Tuesday, 22 January 2019
National | Business | Brno Daily

A pursuit that began in Slovakia due to speeding finally led to the arrest of the driver in South Moravia, and the discovery of eight Iraqi nationals in the car.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Fifty years ago on January 16, a young Czech university student named Jan Palach doused himself in petrol and set himself alight at the top of Prague's Wenceslas Square. Three days after staging this desperate attempt to rouse a demoralised Czechoslovakia in the face of Soviet occupation, he died in a burns clinic. Though his immediate political goals failed, Jan Palach inspired and steeled the resolve of countless others to fight for freedom during the two decades of 'Normalisation' that followed the crushing of the Prague Spring.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Foreign Minister Tomas Petříček (ČSSD) told the Senate Committee for European Affairs, on Tuesday, that the country was prepared for whatever variant of Brexit, that occurs, at the end of March.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Aktuálně.cz reports that the certain members of the Pirate Party are unhappy about a perceived lack of transparency within the party. This stems from the fact that people within the leadership of the party, are members of various "closed groups" on Facebook, which are not open to the public, leading to other members questioning what is going on in these groups.

Finance | Nasdaq/Reuters

There could be several interest rate increases in the Czech Republic in the next year and a half, Czech central banker Vojtech Benda said on Tuesday. Benda was one of two central bank board members to vote in the minority for a rate increase at the last meeting in December.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Council of Europe

In a letter to Czech PM Andrej Babiš and Education Minister Robert Plaga, the Commissioner for Human Rights addresses proposed changes to Decree 27/2016 Coll. on the education of pupils with special education needs. The Commissioner expresses her concern that these changes could have a negative impact on the right of all children, including Roma children and children with disabilities, to inclusive education.

Business | Radio Prague

Building owners and housing co-operatives are demanding government help in enforcing and expanding their rights to collect payments from errant tenants or allow for their eviction, or force the sale of flats to cover debts. Many housing co-operatives across the country face bankruptcy, the groups say, due to tenants’ and co-owners' failure to pay utility and other bills.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures continue to blanket parts of the country, creating havoc for citizens. The town of Boží Dar in the Ore Mountains is basically cut off from the rest of the country, due to snow.

National | Business | Radio Prague

The 20th anniversary of Jan Palach's self-immolation brought many thousands onto the streets for protests that had no precedent in communist Czechoslovakia. Palach Week, as it became known, began on January 15 1989 and saw running battles between demonstrators and riot police.

Business | Reuters

The Czech central bank will lift a ban on public appearances by board members between a regular news conference immediately following policy meetings and minutes from those meetings released usually eight days later, the bank said on Monday.

National | Business | EUAC

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš made big claims last year about clamping down on corruption and safeguarding whistleblowers. Yet critics are now accusing the government of being much less willing to act than their talk would suggest.

Business | Radio Prague

The president has lashed out at Czech security agencies that have identified Chinese-made Huawei products as a threat. Miloš Zeman says this has harmed the Czech Republic's economic interests – and payback from Beijing will hit some of the country's biggest companies. In an interview on TV Barrandov, Zeman accused the directors of the cyber watchdog agency and the BIS counterintelligence service, by name, of seriously endangering Czech economic interests.

Business | Bloomberg

Czech policy makers should proceed cautiously with further interest-rate increases to avoid hurting the economy, central bank board member Oldřich Dědek said. He was the only policy maker to vote against the last increase in November that brought the benchmark to the current 1.75 percent.

Business | Radio Prague

Foreigners now account for nearly 11 percent of the Czech workforce, despite making up just 5 percent of the population. In light of an ongoing labour shortage, business leaders are now urging the government to make it easier for non-nationals to work in the country.

Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that more and more restaurants in the country are beginning to cater to diabetics, as the number of diabetics continues to rise. There are approximately 1 million diabetics in the country and this number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030.