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President Zeman would halt possible prosecution of PM if case is reopened

President Miloš Zeman said in a television interview on Thursday he would use his power to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš if Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman were to invalidate a decision by the Prague State Attorney’s Office to close the case involving the prime ... more >>
 

Vole infestation causes damages of over half a billion crowns

Damages to the grain harvest caused by the widespread infestation of voles have reached half a billion crowns so far, the Czech Republic’s Agricultural Association announced at a press conference on Friday, adding that the figure is likely to grow even further. more >>
 

President Zeman pledges to halt prosecution of PM Babiš over Stork’s Nest ‘if necessary’

President Miloš Zeman has said he would halt a criminal investigation into the so-called Stork’s Nest case that has dogged Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) for years. His talk of a possible ‘pardon’ has been widely condemned as an attempt to undermine the judiciary – and contradicts a vow he ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 20.9.2019

President would halt case against PM,climate protest,German restitution claim more >>
 

Czech Radio survey: the life of the traditional working class

An in-depth survey commissioned by Czech Radio suggests that Czech society is divided into six social classes that differ in terms of resources and status. The study defines two types of upper middle class, three types of lower middle class and an impoverished class. Czech Radio found a ... more >>
 

New book sheds light on the post-war hunt for Nazi war criminals in Czechoslovakia

After the end of the Second World War it was often very difficult to catch and bring Nazi war criminals and their collaborators to justice. Historian Vojtěch Kyncl from the Czech Academy of Sciences has written a new book called Beasts: Czechoslovakia and the Persecution of Nazi Criminals, ... more >>
 

Weather forecast

Saturday should bring clear to partly cloudy skies and day temperatures between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Czech students join climate change protests

Hundreds of young people gathered on Prague’s Old Town Square and in many other Czech towns and cities on Friday joining the international climate change protests launched by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. The student gathering then marched through the centre of Prague, marking the start ... more >>
 

Political scientists: PM’s supporters will remain loyal

Political scientists say that if the president were to intervene and halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the move would not affect the degree of support the prime minister enjoys. Political scientist Lubomír Kopeček from Masaryk University in Brno says that Andrej ... more >>
 

Deputy PM says interference from president in PM’s favour would be unacceptable

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček has said that any move by the president to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would be unacceptable interference in the work of the judiciary and would violate the principle that all citizens are equal before the law. He did not ... more >>
 

Deputy PM says interference from president in PM’s favour would be inappropriate

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček has said that any move by the president to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would be inappropriate interference in the work of the judiciary and would violate the principle that all citizens are equal before the law. He did not ... more >>
 

PM refuses to speculate about the possibility of renewed investigation

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has refused to speculate about whether he would accept President Zeman’s gesture to halt his possible prosecution if Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman were to invalidate the decision of the Prague State Attorney’s Office. If he were to accept such a solution it ... more >>
 

President Zeman would ‘pardon’ PM Babiš if charged over Stork’s Nest

President Miloš Zeman said in a television interview on Thursday he would halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), contradicting a pledge he made in a televised debate ahead of being re-elected head of state last year. The President’s remarks aired on the same day the ... more >>
 

Sumpreme Court rejects German Order’s complaint seeking return of Czech castle

The Czech Constitutional Court has rejected a German catholic religious order’s legal complaint over its failed bid to win control of Bouzov Castle in Moravia. The court rejected the German Order’s claim to be a legal successor to the Order of Teutonic Knights, which before World War II owned ... more >>
 

Supreme Court rejects German Order’s complaint seeking return of Czech castle

The Czech Constitutional Court has rejected a German Catholic religious order’s legal complaint over its failed bid to win control of Bouzov Castle in Moravia. The court rejected the German order’s claim to be a legal successor to the Order of Teutonic Knights, which before World War II owned ... more >>
 

Four biggest Czech banks agree to join PM Babiš’s National Development Fund

The Czech government and the country's four largest commercial banks signed a memorandum of cooperation on Thursday to create a National Development Fund aimed at investing in projects in infrastructure, education and healthcare. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) had proposed creating such a fund… more >>
 

Report: Wealth of Czech households’ grows despite global trend

The financial assets in industrial and emerging countries declined simultaneously for the first time last year, suggests the annual Allianz Global Wealth Report, released this week. In spite of this trend, Czech households saw an increase by 4.4 percent on the previous year. more >>
 

Daily news summary 19.9.2019

Stork’s Nest decision explained, V4 and NATO Days, reSite conference underway more >>
 

Czech Radio survey: The life of the wealthy upper middle class

An in-depth survey commissioned by Czech Radio suggests that Czech society is divided into six social classes that differ in terms of resources and status. The study defines two types of upper middle class, three types of lower middle class and an impoverished class. Czech Radio found a ... more >>
 

King’s Singers launch annual music festival Lípa Musica

The international music festival Lípa Musica got underway this week with a performance by the British vocal ensemble King’s Singers in the Hejnice Monastery in North Bohemia. Over the course of the next few weeks, the festival will offer over 20 performances both on the Czech and German side of ... more >>
 
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