabeth in honour of the late British Queen, the founder of the Czech baby box network, Ludvík Hess said.

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