• 09/23/2021

    Former Czech president Václav Klaus has been admitted to hospital for the second time in a matter of weeks. A spokesperson said the 80-year-old was suffering from high blood pressure, the same problem that saw him taken into Prague’s Central Military Hospital the first time.

    The spokesperson said Mr. Klaus, who also served as Czech prime minister, was not expected to stay in hospital for long.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, called off a planned trip to Budapest in order to avoid meeting his Czech counterpart, Andrej Babiš, the Polish news site wPolityce.pl reported.

    The site said this was intended as a signal to Prague, which has been in conflict with Poland over a mine on the Polish side of their joint border.

    Poland has been ordered by the EU to pay huge fines over the Turow mine, which the Czech Republic says is contaminating water on its side of the border.

    Mr. Morawiecki had been due to speak at a conference on demographics in the Hungarian capital.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    There were 526 freshly confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The number was almost identical to that recorded on the same day last week.

    At present there are 165 people in hospital with the coronavirus, which represents a slight fall. Twenty-four are in a critical condition.

    The reproduction number was at 1.05 for the second day in a row.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    Supervising state attorney Jaroslav Šaroch erred by not responding immediately to information about a fraud case involving Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the supreme state attorney said on Thursday.

    In a statement, Lenka Bradáčová said Mr. Šaroch had failed to react to new information concerning the possible questioning of witnesses in the Stork’s Nest case, where Mr. Babiš is accusing of unlawfully acquiring CZK 50 million in EU subsidies.

    This had caused delays in the case, Ms. Bradáčová said.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    The 26th edition of Book World Prague got underway at the city’s Výstaviště Industrial Palace on Thursday. The trade fair features 152 stands. In previous years it attracted around 50,000 literature fans annually, but organisers said they expected lower turnout this time due to Covid restrictions.

    The 2021 Book World Prague has a special focus on French literature. It runs until Sunday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    It should be mainly cloudy in the Czech Republic on Friday, with an average high temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs will reach up to 23 degrees Celsius at the weekend.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    The most successful Czech rower of all time, Ondřej Synek, has announced his retirement at the age of 38. Synek is a five-time world champion in single skulls and earned silver medals at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012 and bronze in 2016.

    He was unable to take part in this year’s Olympics in Tokyo for health reasons.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/23/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he will propose that Czech soldiers and police again help patrol Hungary’s border with Serbia, following a request by his counterpart Viktor Orbán.

    Prague has already donated 12 military tents to Budapest. The request to deploy some 50 Czechs along that border came during Mr Babiš’s ongoing visit to Hungary.

    On Wednesday, he visited a guard post along the 175-kilometre barbed wire fence Mr Orbán had erected in 2015 during the “refugee crisis”.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/23/2021

    At the age of 92, Lubor Šušlík, who took part in anti-Nazi and anti-communist resistance, passed away on Tuesday. He fought in the Prague Uprising against and defended Czech Radio.

    During the Second World War, he was forced to work on the construction of fortresses in the cities of Olomouc and Hlučín. He was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to death, but thanks to the end of the war he saved his life.

    After 1949, as a member of the National Defence Union, Šušlík intended to take part in an uprising against the communist regime but was arrested and spent half a year in prison.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    Thursday should see partly cloudy to clear skies throughout most of the Czech Republic. Average daytime highs of 20 degrees Celsius are expected.

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