• 04/27/2022

    It should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic on Thursday, with an average high temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to be overcast.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/27/2022

    The funeral of the Prague-born former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright is due to take place in Washington on Wednesday. Among those delivering eulogies will be US President Joe Biden and ex-head of state Bill Clinton, under whom Albright served between 1997 and 2001. A Czech delegation headed by Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský will also be in attendance.

    Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become secretary of state, fled Czechoslovakia with her family before settling in America. She died last month at the age of 84.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/27/2022

    Czech backing for Ukraine was among the main topics of talks between the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jan Lipavský, and his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, in Washington on Tuesday evening. Both politicians condemned atrocities carried out by Russian troops in Ukraine in the last two months, while the US side expressed support for the positions taken by the Prague government over the conflict.

    The two foreign policy chiefs also discussed security cooperation, energy security and human rights, the US State Department said after the meeting.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/27/2022

    The Christian Democratic Party will ask the Chamber of Deputies to label the crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine as genocide. Marek Výborný, chairman of the party’s parliamentary club, told journalists that he was preparing a draft resolution recognizing Russia's war as a "genocide against the Ukrainian people" which is to be presented to the lower house next week. The party first wants to discuss the proposal with its coalition partners in the government. Similar resolutions have been approved by the parliaments of Estonia and Latvia.

  • 04/27/2022

    The Chamber of Deputies has approved a temporary reduction of the excise tax on fuels by CZK 1.50 per liter from June until the end of September, to combat rising consumer prices and inflation. The Finance Ministry said that prices at petrol stations could fall by up to CZK 1.80 per liter thanks to the reduction in excise duty. The draft bill will now be submitted to the Senate.

    Some economists have criticized the move saying that it will only increase demand for petrol at a very high cost.

    Earlier this year the government decided to abolish the mandatory blending of bio-components into fuels and to scrap the road tax on vehicles weighing up to 12 tons.

  • 04/26/2022

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala says Russia's decision to suspend gas supplies to Poland is a breach of contracts and a further escalation of tensions. Reacting to the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, the prime minister said this was further proof that the Czech Republic must end its dependence on Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible.

    Soon after Gazprom announced it was also cutting gas supplies to Bulgaria. Russia warned earlier that "unfriendly" countries must start paying for gas in roubles or it would cut supplies.

    Last December, representatives of the Czech Gas Association and NET4GAS said that a suspension of gas supplies through the Yamal pipeline would have little or no impact on the Czech Republic since the country mainly receives its raw materials from other transport routes.

  • 04/26/2022

    One of the main topics of the Czech EU presidency will be the protection of the EU's external borders in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said following a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Gerhard Karner on Tuesday. At the same time, Minister Rakušan said the Czech Republic wanted to focus on issues related to internal security. The Czech-Austrian talks were dominated by the war in Ukraine, security issues and the challenge of helping the hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in Europe.

  • 04/26/2022

    Wednesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in the southern parts of the country and day temperatures between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.

  • 04/26/2022

    The Ministry of the Environment has allocated over 10 billion crowns for adaptation measures against drought in the coming years, Environment Minister Anna Hubáčková told journalists on Tuesday. The adaptation measures, which are being undertaken together with the Ministry of Agriculture, involve the creation of dams and small water reservoirs, better use of rainwater or the promotion of sustainable farming on agricultural land. The Ministry of Agriculture will support the development of water supply and sewerage infrastructure with 1.7 billion crowns this year, and another 875 million will be spent on interconnecting water supply systems.

  • 04/26/2022

    The President's Award of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival due to take place in July will be given to actor, playwright, screenwriter and director Bolek Polívka, the festival’s president Jiří Bartoška told journalists on Tuesday. Polívka will receive the award at the festival’s gala opening ceremony on July 1.

    Bolek Polívka who is known as an entertainer to the broad public also excelled in serious roles, receiving the Czech Lion for the role of a parish priest in the film Forgotten Light and for his role in the film We Must Help Each Other. He went from being an exceptional mime to one of the most popular film actors, working with directors such as Věra Chytilova, Jan Hřebejk and Juraj Jakubisko.

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