• 06/18/2022

    Czech Radio’s flagship news channel Radiožurnál on Saturday featured a special audio project reconstructing the final battle between the Gestapo and the paratroopers who assassinated Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich in the crypt of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prague eighty years ago. Radiožurnál's minute-by-minute reconstruction focused on each of the seven Czechoslovak paratroopers in turn, as well as the brave men and women who helped them. The program hosted historians as well as descendants of the paratroopers and people involved in the last phase of Operation Anthropoid.

  • 06/18/2022

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib have agreed to implement a set of measures to motivate Ukrainian refugees to move from Prague to less burdened regions. A coordination mechanism will also be created to ensure that the actual transfer takes place, Mayor Hřib told reporters after the meeting. The Prague leadership has long complained about overcrowding and this week closed its refugee centre for Ukrainian refugees due to total overload. The capital has processed humanitarian visas for close to 100,000 refugees.

  • 06/18/2022

    A Prague court has remanded in custody the former Prague deputy mayor Petr Hlubuček and another suspect, businessman Zakaria Nemrah, in a corruption case linked to the Prague Transport Company. Eleven people have been charged altogether in the case involving bribery, involvement in organized crime and suspicions of illicit drug and psychotropic substance use.

    The former deputy mayor of Prague, Petr Hlubuček and Prague businessman Michal Redl, who is also charged, are both reported to have had close links to the deputy chair of the coalition STAN party Petr Gazdik. There have been calls on him to resign and accept political responsibility for the scandal.

  • 06/18/2022

    The Senate has nominated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski for the country’s highest state distinction, the Order of the White Lion. Other nominees put forward by the upper chamber are the Mašín brothers' anti-communist resistance group and the director of the counter-intelligence service BIS Michal Koudelka. The state distinctions are annually awarded by the president on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day, on October 28. President Zeman announced earlier his intention to decorate the Ukrainian president with the country’s highest state distinction. Other proposals for nominations will come from the government, the Chamber of Deputies and even members of the public.

  • 06/18/2022

    Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský expects that the European Council will confirm Ukraine's status as a candidate country for EU membership, the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a press release.  The Czech Republic is also in favour of granting candidate status to Moldova and Georgia. The European Commission on Friday recommended Ukraine's candidacy bid for EU membership. It said the country would have to implement a number of reforms that are linked to the accession process and address shortcomings in the rule of law or the fight against corruption. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski welcomed the Commission's recommendation as a historic decision.

  • 06/17/2022

    Saturday should be bright and sunny around the country with day temperatures between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius.

  • 06/17/2022

    The number of Czechs who bring home-cooked food to work in order to save money has risen from 45 to 49 per cent in the last six months, according to a survey conducted by STEM/MARK for the food voucher company Edenred which many employees in the Czech Republic receive as a bonus. Restaurants have upped lunch prices due to the rising cost of energy and basic foodstuffs and report a 20 to 30 percent drop in the number of lunches sold. Czechs have also started saving on clothes and leisure time activities.

  • 06/17/2022

    Czechs have been warned to brace for an extreme heatwave with temperatures likely to hit 36 degrees Celsius at the weekend. Doctors have warned the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and children to stay out of the sun, increase their intake of fluids and avoid exertion. According to meteorologists the heatwave should break on Monday bringing some degree of relief.

  • 06/17/2022

    The Czech Republic presently has the fourth highest inflation rate in the EU, according to data released by the European Statistics Office Eurostat on Friday. Inflation in Czechia is now at 15.2 percent and analysts predict it may peak at 18 percent in July.  The Baltic states currently top the inflation ladder in the 27-member block. Estonia has 20.1 per cent inflation, Lithuania 18.5 per cent and Latvia 16.8 per cent. The EU inflation average has now reached 8.8 percent.

  • 06/17/2022

    The High State Prosecutor's Office in Prague has proposed taking into custody three of the eleven people charged with corruption in a case related to mismanagement of the Prague Transport Company. According to the prosecutor, there is a risk that the accused could flee or influence witnesses or co-defendants who have not yet been questioned. Among those implicated in the case is the now-former deputy mayor of Prague, Petr Hlubuček and Prague businessman Michal Redl who are both reported to have had close links to the deputy chair of the coalition STAN party Petr Gazdik. Hlubuček resigned from all party positions, and withdrew his candidacy in the autumn local elections.

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