• 01/12/2022

    The five-party coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala is set to undergo a confidence vote on Wednesday, a month after being appointed. The government has 108 mandates in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies.

    In his opening address to MPs, Mr. Fiala said that the government’s aim was to make the Czech Republic one of the world’s most advanced countries. He said that austerity measures planned by his cabinet would be as socially sensitive as possible.

    Previous government leaders ANO said they would vote against the confidence motion, with chairman Andrej Babis saying the Fiala cabinet was carrying out political purges and cutting salaries.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/12/2022

    Inflation in the Czech Republic accelerated in December to reach 6.6 percent year-on-year. The figure for the previous month was 6.0 percent. The last time the country experienced such rapid inflation was in September 2008.

    December’s inflation was attributed mainly to fast-rising transport and housing costs.

    The average rate of inflation for the whole of 2021 was 3.8 percent. This was also the highest seen since 2008.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/12/2022

    Some 12,366 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Tuesday. This was a rise of around one-fifth on the same day last week and the highest figure seen in around a month. There were 2,216 people in hospital with the coronavirus, of whom around 400 were in a serious condition.

    The relatively contagious Omicron variant is now dominant in the Czech Republic and officials have warned of up to 50,000 new Covid cases a day and 7,000 people in hospital.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/12/2022

    The Czech minister for European Affairs, Mikuláš Bek, says the country will seek to build closer ties with states beyond the Visegrad Four in the year when it will take over the presidency of the European Union. Speaking at the European Commission in Brussels, Mr. Bek said that France could be a new partner for the Czech Republic, with both countries having lobbied for support for investment in nuclear power.

    The previous Czech government put great store in the Visegrad Four group and its leader, Andrej Babiš, was close to Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    The Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala, visited Slovakia on Tuesday on his first foreign trip since being appointed last month. Mr. Fiala travelled by car from Brno to Bratislava and held talks with his Slovak counterpart, Eduard Heger, after a ceremony at which the anthems of both states were played.

    The two leaders discussed the Czech presidency of the EU and Slovakia’s leadership of the Visegrad Four, roles the countries will take on in the second half of this year. They also said that nuclear power needed to be part of the energy mix of their states.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    A new plaque was unveiled to Milada Horáková – a politician executed by the Communists – in Prague on Tuesday. The new memorial is on the building where she was born, on the corner of the streets Rumunská and Bělehradská.

    Milada Horáková was put to death in a cruel and inhumane manner in 1950 after being found guilty in a show trial. She was the only woman executed by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    One-time minister David Rath has been freed from prison on probation after serving half of a seven-year term for corruption. The Brno Regional Court announced on Tuesday that it had rejected an appeal from the state prosecutor against a previous verdict granting Mr. Rath a conditional release.

    Mr. Rath was a minister of health and governor of the Central Bohemia Region while an influential member of the Social Democrats. He was arrested in 2012 over taking bribes to award public contracts.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/11/2022

    The Czech-based carmaker Škoda Auto exported 878,200 vehicles around the world in 2021, a year-on-year fall of 126,000. The fall-off has been attributed to the Covid crisis and a shortage of chips that caused Škoda Auto to halt production for periods last year.

    Company representatives said that the situation surrounding the availability of semi-conductors should improve in the second half of 2022.

    Škoda Auto is the Czech Republic’s largest exporter.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 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

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