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Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 18:30:00 +0200

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Czech president installs Ivan Pilný as new finance minister

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:30:00 +0200

Czech president Miloš Zeman late Wednesday dismissed ANO leader Andrej Babiš as finance minister and installed ANO member of parliament Ivan Pilný as his replacement. Zeman said that Babiš had performed in the post during the previous three years and four months like none of his predecssors. He added…

ANO minister to contest proposed regional development budget for 2018

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:20:00 +0200

ANO nominated regional development minister Karla Šlechtová has clashed with the ANO leader and outgoing finance minister Andrej Babiš over the ministry’s proposed budget for next year. According to the proposal, the ministry’s budget will fall from 16 billion crowns to 4.7 billion. Most of the fall…

Lower house creates committee to probe leak of police information

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:39:00 +0200

The lower house of parliament has agreed to create an investigative committee to look into the possible leaking of police documents in connection with outgoing finance minister and ANO leader Andrej Babíš. The seven person committee will focus on suspicions that police documents were leaked in connection…


Wed, 24 May 2017 14:38:00 +0200

The weather on Thursday will be mostly sunny with some overcast intervals. Top daytime temperatures will range between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius.

Country’s most notorious criminal released after 23 years

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:16:18 +0200

The country’s most notorious prisoner, Jiří Kajínek, is a free man: on Tuesday he was released from prison after receiving a presidential pardon. He served 23 years of his life sentence for two contract killings in the 1990s. The president said in April he was not convinced of Mr Kajínek’s guilt and Kajínek himself always denied committing the crimes.

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Daily news summary 24.5.2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:05:00 +0200

No Czech attack victims Health discrimination ok Innovation diplomat for US

Experts expect Czech property prices to jump 10 percent by end of year

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:02:09 +0200

If the country’s economy keeps doing well the Czech property market should grow by 10 percent by the end of this year with expansion slowing to 7.5 percent in 2018. That is according to a study by the Association for Real Estate Market Development quoted by the news website

Czech innovation diplomat appointed to US

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:00 +0200

The Czech Republic has named its second diplomat tasked with boosting Czech innovation and research. The appointee is Luděk Moravec and he will be based in the United States. He has already identified security and energy as two areas where there is a great potential to boost cooperation with local US…

Prague SVU honours Pomahač, Passer and seven others for promotion of Czech science and culture

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:48:44 +0200

The Prague branch of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences has just bestowed its annual awards to nine well-known figures who have served to promote Czech science and culture at the international level. The recipients include filmmaker Ivan Passer and top plastic surgeon Bohdan Pomahač.

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Sparta Prague could get new Italian coach: report

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:31:00 +0200

In football, the Czech daily Sport has reported that Italian Andrea Stramaccioni has been signed up for a two year deal to be the head coach of Sparta Prague. The paper says the club will announce his arrival on Tuesday. Stramaccioni has been manager in the past of Inter Milan, Udinese, and Greek club…

Lower house approves controversial switch to new digital tv frequency

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:16:00 +0200

The lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a government proposal paving the way for the switch to a new digital television frequency and making room for the expansion of high speed mobile internet. The switch should be completed by 2021. The proposal has been controversial with satellite tv…

Czech-based Avast looks to number one position in global security

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:55:37 +0200

It’s probably a surprise to most outsiders that the Czech Republic is a world leader in terms of computer and mobile phone security but that’s undoubtedly the case as Avast wraps up its takeover of rival company AVG.

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Constitutional Court says health insurance rules can discriminate

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:51:00 +0200

The Czech Constitutional Court has refused to recommend changes to the country’s public health insurance rules in the face of claims that they discriminated against foreigners. Two aspects of the existing rules were being challenged which affected Ukrainians giving birth in the Czech Republic and the…

Economic confidence slips slightly in May

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:11:00 +0200

Confidence in the Czech economy fell by 0.2 percentage points in May to 97.2 points compared with the previous month. Expectations for the outlook in the near future also fell by 0.2 points to 94.9 points, according to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office on Wednesday. Consumer confidence…

No Czech victims of Manchester attack: ministry

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:11:00 +0200

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that no Czechs were killed or injured in the Manchester terror attack. The attack on Monday night killed 22 people, of who two were said to be Poles, and injured at least 59. The British interior minister said the young man who is believed to have carried…

Czech deputies reject UNESCO ‘Jerusalem resolution’

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:03:00 +0200

The lower house of Parliament on Tuesday rejected a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization critical of Israeli conduct in Jerusalem and Gaza. The lower house has also called on the government to suspend the country’s payments of membership fees to the organisation.…


Tue, 23 May 2017 15:58:00 +0200

Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy with occasional rain. Daytime temperatures will range between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.

