• 05/10/2022

    Wednesday should see temperatures range around 27 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists predict blue skies above western and central Bohemia. In the east it is likely to be slightly overcast with no rainfall.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/10/2022

    The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint made by Czech woman Eva Michálková against its January ruling, which found that Norway had not broken the right to family life when the country’s child welfare service decided to take both of her sons and place them into foster care. The verdict was issued on Monday and has since come into force, Czech Justice Ministry spokesman Vladimír Řepka told the Czech News Agency.

    Ms Michálková’s children were taken away from her 10 years ago, after suspicions of maltreatment. Norwegian agencies then removed the woman’s rights to her children, but kept them for their father.

    According to the ECHR, the Norwegian authorities did not break Ms Michálková’s right to a family life and sufficiently justified their decision.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/10/2022

    September will see pensions in the Czech Republic raised by roughly CZK 700 a month, Labour Minister Marian Jurečka announced on Tuesday. It will be the third raise to happen this year, after a standard increase on pensions in January and a further raise in June. The increase in money paid out to pensioners is a consequence of high inflation in the country, which reached 14.2 percent in April, according to the Czech Statistics Agency.

    Mr Jurečka said that CZK 8 billion will be allocated from the state budget for this purpose.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/10/2022

    Despite the Czech Republic’s increasing economic woes, the prime minister, Petr Fiala, has pledged that his government will not increase taxes, saying they regard that as a bad idea.

    In a statement on Twitter, the Civic Democrats leader said he was for people and companies having more money at their disposition; if taxes were increased, the state would consume, dissolve and reallocate people’s money.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/10/2022

    Bulgaria’s President Rumena Radev met with Czech President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Tuesday while visiting the Czech capital. Both heads of state condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Czech president also voiced his support for Bulgaria’s entry into the Shengen Area, which significantly eases travel through a common visa policy. The two leaders also spoke about energy security. President Radev told journalists after the meeting that Bulgaria will not support the EU’s oil embargo of Russia unless the country gets an exemption.

    Bulgaria’s President is also scheduled to meet with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and members of the Czech Parliament later in the day. An accompanying Bulgarian delegation is also set to attend talks with the Czech industry and transport ministers.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/10/2022

    Some 865 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Monday, a fall of around 50 percent on the same day a week earlier. The number of tests conducted also fell markedly.

    The seven-day case incidence rate is also declining and on Tuesday stood at 52 per 100,000 of the population. There were 372 patients in Czech hospitals with the coronavirus.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/10/2022

    The Czech Republic saw year-on-year inflation of 14.2 percent in April, according to official data released on Tuesday. It was the highest such jump in consumer prices since December 1993.

    The rise in the inflation rate was mainly caused by higher prices of accommodation, fuels and foodstuffs.

    Analysts had expected an increase of just over 13 percent.

    March saw a 12.7 percent rise in the inflation rate.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/10/2022

    The District Court in Vsetín has returned the case of the Bečva River poisoning in 2020 to the prosecutor for further investigation. The chief judge said there were substantial shortcomings in the evidence presented. The case will be returned to the state attorney and subsequently to police investigators.

    Education Minister Petr Gazdík, a former member of the parliamentary commission of inquiry that dealt with the case, said in response to the court’s decision that “heads should "roll" at the police and prosecutor's office in Vsetín for doing a disgraceful job in tracing the culprit. The 2020 cyanide leak into the Bečva River killed all living organisms along a 40-km stretch of the river, including over 32,000 tons of fish.

  • 05/10/2022

    Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is in Prague for talks with Czech officials, is due to meet with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarova Adamová on Tuesday. Tsikhanouskaya is also due to address an international conference on Truth and Democracy at the Václav Havel Library in Prague.

    The opposition leader has been living in exile in Lithuania, where she fled shortly after running in the 2020 presidential election against Alexander Lukashenko, who was contentiously declared the victor. Her husband, blogger Sjarhei Cichanouski, was sentenced to 18 years in prison last year for organizing demonstrations against the Lukashenko regime.

  • 05/09/2022

    Tuesday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius.

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