• 05/09/2024

    Czechia ought to have an ambassador in Russia, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said in a video debate for the Czech daily Deník on Thursday, although he added that he could not say how long the position would remain vacant. He said that filling the role in Moscow was a goal for the government but was not specific about the timeline.

    The current Czech ambassador to Russia, Vítězslav Pivoňka, has been recalled by the government and will be leaving his post at the end of this month.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/09/2024

    More than a third of the population of the V4 countries, including Czechia, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, perceive attempts by foreign states to influence the upcoming European elections as a major problem, suggests a survey carried out by the Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO). In Czechia, this is the case with 35 percent of the population.

    While Czechs, Poles and Hungarians are most worried about Russian influence, Slovaks are more concerned about EU influence, according to the survey. Czechs and Poles also showed a higher level of satisfaction with the functioning of democracy compared to the other two countries surveyed, with about a quarter of the Czech population trusting the European Parliament and the European Commission.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/09/2024

    Retail sales in Czechia accelerated year-on-year to 6.1 percent in March, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Thursday, with sales increasing year-on-year for the fourth consecutive month. On a month-on-month basis, retail sales rose by 1.3 percent.

    Shoppers spent 7.7 percent more on non-food items and four percent more on food compared to March last year. Sales of fuel increased by 6.7 percent.

  • 05/08/2024

    Czechs are marking the 79th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a number of events held around the country.  Government leaders including acting PM Petr Fiala, President Petr Pavel and Czech Army commanders took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument on Prague’s Vítkov hill.

    In his speech, the Czech head of state said Russia has unleashed a war in Europe comparable in its destructiveness to the Second World War. He also praised Czechia’a relentless support of Ukraine and stressed the importance of its membership in the NATO. Acts of remembrance are also took place in Brno, Pardubice, Havlíčkův Brod and Liberec. In the evening, the Straka Academy, the Office of the Czech government, will be illuminated in the country’s national colours – white, red and blue. May 8 is a state holiday in the Czech Republic.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    Thursday will be mostly sunny with day temperatures ranging between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    In line with tradition, President Petr Pavel appointed new army and police generals at Prague Castle on the occasion of the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on Wednesday.

    Among those raised to the highest rank is the head of the country’s counter-intelligence service (BIS), Michal Koudelka, who was appointed major general. Vít Hendrych, director of the General Inspectorate of Security Forces, was raised to brigadier general.

    On the occasion of Victory Day, the head of state promoted 11 other soldiers, police officers and firefighters.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    Czechia abstained from the vote on the final form of the EU migration package, which was agreed by the European Union member states' representatives in Brussels on Wednesday. Hungary and Poland voted against the package.

    The position of the member states approved on Wednesday is final, with the new migration and asylum rules only to be formally approved by EU countries' ministers at a meeting next Tuesday.

    The European Parliament supported the migration package at its plenary session in early April.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    Four historic metro sets will be running on Prague metro C line on Wednesday, marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the city’s underground rail system.

    Passengers can take ride on four historical trains that will operate between Kačerov and Florenc stations from 9am to 4pm. The trains can be ridden for the cost of normal public transport ticket or pass.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    Czech sport shooter Martin Podhráský won the gold medal in the men’s 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday.

    The 40-year-old Czech, who has already secured a spot at the Olympic Games in Paris, beat China’s Wang Xinjie in the final, securing his first World Cup medal in 13 years.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/08/2024

    Just three days before the World Ice Hockey Championships get underway in Prague and Ostrava, a new Czech hockey Hall of Fame has been opened in the centre of Prague on Nekázanka Street.

    The previous Czech hockey Hall of Fame, which was part of the Galerie Harfa shopping mall, closed abruptly at the end of last May after eight years due to financial issues.

    Along with the stone Hall of Fame, a digital version has also been launched.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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