• 01/11/2022

    Czech player Barbora Krejčíková has been seeded fourth in tennis’s Australian Open, which gets underway on Monday. Petra Kvitová, who reached the final in Melbourne in 2019, is seeded 20th.

    Their compatriots Karolína Plíšková and Karolína Muchová will miss the year’s first Grand Slam tournament due to injury.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures should be above freezing on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    More than 50 percent of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic are the Omicron variant, and in many larger cities, the proportion is near 80 percent, the State Health Institute announced on Monday.

    A sharp increase in the positive test results is anticipated, with talk of up to 50,000 new infections per day. Meanwhile, the number of Covid cases fell on Monday for the first time in seven days, with 7,336 cases registered, 2,000 fewer than on the same day last week.

    The seven-day incidence has also decreased slightly and is currently at 420 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, according to Ministry of Health data.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    EU Council President Charles Michel is due to hold talks in Prague on Thursday with Prime Minister Petr Fiala to discuss the Czech Presidency in the second half of this year.

    Fiala’s five-member coalition government wants to increase the budget for the Czech presidency of the European Council from the 1.4 billion crowns budgeted by the Babiš government – nearly three times less than for the first Czech presidency in 2009.

    Preperations for and the focus of the Czech EU presidency is currently being discussed in Prague at the annual meeting of ambassadors to European countries.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    Film director and screenwriter Dušan Klein, a Holocaust survivor best known for a series of films about poetry, died on Sunday at the age of 82.

    Born Julius Klein, on June 27, 1939, in Michalovce (now in Slovakia), he survived internment as a child in the wartime ghetto and concentration camp Terezín.

    After the war, Klein went on to study film directing at FAMU in Prague and made his feature-length debut in 1964 with the psychological thriller Místenka bezráti.

    He was director of the Barrandov Film Studio from 1975 to 1991. The first three parts of his legendary “poetry” series in the 1980s attracted over 5 million viewers.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    Czech building societies granted a record amount of loans last year – some 113.4 billion crowns in total, up 66 percent year-on-year, ČTK reports.

    The increase was driven by increased interest in real estate as an investment opportunity along with rising interest rates and construction sector costs, according to the Association of Building Societies.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    Tuesday should see clear to partly cloudy skies but also fog. Average daytime highs of -4 to 1 degrees Celsius are forecast.

  • 01/10/2022

    Czech ambassadors to European countries have convened in Palace for a meeting in Černín Palace. Topping their agenda are preparations for the Czech EU presidency in the second half of 2022.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský and Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek announced ahead of the meeting that Czech priorities include bolstering the country’s influence within the EU, strengthening regional security, and supporting the development of science and research.

    The meeting of Czech diplomats is also due to discuss economic issues; energy, environment and climate change; and migration, among other topics.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala is due to visit neighbouring Slovakia on Tuesday, for his first official visit abroad since taking office, as is the long-standing tradition.

    Fiala is to be received by President Zuzana Čaputová and hold talks in Bratislava with his counterpart, Eduard Heger and other Slovak officials.

    On the agenda are bilateral, regional and European issues. The latter includes tensions on the Belarus-Poland border and the build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine, as well as the European Green Deal on climate.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/10/2022

    Defence Minister Jana Černochová told a press conference on Monday that her priorities for 2022 include recruiting more soldiers and creating an investment fund for the sector to facilitate purchases of all military material and equipment.

    Černochová told reporters she wants to recruit some 2,000 soldiers annually, starting this year, up from the current 500 to 800 on average, and devote greater attention to the education of future professional soldiers.

    She said the purchasing fund could start operating by late 2023 and reiterated that from 2025 the Czech Republic will allocate 2% of its GDP to defence, as agreed in the government program, to meet the NATO spending commitments.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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