• 09/27/2022

    Senator Zdeněk Hraba has quit the Mayors and Independents. Mr. Hraba said on Tuesday that the party had become engaged in activist politics similar to those of the Pirate Party.

    The chairman of the Mayors and Independents, Vít Rakušan, said that Senator Hraba and the party had diverged in political terms and that his departure was the best solution for all concerned.

    Mr. Hraba, who was elected to the upper house in 2018, does not plan to relinquish his seat.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/27/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in Czechia on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 12 degrees Celsius. More cloudy skies are expected on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/27/2022

    One of the favourites to become the next Czech president, Petr Pavel, says he has collected more than the 50,000 citizens’ signatures required to run. At a news conference on Tuesday the former Czech Army general and senior NATO official said his team was aiming to gather 70,000 signatures, just in case some were challenged by the Ministry of the Interior.

    Mr. Pavel officially launched his campaign three weeks ago.

    The election to succeed Miloš Zeman as head of state will take place in January.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/27/2022

    Czechia is temporarily reinstating controls on the country’s border with Slovakia in response to an increase in illegal migration. The checks will start at 27 former border crossings on Thursday.

    The Czech minister of the interior, Vít Rakušan, said that illegal migration, mainly from Syria, had risen by 1,200 percent this year, adding that the situation was unprecedented.

    Mr. Rakušan said the controls would initially be in place for 10 days.

    Slovakia said it respected Czechia’s decision but would seek discussions at EU level.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/27/2022

    On Monday there were 4,735 new confirmed cases of covid-19 registered in Czechia, which is the highest number of new cases recorded in a single day since early April and an increase of almost 1000 from the same day last week.

    The number of people in hospital with the virus also increased to 1135, up from 984 on the same day a week ago. 38 of these patients are in a critical condition.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/27/2022

    The defence ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary met in the Slovak city of Banská Štiavnica on Tuesday. Aid to Ukraine, the security situation with regard to the Russian invasion, and increased cooperation on NATO's eastern flank were among the topics on the agenda.

    The last V4 defence ministers' meeting, scheduled to take place in March, was cancelled by Hungary, the presiding country at the time, after the Czech and Polish defence ministers withdrew from the meeting due to Hungary's stance towards the Russian invasion. Hungary has refused to allow arms supplies from the West to flow through Hungarian territory to Ukraine.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    EU member states should reach an agreement on Friday regarding the bloc's proposal to impose a windfall tax on energy firms to attempt to tackle soaring energy prices, the Czech Republic's industry minister Jozef Síkela said on Monday. He made the statement in a video address referring to the next extraordinary meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels on September 30.

    Czechia currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, meaning it chairs meetings of EU ministers.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    Renáta Kellnerová, widow of the late billionaire Petr Kellner, who died in a plane crash in the U.S. last year, has topped the list of the richest Czechs and Slovaks for the second year in a row in a ranking compiled by Czech publication Euro Weekly that was released on Monday. Ms Kellnerová became the administrator of her husband's estate after his death on March 27, 2021 and inherited his vast fortune, including the investment group PPF, which he founded. The heiress heads the list once again with a worth of CZK 265 billion.

    Real-estate tycoon Radovan Vítek came in second, while Karel Komárek, the owner of the KKCG financial group, which recently became the official operator of the UK National Lottery, moved into third place. Daniel Křetínský, the owner of Energy and Industrial Holding came in fourth, while former prime minister Andrej Babiš improved his position in the ranking, moving from sixth to fifth place to round out the top five.

    The billionaires on the list collectively own property worth CZK 2.1 trillion, an amount roughly corresponding to the planned expenditures of the Czech state in the next year.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    Grey skies and rain are expected on Tuesday, with daytime temperatures ranging between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency is conducting ongoing research into the situation of refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine, for example in the areas of housing, work, and education, in order to better understand their needs and to help countries respond to those needs.

    The Czech Ombudsman's office in Brno wants to make Ukrainians who have fled to Czechia aware of the survey, which can be filled out online:

    https://fra.europa.eu/limesurvey/index.php/712669?lang=en (access to online survey - available in English, Ukrainian or Russian)

    https://fra.europa.eu/en/project/2022/online-survey-persons-displaced-ukraine (general information about the survey)

    Author: Anna Fodor

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