Israel’s Netanyahu thanks Czech PM for UN vote
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke over the phone with his Czech counterpart, Petr Nečas, over the weekend to express his gratitude for the Czech vote against the Palestinian status upgrade at the United Nations, the news website Jerusalem Post reported. In Thursday’s vote in the UN General Assembly, the Czech Republic was the only EU country to vote against the bid. Mr Netanyahu also said he would stop in Prague on his way to Germany next week to personally thank the Czech Republic for voting with Israel. .
Czech banks post higher profits in Q1-3
Czech banks posted higher annual profits in the first three quarters of this year, according to figures released by the Czech central bank on Sunday. Their net profits increased by 10 billion crowns and reached 52.2 billion crowns. The banks’ interest returns were one percent higher while fees and commissions generated 2.5 less revenues than in the same period last year. The highest increase in profits was reported by Česká spořitelna which made 11.8 billion crowns, representing a 23-percent rise; Komerční banka’s profits reached 10.9 billion crowns which was 55 percent more than last year.