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Czech industrial growth up 6.7 pct in October

Czech industrial production grew by 6.7 percent year on year in October, after somewhat weaker performance in recent months, data from the Czech Statistical Office show. New orders reached double digit growth, suggesting that recent weakness could be related to one-offs. Manufacturing grew by... more >>

Weather outlook

Saturday should be cloudy in Prague and in the western and northern most parts of the country, with scattered showers likely. Daytime highs should be between 5 to 9 degrees Celsius. In Bohemia and Vysočina, strong winds with gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour are anticipated over the weekend. more >>

Report: number of Czech crystal meth, opioid addicts and ODs rising

The number of drug overdoses has been rising steadily along with the use of opioids, according to the latest annual report by the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction. Last year, 42 people died from drug overdoses, up from 32 the year before, it says. Meanwhile, large-scale ... more >>

Respekt: Charles University vice-rector accused by grad students of plagiarism

A Charles University vice-rector is being investigated for plagiarism following a complaint by several graduate students, the investigative weekly Respekt reports. The students charge that Prof. Martin Kovář, who heads the Institute of World History at the university’s philosophical faculty, ... more >>

Senate chairman supports President's call to move Czech embassy to Jerusalem

Recently elected Senate chairman Jaroslav Kubera of the opposition centre-right Civic Democrats has expressed his support for President Miloš Zeman’s plan to move the Czech embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Mr Kubera’s comments came on Thursday evening following his first ... more >>

Zeman: BIS report contains no evidence on Russian or Chinese spies

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, says an annual report by the Czech Republic’s counterintelligence service, BIS, does not contain any evidence on concrete Russian or Chinese spies in the country. Speaking on TV Barrandov on Thursday evening, Mr. Zeman described the BIS report as “blather”. The ... more >>

Czechs into semi-finals at Floorball World Championships after hammering Denmark

The Czech Republic have reached the semi-finals of the Floorball World Championships after easily overcoming Denmark 10:1. The turnout for Thursday night’s quarter-final at Prague’s O2 Arena was 5,073 and brought the overall attendance for the current edition of the sport’s World Championships to... more >>

Babiš: Morocco could become the Czech Republic’s largest trading partner in Africa

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš launched a bilateral Czech-Moroccan Business Forum in the city of Casablanca on Wednesday. In his speech, Mr. Babiš said that Morocco could become the Czech Republic’s largest trading partner on the African continent and that the two countries are currently ... more >>

Czech foreign minister says US stand on INF treaty perfectly understandable

NATO foreign ministers concluded two days of talks in Brussels on Wednesday focussing on issues such as the INF Treaty, the crisis in the Sea of Azov, stability in the Western Balkans and Afghanistan. The Czech Republic was represented by Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček. more >>

Daily news summary 6.12.2018

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“Paneláks” – home for many Czechs, but what does the future hold?

Every third Czech lives in a „panelák“. These blocks of flats made of prefabricated parts are a typical feature of all the former Soviet satellite countries. They were built to last only for two or three generations. Now, their inhabitants are doing their best to prolong their life-span. However,... more >>

MEPs to discuss Babiš conflict of interest accusation Wednesday

The European Parliament will debate possible conflict of interest on the part of the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, next Wednesday. The motion was submitted by the European Greens with the support of the European People’s Party. MEPs are expected to hear the positions of the European ... more >>

Some 10,000 Czech businesses fronted by homeless “white horses”

It is generally still easier in the Czech Republic than elsewhere in the EU to hide crucial parts of corporate structures – including the ultimate beneficial owners of a business – from public scrutiny. While registering a business in a non-transparent tax haven is one way for owners to ... more >>

CT: Minister Dostálová key suspect in CzechTourism investigation

The minister for regional development, ANO appointee Klára Dostálová, is a key suspect in a police investigation into the state agency CzechTourism, Czech Television reported. It said a court order for a search of Ms. Dostálová’s home indicates that she is suspected of handing out contracts ... more >>

Press: Coalition parties touting different visions of free school lunches

The two coalition parties are in favour of free lunches at elementary schools and kindergartens but have different conceptions of which children should receive them, Právo reported on Thursday. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO wants to bring in free lunches for all elementary school pupils and ... more >>

Students criticise Ovčáček university lecture

A group of students has criticised that fact that Jiří Ovčáček, the spokesperson of President Miloš Zeman, was invited to give a lecture at a university. The head of a faculty at Prague’s University of Economics invited Mr. Ovčáček to speak about fake news and introduced him as “the most ... more >>

Question time halted when no cabinet members show up

A question time session of the Chamber of Deputies was abandoned on Thursday morning when no members of the ANO-Social Democrats cabinet turned up, reported. Government ministers excused their absences by citing work commitments or international trips. Around 90 members of the ... more >>

Ministers to debate extremism report with purported reference to Okamura party

The State Security Council has taken note of a 2017 report on extremism in the Czech Republic in the original wording drafted by the Ministry of the Interior, the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, said on Thursday. The study will now be debated by the government. There have been media ... more >>

Weather forecast

It should be overcast and rainy in the Czech Republic on Friday, with temperatures of up to 8 degrees Celsius. Precipitation is expected for much of the next week, with daytime highs likely to gradually fall to around freezing point. more >>

Retail sales up 6.4 percent in October

Retail sales in October, excluding car sales, rose by 6.4 percent in annual terms, the Czech Statistical Office announced on Thursday. The growth signals stronger than usual pre-Christmas holiday spending, analysts said, in line with Czechs’ rising purchasing power. Online sales grew at an ... more >>
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