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Russian ambassador says there is no change in Russia’s position on 1968 invasion

The Russian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Alexander Zmejevskij, has assured President Zeman that Moscow has no intention of changing its position on the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, as reflected in the 1993 agreement between Russia and the Czech Republic. The ambassador ... more >>

PwC report: Prague increasingly attractive for real estate investors

Prague is catching up with West European real estate markets, the daily e15 reports, citing a new survey released by PriceWaterhouseCooper and the Urban Land Institute, carried out among developers and investors. According to the 2019 report, Prague is one of the 20 most sought after cities ... more >>

Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids forms bridge between the past with the future

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prides itself on bringing Czech and Slovak expats more in touch with their roots, as well as inspiring all people to connect with Czech and Slovak history and culture. The museum’s President and CEO Cecilia Rokusek visited ... more >>

Daily news summary 13.6.2019

Senate to study EC audits,Zeman to meet Russian ambassador,Prague equality more >>

Weather forecast

Friday should bring clear skies around most of the country with day temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius. more >>

Sculptor continues with plans for Old Town Sq. column despite lacking permit

For more than 250 years, a large Marian column stood on Prague’s Old Town Square. In 1918, it was torn down by an angry mob which saw it as a symbol of Austrian rule. Now, more than 100 years later, sculptor Petr Váňa is attempting to put up a copy of the Baroque structure at its ... more >>

Call highlights fears over Czech public media’s continued independence

The Czech branch of the International Press Institute has called on MPs to exercise maximum responsibility in the choice of two new members of the council overseeing the Czech News Agency wire service. Respekt reported that in a first round of voting ANO backed an anti-Semitic candidate who looks... more >>

Police push ahead with investigation of dubious Export Bank loans

Officers from the country’s National Centre for Combatting Organized Crime have proposed filing criminal charges against a former employee of the Czech Export Bank who is believed to be responsible for two suspect loans afforded to companies between 2007 and 2010 which resulted in damages to the ... more >>

Use of social networks among Czechs sees a slight drop

The use of social networks among Czechs has seen a slight drop, according to a survey conducted by AMI Digital Index. While last year 80 percent of Internet users in the country went on social networks daily, now their number is at 77 percent and the average time spent on social networks has ... more >>

State-owned forestry company suffers loss in profit due to bark-beetle infestation

The state-owned forestry company Česke Lesy saw a 70 million crown loss in profit in 2018, down from 3.08 billion crowns the previous year. The reason was a significant fall in the price of timber due to the bark-beetle calamity that has hit many areas of Bohemia and Moravia, which resulted in ... more >>

Senate sets up commission to assess EC audits on PM Babiš

The Senate has established a special commission to assess the European Commission audits concerning Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's suspected conflict of interest which could mean that the Czech Republic might have to return close to half a billion crowns in EU subsidies. The commission, headed by… more >>

Prague is city with highest level of equality, claims study

Prague has the lowest level of differences between the rich and poor, according to a study conducted by the consulting firm A. T. Kearney, which analysed the quality of life in 130 metropolises across the world. The Czech capital came in first in the so-called Gini coefficient, a measure ... more >>

President to meet with Russian ambassador to discuss 1968 invasion bill

President Miloš Zeman will meet with the Russian ambassador to Prague on Thursday afternoon in order to discuss a controversial draft amendment to the Russian law on veterans, which has caused much indignation among Czech officials, including the president, whose spokesman called it unacceptable.... more >>

Senate: Suspicion around PM’s conflict of interests damaging Czech position in EU

The upper house of Czech Parliament agreed on a resolution on Wednesday, stating that the ongoing suspicion around Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interests is damaging the Czech Republic’s position at European Council meetings and could have an impact on discussions regarding the EU ... more >>

Daily news summary 12.6.2019

More demonstrations against PM, cyber threat to gov. offices, population grows more >>

Prices of vegetables continue to rise, reaching record highs

The prices of basic commodities in Czech shops continue to rise. According to data released by the Czech Statistics Office, consumer prices in May increased by 0.6 percent compared to April, driven mainly by higher prices of food, specifically fruit and vegetables. more >>

Czech brewery rolls out first wastewater beer

A small brewery in the South Bohemian village of Čížová has produced the Czech Republic’s first beer made from recycled, purified wastewater. The water came from a Prague wastewater treatment plant and was processed by experts from the company Veolia. So far, the brewery has rolled out some 15 ... more >>


High temperatures are set to continue throughout the week, reaching 33 degrees Celsius on Saturday. However, a storm is expected to arrive in Bohemia on Wednesday night, with further storms forecast across Moravia on Thursday. more >>

Czech Republic’s population grows, despite higher death to birth ratio

The Czech Republic’s population grew by 3,000 in the first quarter of 2019, the Czech Statistics Agency announced on Wednesday. The rise was the consequence of net migration, which reached 16,700 people in the measured period, the highest number in the past 10 years. In contrast, ... more >>

Sculptor brings Marian Column to Prague despite construction ban

The Czech sculptor Petr Váňa, who has spent years crafting the components of a new baroque style Marian Column, whose predecessor used to stand on Prague’s Old Town Square before it was torn down by an angry mob in November 1918, has transported the pillar’s pieces by boat to the capital. He was ... more >>
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