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Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:55:00 +0200

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Lower house passes 2017 budget deficit proposal of 60 billion crowns

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:55:00 +0200

The lower house of parliament in first reading passed on Wednesday evening the broad outline of the budget for 2017. This counts on a budget deficit of 60 billion crowns next year compared with the approved deficit of 70 billion crowns this year. Opposition parties TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats failed...

Robert Šlachta appointed to top post in customs administration

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:37:00 +0200

Former top policeman Robert Šlachta has been appointed deputy general director of the Czech Customs Administration in charge of investigations and searches, the administration said on Wednesday. Šlachta was a central figure in the recent row over the reorganisation of elite police units which pitted...

Coalition agreement signed for South Moravia region

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:09:00 +0200

Political parties in South Moravia have signed a coalition agreement. The deal covers ANO, the Social Democrats, Mayors for South Moravia, and TOP 09 and Žit Brno. That grouping should have 34 seats in the 65-seat assembly. The lead candidate for hejtman or regional leader is ANO’s Bohumil Šimek. Previously...


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:45:00 +0200

The weather on Thursday will be cloudy with some sunny intervals and top daytime temperatures of 13 degrees Celsius. Some parts of the country could see fog and light showers.

Prague airport destinations increase with new winter timetable

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:44:00 +0200

Eleven new destinations will feature in the winter timetable out of Prague’s Václav Havel airport taking effect from October 30. Two new long distance flights to China feature for the first time in the new timetable. As well as that, new services will launch to Tunisia and Radom in central Poland. In...

Czech Republic to have highest budget surplus in modern history, but opposition says not due to good management

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:36:47 +0200

Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has reason to celebrate – by all accounts the year will end on the highest budget surplus in the country’s modern history. However contrary to expectations the government has not drafted a balanced or even surplus budget for next year and the minister has been accused of making “unrealistic projections” that would guarantee a good result.

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To boycott or not to boycott: Politicians split over whether to attend Castle event

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:36:47 +0200

Many Czech politicians say they will be staying away from a state awards ceremony at Prague Castle on Friday after the president’s office reportedly crossed a Holocaust survivor off the recipients list. Critics say, however, that such a boycott disrespects the most important state holiday.

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Daily news summary 26.10.2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:52:00 +0200

China responds to declaration, CZ climbs business rankings, actors speak out

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Lithium extraction planned in Northern Bohemia

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:48:10 +0200

Lithium extraction is set to take place in former ore mines Northern Bohemia after the issuing of a permit to a Czech company, reported on Wednesday. The process will be technically complex but current high prices could make it a lucrative enterprise.

Czech R&D spending climbs by 3.6 billion crowns in 2015

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:24:00 +0200

Czech spending on research and development continues to climb and is already at one of the highest levels per capita among new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe. Last year R&D spending rose by 3.6 billion crowns (around 145 million euros) to 88.7 billion crowns, according to latest figures...

Czech Republic climbs World Bank business environment rankings

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:36:00 +0200

The Czech Republic has climbed the World Bank’s annual rating of countries for their business environment. In the Doing Business 2017 survey, the Czech Republic is now placed 27th, up nine places on its position a year earlier. The latest position is also the best ever for the country and an advance...

Police officers face criminal proceedings over Prague store stabbing

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:35:00 +0200

The Czech police inspectorate has called for criminal charges to be pressed against two police officers over an incident this summer when a patient released from a Prague psychiatric hospital went on to stab to death a customer in a superstore. The police officers were called to an incident two weeks...

Chinese foreign ministry says it has noted Czech declaration over Dalai Lama meetings

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:13:00 +0200

China has said that it has taken into account a joint statement by Czech political leaders and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs distancing them from the meeting by some Czech politicians with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama last week. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said the statement...

Czech nanotech companies move from strength to strength

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:09:44 +0200

Around a year ago I traced some of the achievements of the Czech Republic’s nano technology companies, many of which are making an impact on the European and global scene. Twelve months on, I went back to the source, chairman of the Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association, Jiří Kůs, and asked him how companies and key sectors are faring in this cutting edge part of the market.

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Theatre operators and actors: Politicians have failed – we cannot keep silent

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:08:00 +0200

Organisations representing theatres and actors have issued a joint statement entitled We Cannot Keep Silent sharply criticising the Czech Republic’s political elite, in particular President Miloš Zeman. The Association of Professional Theatres and the Actors’ Association condemned a recent declaration...

