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Czech Railways to increase ticket prices

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that state-owned Czech Railways will begin raising fares across the board over the next few weeks, when its new timetable comes into effect. This price hike is being linked to inflation and is due to rising costs, which include higher wages and more ... more >>
 

Weakest Senate in history

Prague Daily Monitor Hospodarske Noviny suggests that the Senate, which finished its term last month, was politically, the weakest Senate the country has seen since its inception. Analysing the Senate's involvement in the law-making process, HN suggests that, only in 9 instances in the previous ... more >>
 

United opposition to vote against Babiš on Friday

Prague Daily Monitor Leaders of the opposition announced to reporters on Tuesday, that the opposition would unanimously vote against the government in Friday's vote of no confidence. Leaders of the Pirates, TOP 09, STAN and ODS called on President Milos Zeman not to reinstall Prime ... more >>
 

Communists to support Babiš

Prague Daily Monitor The leadership of the Communist party (KSCM) agreed to extend support to embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis and the minority government over the Stork's Nest matter on Tuesday night. read more more >>
 

HQs of CzechTourism, Regional Development Ministry raided

Anti-corruption police officers staged raids on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of both the Ministry for Regional Development and the state agency CzechTourism. The Prague Public Prosecutor's Office said the officers were collecting evidence related to CzechTourism contracts but declined… more >>
 

Army chief outlines urgent need for gear, weaponry

Czech Army Chief of Staff Aleš Opata has said the country’s armed forces urgently need to make a series purchases, ranging from protective gear for soldiers in the field to helicopters and radar systems, the daily Právo reports. Opata said these items include bulletproof vests and helmets, hand ... more >>
 

Analysts: Czech currency faces continued downward pressure

Downward pressure on the Czech crown will likely continue for years to come due to gradual sell-offs by foreign investors who bought a large volume of the currency during the three-year period of intervention by the Czech National Bank to keep the domestic currency artificially weaker, ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Thursday should be partly cloudy throughout the country with occasional light rain, sleet or snow showers likely especially in the Vysočina and southern Moravian regions. Daytimes highs should range between 1 to 5 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Lukáš Zeman wins Czech Press Photo with shot of orangutans

Photographer Lukáš Zeman came first in the 2018 Czech Press Photo competition with a picture of an orangutan and its dying infant. The winning photo illustrates the destruction of nature in Borneo and breaks with a tradition of politically-themed pictures winning the annual contest. The News ... more >>
 

Social Democrats to decide on position ahead of no-confidence vote

Junior coalition partners the Social Democrats are to decide on Wednesday whether to support the ANO-led government of Andrej Babiš in a no-confidence vote at the end of the week. Social Democrats’ chairman Jan Hamáček is in favour of remaining in government with ANO but has suggested Mr. Babiš ... more >>
 

Countries once divided by Iron Curtain join to protect environment

The European Green Belt is a stretch of wilderness running along the former Iron Curtain, which once divided the continent. It has evolved along the border for more than four decades and today is the longest and largest ecological network of its kind not only in Europe, but in the whole ... more >>
 

Concrete administration building wins Czech architecture prize

David Kraus’s administration building in Strančice won this year’s annual Czech architecture award. The building was praised by an international jury for its regional uniqueness and received the prize on Monday at a ceremony, in Prague’s Forum Karlín. The design, along with the winners of partner... more >>
 

Daily news summary 20.11.2018

Opposition Hamáček rethink call, Czech in BBC 100 Women, Nations League safety more >>
 

Government report highlights alarming state of Czech forests

The impact of global climate change in the Czech Republic can be felt more strongly than ever before, suggests a newly-released government report on the state of the Czech environment for the year 2017. One of the most pressing issues highlighted by the report is the alarming state of Czech forests. more >>
 

Richest Czech Kellner buys daughter horse for quarter billion crowns

The Czech Republic’s richest man has Petr Kellner has bought a horse valued at around CZK 250,000,000, the news website iHned.cz reported on Tuesday. The mare named Catch Me if You Can will be ridden by Mr. Kellner’s daughter, Anna Kellnerová, who is a competitive showjumper. The purchase was ... more >>
 

ČSSD Vice Chair Netolický says Babiš should go to let government survive

Prague Daily Monitor Vice Chair Martin Netolický of the Social Democrats told Czech Television on Monday night, that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš should voluntarily resign and let ANO appoint another leader in his place. This would be the preferred option for a number of ČSSD MPs, as the ... more >>
 

More Czech parents choosing not to vaccinate

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that an increasing number of parents in the Czech Republic are choosing not to vaccinate their children, and consequently the country faces a serious risk of previously eradicated diseases returning. read more more >>
 

Zeman meets with Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan

Prague Daily Monitor Jiří Ovčáček the President's spokesperson, announced on Twitter, that President Miloš Zeman welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan at the Lany Chateau on Monday. read more more >>
 

Babiš meets with Zeman at Lány, has his support

Prague Daily Monitor Embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with President Miloš Zeman at the Lany Chateau for dinner on Monday to discuss the ongoing controversy about the Stork's Nest matter and his son's involvement. Babiš told reporters after the dinner, that he had the support of Zeman in... more >>
 

Government approves minimum wage hike for 2019

The Czech government will increase the minimum wage by 1,150 crowns to 13,350 crowns a month from January 2019, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová tweeted from an early morning cabinet meeting on Tuesday. more >>
 
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