• Fifteen killed in road accidents over long weekend


    The three-day-long weekend was the most tragic on Czech roads since the start of the year, with the traffic police reporting 15 deaths.

    Six people were killed in traffic accidents on Friday evening alone, when thousands of people left the big cities and headed for their summer houses for the long weekend.

    Twenty people who were injured in accidents at the weekend are in serious condition, the ctk news agency reported.

  • Czech National Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to Ennio Morricone


    Czech cultural figures have been paying tribute to Ennio Morricone, one of the greatest movie composers of all time, who died on Sunday at the age of 91.

    The Italian composer worked closely with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recorded the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's film "The Hateful Eight" for which he won an Oscar, and BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.

    “Our cooperation with Ennio Morricone was crucial, unforgettable and unique, we will remember him with the greatest respect,” the orchestra wrote on Facebook.

    Ennio Moricone last conducted in Prague in January 2019, shortly after his 90th birthday.

  • Czech personalities send Dalai Lama birthday greetings


    Leading personalities of Czech cultural and social life, including Václav Havel’s widow Dagmar, Catholic priest and philosopher Tomáš Halík, Prague Mayor Zděnek Hřib and a number of senators from the Czech Parliamentary support group for Tibet recorded a video greeting to wish the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Sunday.

    The birthday greetings express admiration and respect for the Tibetan spiritual leader and a promise that they will continue to support the Tibetan cause.

    The video is being shared via social networks.

    The Dalai Lama was a close friend of the late Czech president Václav Havel and visited the country on several occasions.

  • Slovenia puts Czech Republic back on “safe” destinations list


    Slovenia will put the Czech Republic back on the list of “safe” destinations for travel as of June 7, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said on Twitter on Monday.

    The changed status will not concern the Moravia-Silesia region which is still considered medium-risk and whose citizens will be required to present a negative COVID 19 test or go into a 14-day quarantine upon entering the country. Because of the exception, Czech nationals can expect random checks on the border.

    Slovenia put the Czech Republic in the medium-risk category on Friday, followed by Latvia, Estonia and Cyprus. The move sparked intensive diplomatic negotiations during which Czech officials argued that the increased coronavirus figures are linked to a contained local outbreak in the Karvina region, in the eastern part of the country.

  • Striker Milan Baroš announces end of career due to health problems


    Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Czech Republic striker Milan Baroš has announced the end of his career at the age of 38.

    Speaking at a press briefing in Ostrava on Friday, the country’s second best striker, said his Achilles tendon was causing him too much discomfort for him to add another season.

    Banik’s captain bows out on Sunday in a game against Viktoria Pilsen. Milan Baroš’ international career ended after the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, where the Czech Republic made the last eight. In 92 international matches, Baroš hit 41 times.

  • Weather forecast


    Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius. Sunday should also be warm and sunny with clouds building up in the afternoon hours.

  • Brno Grand Prix to be held without spectators this year


    The motorcycle Grand Prix in Brno will be held without spectators this year, in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. The organizers of the popular rally said the purchased tickets for the event will remain valid next year. The event will take place on the Masaryk Circuit from August 7 to 9. The Motorcycle Grand Prix Brno is one of the largest sporting events in the country and annually draws a quarter of a million fans from around the world.

  • OKD closing its coal mines for six weeks over COVID 19


    The OKD mining company has gradually started closing its two black coal mines in the Karviná region. The company’s management has ordered operation in the mines to be suspended for six weeks due to the spread of coronavirus infection among the miners. 850 miners and family members have tested positive for COVID 19 since the infection was first registered at the mines in mid-May. A skeleton staff of around 200 people will remain in the mines for routine work related to maintenance and safety.

  • Central bank: no need to further loosen monetary policy


    The members of the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank agreed on Friday that there is no need to further loosen monetary policy in connection with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Its drastic easing, which took place in previous months, was, according to the board, adequate and creates sufficiently relaxed monetary conditions.

    As the crisis unfolded the central bank cut all key interest rates in three steps. It first lowered the key two-week repo rate by 0.5 percentage point on 16 March 2020, then by another 0.75 percentage point on 26 March 2020 and by another 0.75 percentage point on 7 May. The two-week repo rate is currently set at 0.25%, the Lombard rate at 1.00% and the discount rate at 0.05%.

  • Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia take Czech Republic off their list of “safe” countries for travel


    Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia have taken the Czech Republic off their list of safe countries for travel. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček confirmed the news on Friday saying that Czechs entering these countries would be required to go into a two-week quarantine or produce a negative COVID 19 test no older than 36 hours. Transit through Slovenia will still be possible.

    The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, protested against the move on Friday, asking his Slovenian counterpart to reconsider the decision. He said the increased number of infected persons in recent days were due to a local outbreak.

    Foreign Minister Petříček said he had received assurances from his Slovenian counterpart that the Czech Republic would be included on the list of safe destinations as soon as the number of infected per 100,000 inhabitants drops to below ten. It is currently 14 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.