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Roma helping NGO may be represented by a racist

Many in the Czech Republic are currently gripped by the sitcom ‘Most!’ broadcast by Czech Television. The main hero of the show, who is an open racist, also heads one of the city’s leading NGO’s supporting the local Roma through state funds. Now a report by Czech Radio has revealed that this may ... more >>
 

Weather

Temperatures are set to hover between seven to 11 degrees Celsius on Thursday. In Bohemia will be sunny, with clounds appearing in the east of the country and rain expected to continue in Silesia. On Friday the weather should be even warmer with temperatures reaching as high as 12 degrees. more >>
 

New media freedom watchdog established in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a new media freedom watchdog. A number of leading journalists this week established a Czech branch of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists set up to protect press freedom and support ... more >>
 

Leader of Social Democrats says Foreign Minister Petříček’s sacking could result in fall of government

Jan Hamáček, the leader of the Social Democrats, a junior partner in the minortiy government, told Czech Radio that if the prime minister were to sack Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, it could lead to the fall of the government. Since assuming office in October 2018 Mr. Petříček’s foreign policy ... more >>
 

Inflation up by 2.5 percent in January, say statisticians

The Czech Statistics Office has reported a five month high in year-on-year inflation growth, which reached 2.5 percent in January. Housing costs as well as alcohol and tobacco prices experienced a particularly high surge. The highest increase is noticeable in electricity prices, which went up ... more >>
 

Czech cardinal Dominik Duka agrees to meet victims of sexual abuse by priests

Pope Francis this month publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and has vowed to do more to fight the problem. The issue came to the fore amid the Catholic Church’s overall reckoning with the sexual abuse of minors. Here in the Czech Republic, Cardinal ... more >>
 

Controversial tax law passes first hearing

After eight attempts a new amendment to the controversial electronic cash register law, known as EET in the Czech Republic, has passed its first hearing in the Chamber of Deputies. The amendment extends electronic cash register obligations to artisans and other groups of tradesmen. The Chamber’s ... more >>
 

NHL inaugural game set to take place in Prague

The first match launching the 2019-2020 NHL season is set to take place this October in Prague’s O2 Arena, Hospodářské Noviny reports, quoting two sources. The news confirms last year’s statement by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Prague could be the venue where the world’s best ice hockey ... more >>
 

Labour inspectors to focus on equal conditions for Czech and foreign workers

The Labour Inspection Office says it will crack down on foreign worker discrimination, the dialy Hospodářské Noviny reports. Currently there are great disparities between Czech and migrant workers in areas such as salaries, working hours and holliday periods. The primary task is to ... more >>
 

David Černý’s CyberDog: an (educational) ‘nuts and bolt’ tour of Europe’s first robotic wine bar

You could be forgiven for mistaking the CyberDog Technology and Information Centre on the outskirts of Prague for a “wine bar”, the futuristic two-storey structure housing it for a “building”, and the resident bartender named “Kuka” for a hermaphrodite robot. Such is the nature of the first ... more >>
 

Record number of Czechs happy with the state of the country’s economy

A full four-fifths of Czechs are happy with the state of their country’s economy, the highest rating from the public in 23 years, according to a survey conducted by the CVVM polling agency. more >>
 

Former head of Prague’s Muslim community cleared of promoting hate movement

The Supreme Court of the Czech Republic has definitively cleared Vladimír Šanka, the former head of Prague’s Muslim community, of promoting a movement aimed at suppressing rights and freedoms, in connection with the publication of a radical Islamic text. The court rejected a complaint from ... more >>
 

Head of Czech Military Police sacked

Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar has dismissed the head of the Military Police Pavel Kříž. The minister explained his decision to the Defence and Security Committee in the lower house of Parliament, saying he had long been dissatisfied with the running of the force. Kříž, who took up the... more >>
 

Cities trying to restrict billboards and signs

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that a number of cities including Prague, Brno and Znojmo are attempting to clamp down visual clutter – the uncontrolled, haphazard placement of advertising signs, neon billboards and branding. read more more >>
 

CSSD and unions fight back against plan to cut jobs

Prague Daily Monitor The Social Democrats and unions which represent government employees rallied against plans by Finance Minister Alena Schillerova (nominated by ANO) to cut government jobs in next year's budget. read more more >>
 

Less students doing math at Maturita exams

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports, based on data from the CERMAT organisation, that the number of students graduating with mathematics at the high school-leaving Maturita exams, is at its lowest in 8 years. read more more >>
 

MEP Sojdrova presents government with list of orphans

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that KDU-CSL MEP Michaela Sojdrova, presented the government with a list of 14 orphans, currently housed in refugee camps in Greece, whom she would like to see re-housed in the Czech Republic. read more more >>
 

Daily news summary 12.2.2019

Cyber security, Social Dems oppose job cuts, MEP pushing child refugee plan more >>
 

Weather forecast

Wednesday should be overcast with rain and day temperatures between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius. Night time lows can drop to – 3 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Social Democrats against plan to cut jobs in public sector

The Social Democrats of the ruling coalition oppose the finance minister’s plans to cut the number of state employees by 10 percent next year in view of the slowing economy. Jan Chvojka, head of the party’s deputies club in Parliament said following a meeting with trade union leader Josef ... more >>
 
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