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Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:29:00 +0200

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PM: Prague will seek to protect rights of Czechs in UK

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:29:00 +0200

Commenting on the official launch of Brexit, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he hoped that a good working relationship could be agreed between the EU and Great Britain that would enable mutually advantageous close cooperation. He said the Czech Republic would primarily seek to protect the…

Daily news summary 29.3.2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:00 +0200

Brexit bad news for EU, bus drivers’ strike, Pilsner Urquell exports rise

Czech and Slovaks combine to celebrate creation of homeland

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:33:22 +0200

The Czech Republic and Slovakia will unite next year to celebrate two major anniversaries: 100 years since the foundation of Czechoslovakia and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Prague Spring and its subsequent crushing by Soviet-led forces. The celebrations are set to be bigger than ever, with nearly 200 events scheduled to take place over the course of the year.

Government approves draft laws within poverty-reduction plan

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:32:00 +0200

The government has approved a draft law that would improve the circumstances of care-givers, families with three or more children and single parents who have problems with alimony payments. Labour Minister Michaela Marksova wants the state to provide advance payments to single parents in such cases and…

Weather forecast

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:13:00 +0200

Thursday should bring partly cloudy skies with rain in places and day temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.

Czech foreign minister urges best possible deal with the UK in Brexit talks

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:12:00 +0200

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has stressed the need to reach the best possible deal with the United Kingdom in the upcoming Brexit talks. Speaking on the day of the official launch of Brexit, Mr. Zaorálek said the UK had been a good partner in the EU and it was essential to try to salvage as…

Škoda Auto divulges Vision E electric car concept ahead of Shanghai debut

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:54:08 +0200

Ahead of the presentation of a prototype at next month’s Shanghai Motor Show in China, Czech carmaker Škoda Auto has just revealed details about, and images of, its first ever fully electric car. The Vision E will combine SUV and coupe elements, travel up to 550 kilometres on one charge-up and be capable of a significant level of autonomous driving.

Czech bus drivers announce nation-wide strike

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:03:00 +0200

Czech bus drivers are to go on a one-day strike in protest of low wages on April 6th, their trade union organization announced on Wednesday, calling for broad participation in the protest. The strike is in protest of the fact that bus drivers have not been awarded the pay increases promised by the government…

Security forces for get wage increase as of June

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:20:00 +0200

Members of the country’s security forces, police and customs officers, firemen and prison wardens will get a ten percent wage increase as of June of this year, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec tweeted following Wednesday’s cabinet meeting where his proposal won final approval. The increase will cost…

Scientist Jiří Drahoš announces candidacy for Czech president

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:11:42 +0200

Jiří Drahoš‏, a former head of the Academy of Sciences, has become the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the post of Czech president. But what are the chances of the scientist beating the incumbent Miloš Zeman and the other contenders in next year’s presidential elections?

Exports of Pilsner Urquell on the rise

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:10:00 +0200

Exports of Pilsner Urquell, the country’s leading beer brand, increased by ten percent year on year reaching 970,000 hectoliters, the company Plzensky Prazdroj reported. In addition to the traditional export destinations such as Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the United States there is also growing demand…

PM Sobotka to meet with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:47:00 +0200

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is scheduled to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin next Monday, on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Czech-German Treaty on Good Neighborly Relations and Cooperation. Ahead of the meeting, Prime…

Russia issues ban on live poultry imports from four Czech regions

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:46:00 +0200

In connection with the spread of bird flu in the Czech Republic, Russia has issued a temporary ban on imports of live poultry and eggs for hatching from the country, according to the TASS news agency. The ban concerns the regions of Pardubice, Karlovy Vary, Hradec Kralove and Plzen. The transport of…

Last ditch appeal to tackle flawed debt collection facing two million Czechs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:17:43 +0200

Debt collecting bailiffs are a factor in the lives of millions of Czechs. Many of them are in fact subject to multiple collection proceedings for fairly minor sums with the costly bureaucracy involved digging them deeper into the mire of debt. A last call has now gone out to politicians from two of the country’s most significant non-profit organisations to reform the current system.

