Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Politics |

Czech PM Andrej Babiš has lost a confidence vote in parliament, an expected result that marks the end of his short-lived minority government. Only 78 members of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of the gov't, while 117 were against. Babiš, the country's second-richest man, and his cabinet will hand in their resignation on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said. However, the PM is expected to remain in office as he negotiates with opposition parties to form a new government.

Business | Prague TV

Václav Havel Airport Prague had another record year in 2017. It handled a total of 15,415,001 passengers, an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016. This confirmed the airport's status as one of the fastest growing airports in the category of 10 to 25 million passengers in Europe.



Politics | ČTK

The lower house mandate and immunity committee recommended on Tuesday that the Chamber of Deputies plenary session release PM and ANO leader Andrej Babiš and ANO first deputy head Jaroslav Faltýnek for prosecution in the Čapí hnízdo case, according to ČTK sources.

Politics | ČTK

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš took over the now giant Agrofert concern under suspicious circumstances at a time when he was a manager of this state-controlled firm, Pirate lower house group's head Jakub Michálek said on Tuesday, but Babiš dismissed this in parliament.

Prague | Prague TV

Vítězné náměstí will get a new look. The square, actually more like a circle, is a central point in Prague 6 but much of it is not used to its potential. The changes, though, will likely take years before they are implemented as the process is in the earliest stages.

National | The Washington Post/AP

Heavy snow in the Czech Republic has caused dozens of car crashes and closed down the country's major highway. The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute has warned the snowfall was expected to hit six of the country's 14 regions, mostly in eastern Czech Republic.

Business | Prague TV

Škoda Auto set a new sales record in 2017. The traditional Czech brand's global deliveries rose by 6,6% to 1,200,500 vehicles. For the fourth time in a row, the carmaker sold more than one million vehicles in a year.

Life | Prague TV

The Prague Wildlife Rescue Station was busy in 2017. There was a record number of animals treated, some 4,134. This was more than a 10 percent increase from 2016 when it treated 3,707. There were 130 species.

Life | Prague Morning

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen met with a group of six Czechs who were arrested in Astana in November for disorderly conduct and fined roughly 60 euros.

Life | Radio Prague

An exhibition entitled Mummies of the World will open in Prague's Holešovice on February 1. It will continue until the end of June.

Opinion | ČTK

Incumbent President Miloš Zeman is pushed to the defensive, for which he is unprepared, Jaroslav Veis wrote in Lidové noviny, commenting on the outcome of the first round of the presidential election in which Zeman received 38.6 % of the vote, less than he expected.

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