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Weather forecast

Tuesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in the eastern parts of the country and day temperatures between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Interior Ministry to focus on hate speech on social networks and sites spreading fake news

The Interior Ministry wants to focus on hate speech on social networks and sites spreading fake news, according to its 2018 report on extremism and priorities outlined for the future. The ministry says verbal expressions of racism and xenophobia are concentrated around sites featuring fake ... more >>
 

Czech MP suffers racial attack

The police are investigating a racial attack against lower house deputy Dominik Feri in Moravia on Sunday. The incident happened in the town of Borsice where Feri was attending a cultural event. He was attacked on the streets of the town by two men who knifed and punched him yelling that ... more >>
 

Czech politicians offer condolences and aid to Sri Lanka

Czech politicians have joined in the widespread international condemnation of the tragic Easter attacks in Sri Lanka. President Miloš Zeman called the attacks “monstrous”, offering heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš likewise expressed ... more >>
 

Church and social historian Tomáš Petráček on Czech secularism, Slavic paganism, and Easter as a celebration of life

In a wide-ranging interview at the start of Holy Week, leading up to Easter, the Roman Catholic priest Tomáš Petráček – a leading church and social historian – talks about the pagan, Slavic, communist and Hapsburg influences on the position of the church in Czech society over the centuries, and ... more >>
 

Embassy says no Czechs among Sri Lanka victims, politicians offer their condolences

Around 400 Czech citizens are currently in Sri Lanka which was hit by a series of terror attacks in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, Czech Television reports. The local Czech embassy says no Czechs fell victim to the attacks which current reports say claimed 185 lives including those of 35 ... more >>
 

Hradišťan sings Easter songs and carols

Our Easter Sunday music show is dedicated to an album called Studánko Rubínko or Ruby Well by the band Hradišťan, one of the country’s most respected performers of folk music. The album, intended for children and their parents, includes songs, nursery rhymes, poems and carols, connected with ... more >>
 

Moravian Easter – a celebration of new life

Traditional Easter celebrations in the Czech Republic have a strong religious connotation. However, many of the customs connected with this season date back to pre-Christian days. This is especially true of the eastern part of the country. Moravia is a historically and culturally distinct region ... more >>
 

Czech Easter traditions explained

Easter in the Czech Republic is a colourful mix of Christian and pagan traditions. People savor both the spiritual dimension of the holiday and celebrate the coming of spring. For this Easter special I met with food critic Petra Pospěchová to talk about Easter foods, Easter traditions, why so ... more >>
 

Czech Republic’s oil reserves down on previous year

The Czech Republic’s current oil reserves would only last for 83 days of net import, which is three days less than last year, the head of Administration of State Material reserves Pave Švagr told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. The Czech Republic has not been fulfilling the European ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 18.4.2019

Justice Minister quits National Gallery head sacked Press Freedom sinks more >>
 

Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek steps down

Minister of Justice Jan Kněžínek has announced his decision to step down amid growing speculation that he would also be part of a pending government reshuffle. Mr Kněžínek said he had considered resigning for some time. Mr Kněžínek will be replaced in the post by Marie Benešová, who served as ... more >>
 

Weather

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with daytime highs ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

RSF: Czech oligarchs, nation’s president and PM continue to undermine press freedom

The Czech Republic has dropped another six spots in the annual global ranking of press freedom published by the watchdog Reporters Without Borders. The country is now in 40th place, after a steady slide over the past four years. more >>
 

Number of fires in open nature keeps increasing

Czech firefighters have had to deal with nearly 1700 fires since the beginning of April, a spokeswoman for the Czech Fire Rescue Service said on Thursday. In April, they were called to assist in 98 fires a day, which is two times the average. Eight people died as a result of the fires and 71 were... more >>
 

PM Babiš says national investment plan not to be made public

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has refused to make public the so-called national investment plan encompassing 17,000 projects worth 3.5 billion crowns, despite his previous promise to do so. Reacting to an inquiry by Social Democrat MP Zbyněk Stanjura, Mr Babiš said the plan was an internal ... more >>
 

EU approves Liberty House's purchase of ArcelorMittal's Czech and European assets

Prague Daily Monitor The European Commission announced in a press release on Wednesday, that it had approved under the EU Merger Regulation, Liberty House Group's purchases of several ArcelorMittal steel plants, sold under commitments made by ArcelorMittal in order to buy Ilva. read more more >>
 

Mortgage rate drops in March 2019

Prague Daily Monitor The average mortgage rate fell in March 2019 to 2.9%, from 2.99%, in February 2019. According to Czech Television, based on data released by Fincentra Hypoindex, this is the biggest monthly fall, since March 2015. The lowest recorded rate was 1.77% in December 2016, and the ... more >>
 

Petříček to travel to Bratislava for V4 meeting with France

Prague Daily Monitor Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomas Petříček (ČSSD) will travel to Bratislava on Thursday, April 18th, for a meeting of Visegrad 4 Foreign Ministers with the French Foreign Minister. read more more >>
 

ODS removes Klaus Jr. from Parliamentary Education Committee

Prague Daily Monitor The Civic Democrats finally managed to remove former ODS member Václav Klaus Jr. as the Chairman of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport of the Chamber of Deputies, on Wednesday. He will be replaced by ODS member Karel Krejza. read more more >>
 
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