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Ski resorts

Most Czechs enjoy winter sports and are willing to spend large sums of money on holidays at ski resorts at home and abroad. The Alps are traditionally a popular holiday destination, but the favourable weather conditions this winter offer great opportunities for skiing at home - in the Krkonoše ... more >>

Daily news summary 15.2.2019

Communists seek ministers’ recall, Huawei warning confirmed, GDP growth slows more >>

Smržovka – a haven for luge riders

It used to be a common form of transport and fun in winter months centuries ago, but its popularity receded with the introduction of motor vehicles and skis. Now luge riding is making a comeback, with several specially designed luge natural-tracks sprouting across the country. One of them is ... more >>

Communists seek ouster of ministers of foreign affairs, transport, health

The Communist Party, whose support Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) minority government relies upon, is pushing for the ouster of three ministers. Party leader Vojtěch Filip told journalists after a meeting of the Communist executive committee on Friday that they want to see Foreign Minister ... more >>

Facebook takes main Big Brother award in Czech Republic

The Czech Big Brother awards, recognizing the biggest privacy intruders of 2018, have gone to Facebook, the Czech Financial Administration and the company iRobot, producing intelligent vacuum cleaners. In the Czech Republic the awards have been presented since 2005 by the Iuridicum remedium civic... more >>

Press: Czech economy sees slowest growth among Visegrad Group states

Czech economic growth in 2018 slowed to 3 percent, down from 4.5 the previous year, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office. While confidence in the economy is still high, in terms of economic growth, the Czech Republic is lagging behind the other Visegrad Group states. more >>

Czech Technical University dumps Huawei

Prague Daily Monitor reports that the Czech Technical University (ČVUT), the country's top technical institution, has decided to end its collaboration with Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei. This is ostensibly being done, following a warning against Huawei from NÚKIB, the country's... more >>

Prosecutors ask Organised Crime Taskforce to investigate whether Mynář broke the law

Prague Daily Monitor State Prosecutor Jan Lelek asked the National Taskforce against Organised Crime (NCOZ) to investigate whether Vratislav Mynář, the President's Chief of Staff, interfered with the independence of the courts. Lelek was acting on a criminal complaint filed by Senator ... more >>

Rectors conference supports Charles Uni. in battle against Zeman

Prague Daily Monitor The Czech Rectors Conference, the leading education body in the country, underlined its support for Charles University, in its legal challenge to President Zeman, over his refusal to name two of the university's academics, professors. The university filed new lawsuits in the ... more >>

Ethics Commission finds former Charles Uni. vice rector guilty of plagiarism

Prague Daily Monitor Charles University's Ethics Commission found Professor Martin Kovář, a former vice rector of the University and well-known historian, guilty of plagiarism. Late last year, Kovář was accused of a number of instances of plagiarism in his books, over the last two decades, by ... more >>

Czech billionaire’s CMI finalises purchase of Lagardère titles, including Elle

Czech Media Invest (CMI), co-owned by billionaire Daniel Křetínský, has finalised its purchase Lagardère group’s magazine titles in France, including the flagship title Elle, France Dimanche and Ici Paris. In connection with the sale, CMI has been granted an exclusive licence for the Elle brand ... more >>

“We can mix anything you want”, says owner of Brno’s world famous bar chain

When 23-year-old Jan Vlachynský and his friend decided to open a bar in their local town they hedged their bets on originality and customer service. Seven years later it seems their project paid off bigtime. He now co-owns five bars across Brno whose distinct character has not only made them ... more >>

ÚSTR issues biographical encyclopaedia of high-ranking ČSSR Communist Party members

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) has published a biographical encyclopaedia profiling Czechoslovak Communist Party functionaries and leaders active in the years 1921 to 1989. Petr Anev, co-editor of the 1,500-page publication, said it provides readers with a concise ... more >>

Police receive three suits vs. President's chancellor over judicial independence

A Prague district prosecutor's office has received three lawsuits filed against the Czech president’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, all of which concern possible efforts to influence court decisions. Chancellor Mynář is alleged to have tried repeatedly to influence judges in key courts to take… more >>

Czech GDP growth seen slowing to 2.7 percent in 2019

Czech economic grow should slow to about 2.7 percent this year, down from 3 percent in 2018 and 4.5 percent in 2017, a survey of economists by the ČTK news agency shows. Their comments came following the release of preliminary GDP data by the Czech Statistical Office on Friday. Analysts told ... more >>

Weather outlook

Saturday should be clear and warm throughout country with daytime highs of 8 to 12 degrees Celsius. more >>

Pixar exhibition gets underway in Prague

An exhibition of artworks from one of the world’s most renowned animation studios, Pixar, gets underway at Prague’s Holešovice Exhibition Grounds on Friday. Called Pixar - 30 Years of Animation, the exhibition showcases hundreds of original drawings, from the early animated shorts to Toy ... more >>

Czech cyber watchdog confirms warning against Huawei

The National Cyber and Information Security Agency has reiterated its warning that Huawei and ZTE products should not be used in Czech critical infrastructure. The agency sent its reply to Huawei on Thursday, following the company’s request for a cancellation or modification of its ... more >>

Ethics committee confirms plagiarism charges

Former Charles University vice-rector Martin Kovář is guilty of plagiarism, according to the ethics committee of the university’s philosophical faculty. The committee made the announcement at a meeting of the Academic Senate on Thursday. Mr Kovář, who headed the institute of World History at ... more >>

Foreign Minister Petříček to attend Munich security conference

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček is set to attend the international security conference Munich, scheduled to take place this weekend. The head of Czech diplomacy will speak at a panel discussion focused on Europe’s ability to defend itself in a new era of multi-polar world. ... more >>
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