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Daily news summary 24.4.2019

Zeman China return, church tax demise warning, Le Pen and Wilders for Prague more >>

Villagers shocked to find their nurtured sea eagle nest was likely poisoned

Residents of an Eastern Bohemian village were recently shocked to find their cherished nest of sea eagles had been wiped out by what seems to have been poison. Ornithologists have been summoned to the vicinity and the local police have launched an investigation. more >>

Communists’ declare victory on “church restitution tax”, but Constitutional Court battle likely looms

A controversial proposal to tax money paid to religious groups in compensation for property seized under Communism is a step closer to becoming law. In their first session since the Easter holiday, MPs on Tuesday overrode a veto by the Senate to tax the restitution income of 16 Czech churches and... more >>

Leaders: Taxing compensation could cause churches’ demise

The taxation of financial compensation paid to churches in lieu of properties not returned in restitution could have dire consequences for faith groups, religious leaders have said. In a statement on Wednesday, the chairs of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, the Ecumenical Council of Churches and ... more >>

Body of miner who died in December removed in Karviná

Rescue workers have removed the body of a miner who died in an explosion at a mine in Karviná in the Moravian-Silesian Region in December. The remains of four others are expected to be exhumed by the end of the month, a spokesperson for the district state prosecutor’s office said. Thirteen ... more >>

Weather forecast

It should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic on Thursday, with temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs are expected to then fall to the mid-teens Celsius at the weekend. more >>

Bill aimed at reducing mobile data costs clears first hurdle in lower house

A government bill on electronic communications aimed at reducing the cost of mobile data in the Czech Republic has been approved by the lower house in a first reading. Among other things the legislation would allow customers to give only two days’ notice if they wish to end a contract with an ... more >>

ANO would win elections

Prague Daily Monitor The latest political opinion polls released by the Public Opinion Research Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for April 2019, indicate that ANO would win the elections, with 32% of the vote. read more more >>

Risk of fires in Czechia is amongst the highest in Europe

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports, based on the latest data from the EU's Copernicus Programme, which is the European system for monitoring the earth, that given the arid, drought-like conditions present on the continent, the Czech Republic is amongst the countries with the highest ... more >>

Hamáček warns ANO over Supreme State Prosecutor

Prague Daily Monitor Jan Hamáček, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the ČSSD, the junior partner in the current governing coalition, warned ANO and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that his party would leave the coalition, if the government attempted to remove Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman ... more >>

Zeman begins on sixth visit to China as president

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, sets off on a working visit to China on Wednesday. He is due to hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as leading representatives of Huawei, Bank of China and CITIC. The Czech authorities have identified Huawei products as a security threat ... more >>

Le Pen and Wilders due to speak in central Prague on Thursday

A heightened police presence is planned for central Prague on Thursday, with anti-European Union politicians due to speak at a gathering held by the Czech party Freedom and Direct Democracy. France’s Marie Le Pen and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands will speak at a protest on Wenceslas Square ... more >>

Zeman begins sixth visit to China as president

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, sets off on a working visit to China on Wednesday. He is due to hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as leading representatives of Huawei, Bank of China and CITIC. The Czech authorities have identified Huawei products as a security threat ... more >>

Czech car production down 3.8 pct in Q1, top exporter Škoda Auto sites flagging Chinese sales

Car production in the Czech Republic fell by 3.8 percent year-on-year to 363,052 vehicles in the first quarter of 2019,, the Automotive Industry Association said on Wednesday. The drop was led by Škoda Auto, the Czech Republic’s largest exporter, whose production fell by 3 percent in annual ... more >>

Confidence in Czech economy rises slightly in April from two-year low

Overall confidence in the Czech economy rose slightly in April to 97.1 points from 97 points the previous month, the lowest rating in two years, Czech Statistical Office data published on Wednesday show. Entrepreneur confidence increased month to month by 0.3 points to 95.8 points while consumer... more >>

Czech MPs overrule Senate, vote 114-57 Churches must pay restitution tax

MPs have overruled a Senate veto and voted 114-57 in favour of a Communist proposal to tax financial compensation awarded to churches in lieu of property that could not be returned in restitution. The Senate had argued the proposal was both unconstitutional and unjust – in effect, 16 Czech ... more >>

Daily news summary 23.4.2019

Prague concert for Notre-Dame, Karlovo náměstí renewal, Academia Film Olomouc more >>

More than 60 percent of Czechs believe joining EU was right move, survey shows

More than 60 percent of Czechs believe the decision to join the European Union nearly 15 years ago was beneficial to their country, an exclusive poll commissioned by Czech Radio shows. Benefits such as the ability to work abroad and visa free travel were seen as especially positive by over ... more >>

Academia Film Olomouc festival underway, Richard Dawkins among guest speakers

Academia Film Olomouc, an annual international science documentary film festival held under the patronage of Palacký University, gets underway on Tuesday. The festival focuses on science and educational films from a wide range of academic fields, technology and the arts. The year’s umbrella ... more >>

The tradition of “whipping“ girls on Easter Monday

The town of Vlčnov, in southern Moravia, is famous for its folklore festival The Ride of the Kings. However folklore traditions are maintained on many other occasions, such as the tradition of “whipping““ girls with willow branches on Easter Monday to make them healthy and strong in the coming year. more >>
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