• 01/25/2022

    The former head of the Czech Republic’s Energy Regulation Office, Alena Vitásková, is to stand for president. The 65-year-old announced her decision in a statement issued on Tuesday, saying she would reveal more information at a later date.

    The second term of incumbent Miloš Zeman is due to end early next year. Bookmakers say former prime minister Andrej Babiš is most likely to succeed him.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    Traffic on Czech roads and motorways has increased by around 10 percent compared to the year 2016, according to data released by the national Roads and Motorways Authority. The biggest increase was seen in haulage trucks, with over 20 percent.

    The results of a national “transport census” should be used by central institutions and regions as well as to help plan transport construction projects.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    The Chamber of Deputies Education Committee has supported a proposal under which school principals could introduce online lessons if many teachers were out due to Covid-19 and would be able to draw on up to 10 discretionary school closure days a year. The draft legislation was put forward by the minister of education, Petr Gazdík.

    The Education Committee has recommended that the lower house debate the idea in a fast-track procedure in the coming days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    The Czech government would like Washington to send a new US ambassador to Prague, Seznam Zprávy wrote on Tuesday. The Czech minister of defence, Jana Černochová, told the news site that the Trump administration had ended a year ago and the Biden government had not yet sent a replacement for Stephen King, a Trump appointee who left when Biden was inaugurated.

    Ms. Černochová said the failure to fill the position could be a “signal” and that the Czech Republic would deserve a new ambassador.

    Tomáš Pojar, an advisor to Prime Minister Petr Fiala on foreign affairs, said that it would certainly be better for relations if the US had an ambassador in Prague and the sooner one was installed the better.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    It should be largely overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to see similar weather.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    The Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejčíková has been knocked out of the Australian Open. The fourth seed lost 3-6 2-6 to American Madison Keys in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

    Krejčíková called for medical assistance near the end of the first set and struggled for the remainder of the match.

    She remains in the doubles competition in Melbourne, where she and Katerina Siniakova are set to compete in the quarter-finals.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/25/2022

    Some 30,350 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Monday, which is the highest single day tally since the pandemic began. The previous one-day record increase was a week earlier, with 28,494.

    Monday also saw 3,195 confirmed re-infections.

    There were 1,695 people in hospital with the coronavirus, a fall of 7 percent on the previous Monday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/24/2022

    The Czech foreign minister, Jan Lipavský, on Monday joined European Union counterparts in a discussion with the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, focused on Russia’s threat to Ukraine. Speaking after the call, Mr. Lipavský told reporters that the most effect cooperation was in the area of sanctions, which were currently being prepared behind closed doors on both sides of the Atlantic for the possibility of Russia attacking a neighbouring state.

    The Czech foreign policy chief said that EU states were not united on the specific form of sanctions, but said there were only minor nuances between their outlooks.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/24/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, with an average high temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to see similar weather.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/24/2022

    The average age of cars on Czech roads is the fifth highest in the European Union, according to data from the Car Importers Association cited by Czech Television on Monday.

    Last year cars driven by motorists in the Czech Republic were on average 15.6 years old, a rise of 0.3 years on 2020.

    In the last decade the average age of cars in the country increased by three years.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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