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Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:00 +0200

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:00 +0200

Saturday should be mostly overcast with sunny periods; daytime temperatures as high as 30 degrees are expected.

Fifteen people – including speed skater Sáblíková – receive Gratias agit award

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:13:00 +0200

Fifteen people, including Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková or the UK’s Paul Millar (who is behind the creation of a memorial recognising the sacrifice of the Czech parachutists in WWII) are among recipients of this year’s Gratias agit awards which were presented at the Great Hall at Czernín Palace…

President comes under fire for slamming prime minister in TV interview

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:50:00 +0200

President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for controversial comments made in an interview for private broadcaster TV Barrandov on Thursday in which he described the country’s Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka as a “grey creature” with all the charisma “of a jar of pickles” and compared Sobotka’s replacement…

Christian Democratic Party leadership, members, meeting over pre-election programme, candidates list

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:24:00 +0200

The leadership of the Christian Democratic Party and members are meeting on Friday for a conference to streamline its political programme as well as candidates list for the autumn election with that of STAN, the independents and mayors party with which the Christian Democrats are running. The decision…

A visit to Prague’s first cat café

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:59:03 +0200

Situated in Prague’s Žižkov district, the Kočičí Kavárna Freya (or Kočkafé) is a cat café, which opened back in 2014, and was the first of its kind in Prague. The phenomenon of the cat café harks back to the late 1990s in Taiwan and Japan, but has now come to the Czech Republic as well. There are seven cats on-hand for customers to interact with here, predominantly from shelters, and this cat café has already attracted significant media attention. I’m going to go and visit inside and meet both the staff and the cats.

Angry words precede meeting between Visegrad 4 leaders and French President Emmanuel Macron

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:51:00 +0200

France expressed interest in a closer dialogue with the countries of the Visegrad 4, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka confirmed on Friday after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the EU summit in Brussels. The leaders of the V4, counting Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic,…

EU summit opens with spat between President Macron and Visegrad Group

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:49:02 +0200

A two-day EU summit in Brussels started on Thursday with a spat between the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and countries of the Visegrad group. Expressing his commitment to put the EU project back on track, the French leader accused the V4 of defying Europe’s principles and values by rejecting the EC’s migrant quotas.

Czech petrol prices forecast to continue downward trend

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:57:45 +0200

Prices for petrol and diesel are expected to continue to fall in the Czech Republic by as much as 50 halers per litre over the next few weeks, writes Hospodářské noviny. An overall global supply surplus, combined with a strengthening crown, are cited as key factors for the trend.

Sobotka: Czech Republic to take active part in EU defence cooperation

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:04:00 +0200

The Czech Republic wants to take an active part in the emerging strengthened defence cooperation of EU countries, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists after arriving at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. "We are ready to take part in the projects. It will depend on how precisely…

Temperatures reached record highs on Thursday

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:34:00 +0200

Temperatures around the Czech Republic reached record highs on Thursday. According to the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute June 22nd was the warmest day of the year so far with the highest temperature, 36 degrees Celsius, recorded in Husinec-Řež near Prague. Temperatures cooled down with severe…

United Islands music festival gets underway

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:55:00 +0200

The annual United Island music festival gets underway in Prague on Thursday night with the traditional club night. Ten venues in the city, including the popular Jazz Dock, will present the Czech contemporary scene covering various genres. For the first time this year, United Islands of Prague will take…

Czech prime minister meets with his Austrian and Slovak counterparts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:54:00 +0200

Czech Prime Minster Bohuslav Sobotka met with his Slovak and Austrian Counterparts, Christian Kern and Robert Fico, in Brno on Thursday. The main topic on their agenda was migration crisis and the European Union summit in Brussels, which gets underway on Thursday. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico suggested…

Leading Czech security expert publishes survival handbook

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:09:20 +0200

Andor Šándor, former head of the Czech Military Intelligence, is a respected security expert. In connection with the growing security threat he makes frequent appearances on radio and television and lectures on what to do in the event of a crisis. Mr. Šándor has just published a book sharing some of his know-how. In an interview for Radio Prague he explained what led him to do so.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:36:00 +0200

OECD:CR to fight foreign bribery Žofín economic forum Heat-storm warning

Meteorologists issue heat storm warning

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:34:00 +0200

Meteorologists have issued a heat storm warning for most parts of the Czech Republic on Thursday evening. A belt of heavy rain is expected to pass over the country from west to east- bringing torrential rain, hail storms and high winds. Rainfall at some places could average 25 litres per square metre,…


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:33:00 +0200

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with occasional rain showers and storms and daytime highs reaching 25 to 29 degrees Celsius.

