Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Czech Republic and the EU | Reuters

The Czech Republic may try to get an observer seat at the euro group of euro zone finance ministers if its decision-making powers are boosted under plans to reshape the European Union, the foreign minister said on Monday.

National | ČTK

Czech teachers' salaries will rise faster than those of the rest of the civil service staff, the government and trade unions agreed on Monday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told journalists.

National | ČTK

The Prague State Attorney's Office has no objections to ANO leader Andrej Babis and chairman of the ANO deputy group Jaroslav Faltynek reading the police request to have them released for prosecution, Miroslava Nemcova, chairwoman of the mandate committee, told CTK on Monday.

National | ČTK

The Czech government approved the sending of 27 million crowns to Serbia and 15 million crowns to Jordan on Monday within a programme in aid of refugees and countries facing the migration pressure, the Interior Ministry announced in a press release.

National | ČTK

Up to 1300 soldiers from 18 allied and partner countries are to participate in the three-week Ample Strike 2017 exercise that starts on Wednesday, August 23, its spokeswoman Denisa Vernerova told CTK on Monday.

Politics | ČTK

The Realists, a new political party that wants to succeed in the autumn general election, on Monday presented Jiri Hynek, head of the Czech Defence and Security Industry Association, as their candidate for the country's president.

National | ČTK

The Czech branch of the Transparency International (TI) anti-corruption organisation on Monday launched a campaign highlighting allegedly unfair and unclear distribution of subsidies for sport, manipulations with results of games and the influence of the betting industry.

National | ČTK

Former Science Academy chairman Jiří Drahoš has collected 78,321 signatures on his petition, which is more than the 50,000 he needs to run for Czech president, he said at an informal meeting on Saturday. His team plans to continue collecting the signatures in a similar way as current President Miloš Zeman, who will seek re-election, and lyricist and former successful businessman Michal Horáček.

Prague | Prague TV

The Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia took place Aug. 21, 1968, making this year the 49th anniversary of the event. A public event to remember the invasion will take place at Wenceslas Square starting at 12:40 pm and run to 10 pm on Monday, Aug. 21.

Prague | Prague TV

The transportation card Lítačka may be getting more features. Prague City Hall is considering linking the card to discounts for bike- and car-sharing services.

National | ČTK

On Sunday, some 200 people, including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, commemorated the Roma Holocaust at the memorial in Hodonín u Kunštátu, built at the site of a former Nazi interment camp for Roma people.

Prague | Real Estate | Prague TV

The most expensive Czech regions to rent a flat in are Prague and Plzeň. The cheapest rents are in Ústí nad Labem or Moravian-Silesia regions, according to an analysis by developer Trigema.

Politics | Bloomberg

Czech lawmakers launched a process to strip billionaire Andrej Babis of his parliamentary immunity over fraud allegations, the biggest challenge to his ambition to lead the country's next government after October elections.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

Czech Prime Minister Sobotka will debate the future of the EU and the economic and social coming close of its members at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and the Austrian and Slovak PMs, Christian Kern and Robert Fico, to be held in Salzburg, Austria, on August 23.

Prague | ČTK

The Petrin observation tower in Prague was illuminated in the national colours of Spain in order to pay respect to the victims of the Thursday terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on Friday.