Charles IV documents readied for rare display

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:49:00 +0200

Valuable papers and documents pertaining to the statesmanship and political and diplomatic work of the Bohemian king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV are being installed at the National Archive in Prague on Wednesday. The items will be on show from Friday to Monday as part of the exhibition Archive...

Prime minister to present George Brady with Kramář medal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:54:00 +0200

The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, is to present George Brady with the Karel Kramář Memorial Medal. In a statement, the PM said that the mayor of Mr. Brady’s hometown of Nové Město na Moravě had requested that he honour the 88-year-old in that way. The news follows a backlash after reports that...

Daily news summary 25.10.2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:36:00 +0200

Zeman mulls Brady award, MPs to honour Brady, record budget surplus

President tries to defuse situation ahead of upcoming state awards

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:34:39 +0200

The Czech president’s spokesman has confirmed the head of state is considering presenting Auschwitz survivor George Brady not with a state honour but a separate award as a “gesture of good will”. The move is an attempt to defuse a widening scandal after the culture minister charged that Brady, his uncle, was struck off the list of this year’s award recipients as punishment for the minister’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.

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Government approves bill on adoption of biological children in same-sex couples

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:34:39 +0200

The Czech government has approved a proposed amendment to the law which would enable gay and lesbian couples to adopt their partner’s biological child. The proposal was supported by the ruling Social Democrats and ANO, but opposed by the Christian Democrats who see it as a threat to the traditional family model. I asked one of the authors of the draft, Deputy Minister for Human Rights Martina Štěpánková, to explain its significance.

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Weather forecast

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:34:00 +0200

It should be cloudy with some fair spells on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 11 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs should remain roughly the same for the rest of the week, though rain is also due.

Lower house to honour George Brady on Thursday

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:22:00 +0200

The Chamber of Deputies will honour George Brady at a ceremonial gathering on Thursday morning. Mr. Brady is to receive a commemorative medal and a commemorative certificate, the speaker of the lower house, Jan Hamáček, told the Czech News Agency. The president’s office is accused of removing Mr. Brady...

Central Bank withdraws ERB Bank’s license

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:34:56 +0200

The Czech Central Bank has withdrawn the license of the small Russian-owned ERB Bank citing poor risk management and violation of exposure rules relating to bond investments. According to Czech Television the decision is legally binding.

Christian Democrat legislators to stay away from October 28 ceremony

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:26:00 +0200

Christian Democrat deputies and senators are to stay away from a state honours ceremony at Prague Castle on October 28. Party leader Pavel Bělobrádek said the event had degenerated into undignified politicking and the settling of personal scores. The announcement follows a scandal linked to the alleged...

Police recommend charges for man who threw egg at Zeman

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:32:00 +0200

Police have proposed that a man accused of throwing an egg at President Miloš Zeman face charges. The man faces up to two years in prison for disorderly conduct over the incident, which took place on the November 17 state holiday last year. A number of missiles were thrown at a stage at Prague’s Albertov,...

Zeman considering presenting award to Brady as “good will gesture”

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:14:00 +0200

President Miloš Zeman says he is considering presenting an award to George Brady at an appropriate occasion. Speaking via his spokesman, Mr. Zeman said this would be a “gesture of good will”. The president’s office is accused of removing Mr. Brady – a Czech-born Holocaust survivor – from a list of recipients...

20th Jihlava documentary festival underway

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:06:00 +0200

The 20th edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival has got underway in the Vysočina town. Among the guests this year at the country’s most important documentary event will be US experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison and Mike Bonanno of activist duo the Yes Men. American psychologist...

Babiš: State budget to show highest surplus ever this year

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:57:00 +0200

The state budget will end in surplus this year, the minister of finance, Andrej Babiš, said on Tuesday. Mr. Babiš said that would be the best budget result since the Czech Republic was founded in 1993. In addition, state debt has fallen for the first time since 2011. The minister chiefly attributed the...

Tennis: Plíšková downs Muguruza in hard-fought WTA Finals debut

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:20:00 +0200

Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková got off to a winning start at her debut at the WTA Finals in Singapore, defeating Spanish-Venezuelan opponent Garbine Muguruza. The match was a dramatic one: Plíšková, ranked fifth in the the world, came back from 4-0 in the third set and saved a match point. The...

Government approves bill on second-parent adoption for same-sex couples

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:01:00 +0200

The government has approved a bill which will allow ‘second-parent adoption’ in the Czech Republic, granting the non-biological partner in registered same-sex partnerships the same legal rights to the child. The issue has been discussed for several years and earlier proposals were tabled in the past....