Czech police force goes on social networks to improve communication with public

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:56:49 +0200

The Czech police force has announced a revolution in its communication with the public. Following the example of police forces abroad, the Czech police force is going on social networks, setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube where it will post information regarding security measures, traffic and recruitment videos.

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OECD: Prague should step up efforts to prosecute foreign bribery

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +0200

The Czech Republic should step up its efforts to detect, investigate and prosecute foreign bribery, according to a new OECD report released on Thursday. The report, which evaluates the country’s implementation of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Politician in International Business Transactions,…

Czech Republic becoming a world leader in contactless payment for public transportation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:35:40 +0200

The Czech Republic is undergoing a revolution in the way passengers pay for public transportation services, writes news site Around 2,000 bus and tram services now enable ticket payments to be made using a contactless card. And that number is set to continue to grow, says Petr Zlámalík, of Mastercard Advisors, the professional services arm of card payments processing giant Mastercard.

Czechs stun Italians in Under-21 football championships

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:19:00 +0200

The Czechs have kept alive their chances of further progress in the European Under-21 Championships following a surprise 3:1 victory against Italy on Wednesday night. The Italians equalised after the Czechs went ahead in the first half but a brace of late goals put the game beyond the stunned Italians.…

Czech Republic sends mixed signals on euro adoption

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:52:01 +0200

After a long period on the sidelines, euro adoption is again making a comeback as an issue in the Czech Republic. In the latest intervention, the country’s central bank governor has said that all the criteria can be met but that Czechs could perhaps wait until wages and prices are nearer to the euro zone average.

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Fuel prices reach six months low

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:00 +0200

Gas and diesel prices at filling stations in the Czech Republic have reached the lowest level in the past six months, according to the data released by CCS, a company monitoring sales, on Thursday. The average price of top-selling Natural 95 fell by 21 hellers over the past week to an average 30.04 crowns…

Two people charged with fraud in administering president‘s summer residence

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:24:00 +0200

The police have charged two people with fraud on suspicion of manipulating public tenders for work on the premises of the president’s summer residence at Lany. Three employees of Lesní správa Lány, an organization administering close to six hectares of land and forests which belong to the Office of the…

President Zeman to open Žofín economic forum

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:00 +0200

President Miloš Zeman will open the Prague Žofín economic forum on Thursday with a wide-ranging speech expected to cover the effective functioning of state administration, diminishing trust in political parties and Czech interests in Europe and abroad. The economics forum is a platform for debate not…

President appoints Stanislav Štech minister of education

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:40:00 +0200

President Miloš Zeman has appointed Stanislav Štech as Czech minister of education, youth and sports. Mr. Štech, who is 62, is a Charles University psychology professor and a former deputy minister of education. He replaces the Social Democratic Party’s Kateřina Valachová, who announced her resignation…

Czech Republic to set up consulate in Manchester

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:23:00 +0200

The Czech Republic will set up a consulate in Manchester in order to improve services for the public and handle a growing number of requests for Czech citizenship in the wake of Brexit, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek told journalists on Wednesday. The proposal has been approved by the government…

Křetínsky’s EPH to buy two gas fired power plants in Great Britain

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:14:50 +0200

Energetický a průmyslový holding, or EPH, is gearing up to buy two gas fired power plants in Great Britain through daughter company EP UK Investments, the Czech News Agency reports. The price tag is expected to be in almost 10 billion crowns.

Czech government appoints top European policy coordinator

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:55:03 +0200

The Czech government has given a new face and name to its policies dealing with the European Union. Aleš Chmelař, formerly the leading economist in the government office, has been appointed to the post which aims to makes sure the Czech government speaks with one voice in Brussels and has its fair share of influence shaping key decisions.

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Daily news summary 21.6.2017

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:40:00 +0200

Czech economy ready for euro,new education minister,tourist numbers up

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Rekola four years on: Bold pink bikes in the public space capture imagination of cyclists from Prague to Brno

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:17:40 +0200

What began as Rekola, the NGO, is now an NGO-slash-successful socially-conscious business. If you need to get quickly from A to B in Prague or a number of other Czech cities, pinpointing the nearest Rekola bike through an online app is simple, and the bikes are easy to spot because they are… pink. For a mere 32 crowns for single use, you can zip around the so-called Pink Zone here in the capital. Rekola now has almost 15,000 registered users across the country and is even looking to expand abroad.

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