Weather records set around Czech Republic on Tuesday

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:34:00 +0200

Weather records set around Czech Republic on Tuesday Temperature records were set in many parts of the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Half of the measuring stations that have been keeping records for more than 30 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day. The hottest place in the country was Žatec…

Tennis: Plíšková through to Miami Open semi-finals

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:33:00 +0200

In tennis, Karolína Plíšková has reached the Miami Open semi-finals after beating 16th seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 6-4. The Czech second seed is next going to face Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated Czech Lucie Šafářová in the quarter-finals. In the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych is set to face Roger…

Former Academy of Sciences head Jiří Drahoš to run for president

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:53:00 +0200

Former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiří Drahoš, has announced his decision to run in the 2018 presidential elections. the news site reported on Tuesday. Mr Drahoš, who will run as an independent, announced his decision at a public debate in Jablunkov in the Frýdek-Místek region,…

Record number of trains ran red lights in 2016

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:59:00 +0200

Some 118 trains on the Czech Republic’s rail network ran a red light last year, a sharp increase on the previous year. It is nearly thirty more than last year and twice as many as in 2014, the website reported, citing data by the Railway Inspectorate. Most of the incidents did not lead to…

Skier Šárka Strachová announces end of her carrer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:58:00 +0200

Czech skier Šárka Strachová has announced the end of her career. The 32-year-old former world champion in slalom and holder of an Olympic medal announced the news at a press conference in Prague on Tuesday. Strachová claimed her Olympic medal in 2010 in Vancouver, finishing third in slalom. In 2007 she…

Government to earmark 400 million crowns to celebrate foundation of Czechoslovakia

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:57:00 +0200

The government is set to earmark some 400 million crowns for next year’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and the 50th anniversary of Prague Spring uprising. Some 172 events are scheduled to take place in 2018, with more than 50 carried out in cooperation with…

Daily news summary 28.3.2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:55:00 +0200

V4 leaders meeting Record no. of Czechs happy with democracy Rosicky surgery

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Bullied teacher awarded in memoriam

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:54:00 +0200

Education Minister Kateřina Valachová has awarded in memoriam a teacher from a secondary school in Prague’s Malešice district, who died last year after being bullied by her students for several months. The case made national headlines after a video of the bullied teacher was leaked to the Internet. The…

Record number of Czechs happy with state of democracy: poll

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:00 +0200

Three fifths of Czechs are happy with the way democracy is functioning in their country, which is the best result since 2004, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM agency and released on Tuesday. Some 60 percent of those polled said they were happy with the way democracy operates in the Czech Republic,…

Future of data box system uncertain as competition to operate it runs aground

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:38:05 +0200

The future of the Czech Republic’s “data box” repository system, an online platform via which official documents can be lodged with the state authorities, is unclear after a tender process for what is one of the country’s largest public contracts was thrown out.

Czech Hyundai workers to get 12-percent pay rise

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:02:00 +0200

Employees of the second-biggest carmaker in the Czech Republic, Huyndai, will get a pay rise of around 12 percent, the company’s spokesman Petr Vaněk told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. The deal is part of a collective agreement signed by the unions and representatives of the company’s management.…

Is it game over for “cursed genius” Rosický after latest operation?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:58:53 +0200

Tomáš Rosický, once regarded as one of Europe’s most promising young footballers, has just undergone Achilles tendon surgery in the latest in a long series of injury setbacks. Now 36, Rosický says he hopes to return for Sparta Prague next season. However, the former Dortmund and Arsenal midfielder has spent less than 20 minutes on the pitch since returning to his boyhood club last year. I asked football journalist Michal Petrák whether he believed Rosický would ever play again.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:23:00 +0200

Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy with occasional rain showers towards the evening. Daytime temperatures will range between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.

Tennis: Plíšková through to Miami Open quarterfinals

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:23:00 +0200

In tennis, Czech second seed Karolína Plíšková is through to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open tournament after beating compatriot Barbora Strýcova 6-1 6-4. Lucie Šafářová, the former Czech No 5, beat Slovakian fourth seed Dominika Cibulková 7-6, 6-1 to reach the last eight.

V4 leaders meet in Warsaw to discuss Brexit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:23:00 +0200

Legal position of EU citizens in Britain and financial obligations of Great Britain towards EU countries will be among the V4 priorities in negotiations over Brexit, prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries agreed at a meeting in Warsaw on Tuesday. The leaders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary…

Study finds Czechs’ trust in media has fallen sharply

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:02:20 +0200

A new study conducted by polling firm CVVM in conjunction with Masaryk University has found a large decline in trust in the media from the Czech population. From roughly two-thirds trust in the media a decade ago, the data shows that today the number is reversed, with two-thirds distrusting the media. I spoke with independent journalist and former dissident Jan Urban, and began by asking him for his take on the decline:

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