Young singer Lenny wins big at Anděl Awards

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:50:54 +0200

The Anděl music awards were handed out on Monday in a special and refreshingly toned-down ceremony broadcast by Czech TV. This year the awards took place not at a large theatre but a famous Prague club – Lucerna Music Bar – an ideal venue for live performances.

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Czech entrepreneur tastes sweet success with marmalade mix

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:37:15 +0200

Did you know that some of the best marmalades are produced in the Czech Republic? At least according to a prestigious British competition called World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2017, which recently took place in Britain’s Cumbria. Marmalades produced by Jozefína Růžičková from South Bohemia won nine medals in competition with over 2,000 marmalade makers from around the world. What’s more, her products are now being sold by Fortnum & Mason, one of the most luxurious department stores in London. I spoke to Jozefína Růžičková during her visit to Prague and I first asked her how she got involved in the marmalade-making business:

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Daily news summary 23.5.2017

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:30:00 +0200

Czech condolences to UK Kajínek released Anděl Awards

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Country’s most notorious prisoner released from jail

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:27:00 +0200

Jiří Kajínek, the Czech Republic’s most notorious prisoner, has been released from prison, after he was granted a pardon by President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday. Jiří Kajínek was serving a life sentence after being found guilty of two contract killings, a crime he has always denied committing. He made headlines…

Meteorologists issue storm warning

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:26:00 +0200

Meteorologists have warned of heavy storms due to hit the eastern part of the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The Czech Hydro Meteorological-Institute on Tuesday said that Moravia and Silesia regions would see hail and torrential rain, which could swell smaller rivers and flood roads and cellars. The warning…

Some 13,000 people attend Deep Purple concert in Prague

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:25:00 +0200

Some 13, 000 people attended a concert by the British hard rock band Deep Purple in Prague’s O2 Arena on Monday night. The show was part of the band’s in inFinite Long Goodbye tour promoting their new album called inFinite. The legendary band performs regularly in the Czech Republic.

Kvitová may come back in Paris

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:25:00 +0200

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová could make her long-awaited return to tennis at the French Open in May, her spokesman Karel Tejkal told the Czech News Agency, adding that the decision will be made at the very last moment. The two-time Wimbledon champion has been out of action since December 2016 after…

Finance Minister Babiš to be sacked on Wednesday

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:25:00 +0200

President Miloš Zeman is set to dismiss Finance Minister Andrej Babiš from his post on Wednesday, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Babiš will be replaced by Ivan Pilný, the head of the lower house’s economic committee. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka…

Czech student at Manchester concert: We were afraid there was more to come

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:59:51 +0200

The terror attack in Manchester dominated news coverage in the Czech Republic on Tuesday with politicians and ordinary people expressing shock and condolences to the families of the victims. The Czech Foreign Ministry released an emergency help line for people who have friends and relatives in Great Britain and the Interior Ministry said security would be tightened at concerts and other events with a bigger congregation of people.

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Constitutional Court: detaining Kosovo family was illegal

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:08:00 +0200

The Constitutional Court has ruled that holding a Kosovo family in a detention centre for foreigners in 2014 was in violation of their basic human rights. According to the court’s ruling, placing the family in the facility for refugees was unnecessary and excessive. The man and his two children, aged…

High-speed rail network plan spells enormous investment for Prague

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:25:04 +0200

Plans to build a high-speed rail network in the Czech Republic will greatly impact Prague, which will alone require investment of at least CZK 80 billion, reported. Among expected projects are tunnels and an underground extension of the city’s Main Station.

Czech singer Lenny wins top categories at Anděl Awards

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:42:00 +0200

Czech singer Lenny was the big winner at this year’s Anděl Awards which were handed out during a televised ceremony on Monday, winning the prizes for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. Her debut, Hearts, which includes the hit Hell.o, has received…

Czech leaders express condolences to Great Britain following suicide bombing in Manchester

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:34:00 +0200

Czech political leaders, including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, have expressed condolences to the families of victims in Britain after an apparent suicide bombing in Manchester killed at least 22 people and injured 60 others. Children were reportedly among the…