• 10/11/2021

    The European Commission “in due time” will issue a payment request calling on Poland to pay penalties imposed by the EU’s top court in the ongoing dispute with the Czech Republic over the former’s Turów lignite mine, an EC spokesman said on Monday.

    The European Court of Justice had ordered Poland to stop activities of the Turow mine near the Czech border. Warsaw ignored the order, and so the court on September 20 imposed a daily fine of 500,000 euros on Poland until it complies.

    Czech authorities want Poland to halt the expansion of the Turów mine due to concerns about its impact on water and air quality, among other things. Bilateral talks have failed to result in an agreement.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček said on Monday that Germany’s Volkswagen Group has delayed a decision until mid-2022 on where to build a new electric car battery plant gigafactory.

    The Czech Republic, home to Volkswagen Group’s Škoda Auto, is among the candidates. A possible site is the former brown coal-fired power plant Prunerov 1 owned by power utility ČEZ.

    Havlíček and ČEZ signed a memorandum on the support of such a project this summer.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    The Czech football team face Belarus on Monday evening for the penultimate of eight World Cup qualifiers.

    After last Friday’s home draw 2: 2 with Wales, the Czech team needs a win in Group E in order to have a chance at second place and competing the playoffs for the championship.

    Monday’s match will take place in neutral Russia as European airlines have banned flights to Belarus as part of sanctions. It will also be played without spectators.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová lost to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters in California in two sets (5:7, 4:6). Before the tournament, she had announced it would be her last match of the season.

    Kvitová’s compatriots Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková have made the doubles quarterfinals despite losing to Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway and Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in two sets (6:3, 6:2).

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    Czech and German rescuers searched overnight without success for an eight-year-old German girl who went missing Sunday on Čerchov Hill in the Domažlice region.

    A total of some 200 people, mainly firefighters and police officers, took part in the search on both sides of the border, Czech police spokeswoman Veronika Hokrová told ČTK.

    Čerchov Hill, just a few kilometres from the border with Germany, is the highest peak in the region, and temperatures dropped to around zero degrees Celsius overnight.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    This September was the fourth driest on Czech territory since 1961. Only 23 millimetres of rainfall was recorded, about 40 percent the average amount over the past 30 years.

    September was also the 11th warmest in the past 61 years. It was, however, preceded by the seventh-rainiest summer, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    Consumer prices grew at an unusually high rate for the third month in a row, the Czech Statistics Agency reported on Monday. September saw inflation grow, year-on-year, by 4.9 percent, also exceeding the previous month of August by 0.8 percent. A higher year-on-year rate of inflation was last registered in 2008.

    September inflation was about 1.7 percentage points higher than forecast by the Czech National Bank. The main reason is the development of core inflation or faster growth of food prices. The rise in prices was most affected by increased cost of housing and transport, according to the Czech Statistics Agency. Analysts say that they expected inflation to grow, but at a slower rate.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 10/11/2021

    Zátopek, a biopic about one of Czechoslovakia’s greatest athletes, has been selected to represent the Czech Republic by the country’s Film and Television Academy at the upcoming Oscar nominations. The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its candidate selection on December 21, with nominations announced in early February. The Oscars themselves are scheduled to be held on March 27.

    The Czech Film and Television Academy selected Zátopek out of 13 of the country’s films, documentary’s and animated movies. The drama focuses on the personality of the four-time Olympic winner, who still inspires athletes all over the world.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 10/10/2021

    During Sunday’s coalition talks the Pirates and Mayors agreed that the Pirate Party will have its own club within the Chamber of Deputies and, if the two parties become part of government, at least one ministry, Czech Television reports. Chairman Ivan Bartoš could become Vice Premier for digitisation, according to Seznam Zprávy. Meanwhile, the Mayors and Independents want four ministries in a possible future government with the SPOLU coalition. There are currently 14 ministries in the Czech Republic.

    In the polls the Pirates were viewed as the stronger coalition partner ahead of the legislative election. However, due to preferential voting, the party ended up getting just four seats in the Chamber of Deputies compared to the 33 secured by the Mayors and Independents. Nevertheless, as was highlighted on Saturday by Mayors and Independents Chairman Vít Rakušan, both parties agreed to act as one coalition in the next formation of the Chamber of Deputies.

    The Pirates themselves are currently going through a period of intra-party discussion with some members asking for Chairman Ivan Bartoš to resign, according to media reports.

    The Pirates and Mayors, together with the SPOLU coalition, agreed on a memorandum on Saturday in which they pledged to attempt to form a government and asked President Zeman to name SPOLU leader Petr Fiala prime minister.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 10/10/2021

    Ten-year-old chestnut stallion Talent and his jockey Pavel Složil won this year’s Grand Pardubice steeplechase on Sunday. The horse from the DS Kabelkovi stable came in front of Evžen, ridden by Jaroslav Myška, and Mr Spex led by the jockey Jan Kratochvíl. Just nine out of the 18 horses taking part in the race made it to the finish line of one of the hardest steeplechases in Europe.

    The 6.9km race, in which horses above the age of six are allowed to compete, awards a 3 million crown prize to the winner.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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