Thursday, 24 October 2019
Finance | Reuters

The Czech lower house of parliament approved the 2020 state budget bill in the first of three readings on Wednesday, setting the planned deficit at 40 billion crowns. The central state budget — the major part of the public sector books - is based on expected revenues of 1.58 trillion crowns and spending of 1.62 trillion crowns. The bill has to pass two more readings in the lower chamber of parliament, with the final vote expected in December.

National | Radio Prague

For many years now, Czechs have had a reputation of being a dog-loving nation, and a recent survey carried out the STEM / MARK agency confirms that. According to the results of the study, two out of five Czech households include dogs and what is more, forty percent of Czech dog owners allow their four-legged friends into their own bed.



National | Radio Prague

The Czech minister of foreign affairs has come out in favour of firmer EU action against Turkey over its offensive into Northern Syria and attacks on Kurds. Tomáš Petříček says Russia and the Damascus government are benefiting most from the current situation – and says further talks on Turkey joining the EU are at present impossible.

Business |

The Czech Republic is catching up with the Western Europe in GDP per capita calculated by purchasing power parity, a key indicator of economic performance. Last year, the country overtook Spain for the first time according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Prague |

Five out of seven inspected restaurants at Václav Havel Airport were found to be using discriminatory or unfair practices. The worst cases saw Czech speakers charged less than foreign-language speakers.

Business | Reuters

A Czech court ruled that Citibank's claim to debt worth over 10 billion crowns owed by Czech miner OKD was eligible, CTK news agency reported on Wednesday. CTK reported OKD's former insolvency administrator and representative of the state, which now owns OKD's mining operations, both said they would appeal the ruling.

Business | Radio Prague

In the first decade of the new millennium, the Czech Republic experienced an unprecedented golf boom, with new golf courses cropping up all around the country. However, over the past five years, golf has experienced a steady decline.

Arts | The Washington Diplomat

On Oct. 5, the Czech Embassy held a workshop titled "Exploring Issues of Oppression through Music, Art, and Literature" as part of its 2019 Mutual Inspirations Festival.

Arts | Prague TV

Those who don't want to flash with passion, should not go to the forest! A titilating comedy full of forest fruits and desirous animals tonight at Vila Štvanice.

Life | Brno Daily

Just arrived in Brno? Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, but there are a few things you can do to make the most out of your first month here and get yourself settled in faster.