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Czech ‘bone church’ to ban selfies, citing disrespectful tourists

The 14th century “bone church” near the town of Kutná Hora plans to implement a blanket ban on photography as of January, in part due to the number of tourists snapping selfies with skeletal remains. Up to half a million tourists visit the Sedlec Ossuary each year, one of the most macabre ... more >>
 

Czech tales from the crypt: mummification as a status symbol

What, apart from blue blood, do Wenceslaus I, Přemysl Otakar II, John of Luxembourg and Charles IV, the first king of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor, have in common? Their royal corpses were eviscerated via an abdominal incision, their body cavities filled with herbs, and then placed in a ... more >>
 

ADR: Most orphanages fall short of key staff levels set by law

Nearly three out of four orphanages and institutions for infants do not have the doctors, psychologists or physiotherapists on staff as required by law. According to Asociace Dítě a rodina, an NGO that advocates for children’s rights, of the current 25 institutions for infants, seven failed to ... more >>
 

MPs propose legalising euthanasia for Czech citizens, permanent residents

MPs from the ruling centre-right ANO party and the opposition Pirate Party say that by March 2020 they expect to table a draft law legalising euthanasia by doctors under certain circumstances and strict conditions. Věra Procházková (ANO), the bill’s chief author, says it is unclear whether ... more >>
 

Poll: Half of Czechs would not mind an authoritarian ruler

Only half of Czechs think democracy is the best form of government, and half say they would not be bothered to live under authoritarian rule, according to a representative poll commissioned by Czech Radio. The sociologists who conducted the poll say that view of authoritarian forms of rule is ... more >>
 

Mortgage rates fall for eighth month in row

Average mortgage rates in the Czech Republic fell to 2.47 percent last month from 2.61 percent in August, according to an index run by consultants Fincentrum. It was the eight month in succession that mortgage rates fell. However, the availability of cheaper housing loans has not done much ... more >>
 

Czech lower house condemns Turkish incursions into Syria

The Chamber of Deputies has passed a resolution condemning Turkey’s incursions into Syria. All 147 MPs present in the 200-seat lower house backed the resolution, under which Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is mandated to advocate within the European Union for economic and political measures aimed at ... more >>
 

Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average

The Czech Republic is now ahead of Spain in terms of GDP per capita adjusted to purchasing power parity (PPP). At least according to the latest OECD data, which show the country ranked 27th among the organisation’s 36 member states, with Spain one place behind, news site Aktuálně ... more >>
 

Prague’s famous Lennon Wall undergoing transformation

The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana near the French embassy, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. This symbol of freedom, born in the communist years, ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 15.10.2019

Court rejects restitution tax, Czechs 21st in EU on gender, army spending call more >>
 

Czech Republic 21st among EU states in gender equality

The Czech Republic is 21st among European Union states when it comes to ensuring equal opportunities and conditions for women and men, according to this year’s Gender Equality Index. The country has fallen four places compared to the 2005 edition of the index, which is produced by the European ... more >>
 

Constitutional Court rejects bill taxing financial restitution to faith groups

The Czech Constitutional Court has rejected legislation under which money returned to faith groups under restitution would be subject to taxation. The decision was announced on Tuesday by the court’s chief justice, Pavel Rychetský. A group of senators from the Christian Democrats and other ... more >>
 

New pipe organ for St Vitus Cathedral resounds for first time

The new pipe organ for St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague resounded for the first time on Monday in a workshop near Barcelona, in Spain, where the instrument is being built. The pipe organ was commissioned by the Catholic Church and part of its cost, estimated at 80 million crowns, was raised in a ... more >>
 

Czech Republic suspends weapons exports to Turkey

The Czech Republic has joined other EU member states in halting weapons exports to Turkey over its military offensive in northern Syria. The Czech foreign minister on Monday urged Turkey to halt the offensive and open the door to negotiations aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict. more >>
 

PM backs massive army spending at centenary event

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the Czech Republic must make massive investments in weapons and recruit more soldiers in view of the situation in the world today. He made the comment at an event in Prague on Tuesday marking the centenary of the establishment of the general staff of the army. ... more >>
 

Dutch brothers to serve 5.5 and 5 years over attack on Prague waiter

Two Dutch citizens who brutally beat up a waiter at a Prague restaurant will serve 5.5 and 5 years in prison, the Prague Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. In an appeal hearing Armin Nahvi had his sentenced reduced by six months while his brother Arash Nahvi’s earlier sentence was upheld. The ... more >>
 

Weather forecast

It should be largely overcast with the chance of rain in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with temperatures of up to 16 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs are then expected to remain around the mid-teens Celsius for the following week. more >>
 

Football: Czechs lose 2:3 to Northern Ireland in friendly

The Czech national football team lost 2:3 to Northern Ireland in Monday’s international friendly played in Prague. Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý chose a very different squad to that which beat England 2:1 last week and the team’s defence had significant trouble holding the Irish back in the first half ... more >>
 

Government passes record low budget for Czechia's EU presidency in 2022

The government agreed to a record low CZK 1.24 billion budget for the country’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2022 on Monday, without the votes of minority coalition partner the Social Democrats. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) says that the country can manage the council ... more >>
 

Government halts armaments exports to Turkey

The Czech Republic has halted arms exports to Turkey in response to Ankara's incursion into northern Syria, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats) announced via Twitter on Monday evening, following a government meeting. Trade Minister Karel Havlíček, whose ministry had published the ... more >>
 
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