• 01/14/2022

    Saturday should be partly cloudy to overcast with drizzle in places and day temperatures between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/14/2022

    Rail traffic between Přerov and Ostrava was disrupted by a collision of freight trains late on Thursday night, the ctk news agency reported. One of the trains was derailed and there is reported to be substantial damage to the rails. No one was injured in the accident. The damage is being estimated at around 21 million crowns. Clean up work is still underway and Czech railways says it would take the better part of the day to renew operations. Three wagons were overturned in the accident with the logs they were transporting spilling onto the tracks. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

  • 01/14/2022

    The leader of the Mayors and Independents coalition party Vit Rakušsan says he is not happy about  MP Jan Farský's decision to go to the United States for an eight-month Fulbright internship program without giving up his mandate in the lower house. Following widespread criticism from opposition as well as coalition representatives, Mr. Rakušan said the decision was unfortunate and he was torn between losing an experienced politician and hurting party interests. When Mr. Farsky announced the decision he emphasized the benefits it would bring, saying he would fly back for important votes in the lower house.

  • 01/14/2022

    Judges and prosecutors are protesting against a government-imposed salary freeze for constitutional officials –including politicians, judges, prosecutors and the president. They say that if the bill is not rejected by the Senate or vetoed by President Zeman they will file a Constitutional complaint against it. The cabinet approved the freeze in view of the state of public finances. However, the minister for legislation, Michal Šalomoun, warned the administration that the freezing of judges and prosecutors salaries could be in violation of the constitutional order.

  • 01/14/2022

    The leader of the Mayors and Independents coalition party Vít Rakušan has said his party is looking into a financial contribution from an allegedly dodgy sponsor and if it finds any irregularity it will return the money immediately. The possibility that the now ruling party accepted money from shady companies in Cyprus, where one of the donors faces criminal charges elicited a storm of criticism from the opposition benches during Thursday’s vote of confidence in the new government. Mr. Rakušan, who is serving as interior minister and deputy prime minister in the new administration,  said his party had been unaware of any problematic sponsors. The news site iDnes wrote that the Mayors and Independents had received three million crowns from Czech companies based in Cyprus, while Seznam wrote that one of the party's sponsors is being prosecuted.

  • 01/14/2022

    Czech tennis player Barbora Krejčíková has advanced to the finals at the Sydney Tennis Classic after defeating Annet Kontaveit of Estonia 0-6, 6-4,7-6.

    The French Open champion and world No.4 will face the winner of the match between Russian Daria Kasatkina and Spain’s world number nine Paula Badosa in Saturday’s final.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/14/2022

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 11,675 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. This represents an increase of around 75 percent on the same day a week ago and the fourth day in a row that cases are rising.

    The seven-day average incidence also grew and currently stands at 525 per 100,000 inhabitants.

    Despite the growth in new cases, hospital admissions continue to fall. On Thursday, their number dropped below 2,000 for the first time since last October.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/13/2022

    The new five-party coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala won a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies on Thursday evening, after all of the present ruling coalition MPs voted in favour of the Czech cabinet. The vote was preceded by more than a 20-hour-long debate.

    Fiala’s government, which enjoys a majority of 108 votes in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament, received 106 votes in favour; all of the 87 present opposition MPs voted against.

    The new government, which was confirmed more than three months after elections, aims above all to stabilize the economy and boost competitiveness, with pension reform also an urgent priority.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 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

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