• 01/13/2022

    EU Council President Charles Michel held talks in Prague on Thursday with Prime Minister Petr Fiala. The focus of the talks was the upcoming Czech Presidency in the second half of this year.

    Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Mr Fiala said he told the EU Council President that the Czech Republic needs nuclear energy to be considered a clean energy source.

    He also said the government was ready to considered increasing the budget for the Czech presidency of the European Council budgeted by the Babiš government.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    A court of appeals in Prague on Thursday confirmed an earlier ruling which sentenced Jiří Urbánek, a Czech who joined and fought with pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, to 20 years in prison for membership in a terrorist group and for carrying out a terrorist attack.

    Urbánek, who was prosecuted as a fugitive, allegedly travelled to Ukraine in 2015 with the intention of supporting pro-Russian separatist forces and took part in their operations at least until January 2018. This included combat against the Ukrainian Army.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    The Czech Republic’s population has reached 10.52 million, according to the preliminary results of a national census carried out by the Czech Statistics Office in March. That is an increase by around 90,000, on the previous census, carried out ten years ago.

    Almost 50 percent of the population live in four regions, namely Prague, Central Bohemia, South Moravia and Moravia-Silesia. Nearly five percent of the country’s population are foreigners, namely from Ukraine, Slovakia and Vietnam.

    The average age of inhabitants of the Czech Republic has risen by 1.7 years to 42.7 over a decade, suggest the data presented at a press conference on Thursday.

    The 2021 Czech national census took place between March 27 and May 11 and was compulsory for all Czech citizens as well as foreigners with permanent residency or living here for more than 90 years.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    Friday will be sunny to partly cloudy with occasional rain or snow showers later in the day. Day temperatures will range between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    Novelist and playwright Jaroslav Rudiš is to receive the Karel Čapek Award from the Czech PEN Club. Mr. Rudiš, who is 49, has received numerous awards for his works in both the Czech Republic and Germany, including the Jiří Orten Award and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germnay. He writes both in Czech and German.

    The Karel Čapek Award was established by the PEN Club’s Czech branch in 1994 and is presented to outstanding writers every two years. Among its previous holders are the former president and writer Václav Havel, Arnošt Lustig and Ivan Klíma.

    The award will be presented in Prague on January 24.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    The volume of new mortgage loans for housing from banks and building societies reached CZK 379 billion last year, according to newly released data from the Czech Banking Association Hypomonitor.

    This represents an increase of 70 percent on the previous year and a record high since statistics began being systematically monitored in 2014.

    In total, including refinancing, banks granted 178,000 mortgages worth a record CZK 541 billion in 2021.

    In December alone, banks and building societies provided mortgages worth CZK 44.3 billion, which is about CZK 2 billion less than in November.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    Czech tennis player Barbora Krejčíková has advanced to the semifinals at the Sydney Tennis Classic after defeating France's Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-2.

    The French Open champion and world No.4 has dropped just eight games in two victories in her Sydney singles debut. She will face Annet Kontaveit of Estonia for a place in the final.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    Some 11,452 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. This represents a rise of more than half on the same day last week. The seven-day average incidence rate was at 478 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest it has been since before Christmas.

    By contrast the number of people in hospital has been falling and is at its lowest since the end of October.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/13/2022

    A debate surrounding a vote of confidence in the five-party coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala carried on all through Wednesday night. After 22 hours, including for a break, the session was adjourned on Thursday morning and will resume at 6 pm.

    The government has 108 mandates in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies, which makes the outcome of the vote a foregone conclusion.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/12/2022

    It should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to be overcast.

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