• 10/22/2021

    Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius.

  • 10/22/2021

    Charles University vice-rector Milena Králíčková was elected the new rector of Charles University on Friday. She received 55 votes from the academic senate, from a total of 69 members present. After being confirmed in office by the president, she will become the first woman to head the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. She will replace outgoing rector Tomáš Zima and take up her post in February of next year.

  • 10/22/2021

    Newly-elected MP Olga Richterová from the Pirate Party says someone smashed the glass window of her office in Francouzská Street in Prague on Thursday night. A candidate for the post of deputy-chair in the new Chamber of Deputies, Richterová said on Facebook that she had reported the matter to the police. She said she did not consider the incident a random act of vandalism, given the frequent threats and hate speech against her and the Pirate Party.

  • 10/22/2021

    The head of Poland's Solidarity Union Piotr Duda says the Czech position on the expansion of Poland’s Turow coal mine near the common border will have fatal consequences for bilateral relations and will inevitably impact cooperation within the Visegrad Group of which the two states are members. Piotr Duda led a trade union protest outside the EU Court of Justice in Luxemburg on Friday, which is dealing with a complaint from the Czech Republic and ordered Poland to close the mine until a final ruling on the case. Poland has refused to do so and has been slapped with a fine of EUR 500,000 per day for non-compliance with the May ruling. A  protest also took place outside the Czech embassy in Luxemburg.

  • 10/22/2021

    The parties creating the new Czech government say they will affect a change of course in foreign policy. According to Ondřej Kolář from TOP 09, slated for the post of foreign minister, the Czech Republic will seek to implement a foreign policy based on Vaclav Havel’s values, accentuating human rights and civil society, and active membership in the EU and NATO. There are plans to revise relations with Russia and China, and loosen the country’s ties with the Visegrad Group. “Poland and Hungary can no longer serve as examples for us,” Kolář told journalists.

  • 10/22/2021

    The steady rise in new Covid cases continues. The Czech Republic registered 3,638 new cases of Covid 19 on Thursday, over 2,000 more than on the same day a week ago. The number of people hospitalized with Covid has also grown by around 70, and is now at 771 , of which 119 are in intensive care. Fifty-eight people have died of Covid or related complications over the past seven days, twice as many as in the whole month of August. Stricter measures against the spread of coronavirus are due to come into force on Monday.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/22/2021

    Over 7,000 homes are still without power due to the gale-force winds that hit the Czech Republic on Thursday. A spokesperson for the state-controlled utility ČEZ said the majority of affected households are located in Central Bohemia.

    The highest wind speed recorded was registered on the Sněžka Mountain, where it reached 151 kilometres per hour.

    Firefighters on Thursday responded to around 3,500 calls and have been working around the clock to clear roads and railway lines from fallen trees. A number of rail links were still not operating on Friday morning.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    The head of the Office of the President, Vratislav Mynář, has objected to allegations that he or anyone else manipulated or forged the President Miloš Zeman's signature on a document convening the new Chamber of Deputies in early November.

    At a press briefing on Thursday, Mr Mynář presented video footage showing the president signing the document in question in the presence of the chairman of the lower house, Radek Vondráček. He also said he was ready to cooperate with the police.

    As regards informing about the president’s state of health, Mr Mynář said the office has proceeded in line with relevant legislation.

    He also announced that the traditional awarding of state honours on 28 October will be postponed to a later date unless the head of state decides otherwise.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    China has expressed anger over the planned visit of a Taiwanese delegation of government officials and business people to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania, the Reuters agency wrote on Thursday. The 65-member group, led by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, will visit the three countries between October 20 and 30 to promote trade ties and investment.

    During his visit to the Czech capital, the Taiwanese foreign minister is due to meet with Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and with the chairman of the Czech Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, who headed a Czech delegation to Taiwan last year. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Lithuania have all donated COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan and have shown interest in deepening relations with the country despite opposition from China.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    Over 260,000 homes, predominantly in Central Bohemia, have been left without power due to gale-force winds that have been battering the Czech Republic since Thursday morning with a force of up to 120 kilometres an hour.

    Firefighters and emergency crews have been working around the clock to clear roads and railway lines from fallen trees. A number of rail links have had to be scrapped.

    In Prague, tram service has been distrupted and the Václav Havel Airport was forced to temporarily suspended operation. A high wind warning remains in place throughout the day. Several injuries have so far been reported.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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