Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Czech Republic and the EU | EurActiv

The newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is heading to his first EU summit next week, planning to defend his country's stand on migration and refugee quotas and promote a more ambitious reformist agenda.

Czech Republic and the EU | ČTK

Czech politicians have rejected the decision of the European Commission (EC) to file a legal complaint over the refusal of migrant quotas against the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The new director of the Czech Centres network will be Ondrej Cerny, current head of the Czech Centre in Munich, who will replace Monika Koblerova as of March 1, Michaela Lagronova, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry that operates the Czech Centres abroad, told CTK on Thursday.

National | ČTK

New U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic Stephen B. King, who handed his credentials to President Milos Zeman on Wednesday, primarily wants to support economic relations between the two countries, he said at his first meeting with journalists in the role of ambassador on Thursday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Regional Development Ministry should become a place for public investment, Klara Dostalova (ANO), who is to head the ministry in Andrej Babis's (ANO) government to be appointed next week, said after meeting President Milos Zeman on Thursday.

Politics | ČTK

Changes to the pension system and a check of the welfare benefit system will be Jaroslava Nemcova's (ANO) priorities after her appointment as new Czech labour and social affairs minister, she told journalists after meeting President Milos Zeman on Thursday.

National | ČTK

The Senate has partly replaced the Council of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR) on Thursday, electing former Civic Democrat (ODS) Senate deputy head Jiri Liska, former Social Democrat (CSSD) MP Karel Cerny and Vysoke Myto town museum director Jiri Junek as its new members.

National | ČTK

The case of probably the biggest cybersex abuse in the Czech Republic involving a 22-year-old man who is facing charges of having sexually abused 163 girls online may be soon dealt with in court, daily Lidove noviny (LN) wrote on Thursday.

National | ČTK

Republican businessman Steve King has become the new US ambassador to the Czech Republic, handing his credentials to President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by King's wife Karen and representatives of the US embassy. Zeman and King talked together for about half an hour. The US Senate approved King's nomination for the post in November.

Politics | Radio Prague

Slovak born billionaire businessman Andrej Babiš has been appointed Czech prime minister by the country's president. In a short ceremony at Prague Castle on Wednesday, president Miloš Zeman tasked the ANO leader to form a government and put together sufficient support to stay in office.

National | Prague TV

Prague has again been named the best Czech region to live in by website Místo pro život. The website's survey evaluates the quality of life in the Czech regions by comparing 54 criteria in eight areas.

National | ČTK

The Czech Senate on Wednesday rejected a draft amendment to the constitutional bill on security that was to empower legal arms owners to intervene for the sake of the country's security, and said such a change is unnecessary and could be misused.

National | ČTK

Roadside trees have been steadily shrinking in the Czech Republic and their number declined by 6,454 last year alone, the Arnika environmentalist group said on Wednesday, adding that the number of trees flanking roads has dropped by 87,000 since 2003.

National | ČTK

The Czech Pirates have won sufficient support among MPs for their plan to set up a parliamentary commission investigating the controversial privatisation of the OKD coal mining firm from 2004, their leader Ivan Bartoš said on Wednesday.

Prague | Prague TV

City Hall is preparing rules to tighten the use of alcohol in public, based on a suggestion from the Prague 1 district to reduce noise and public disorder. But not all of the city's districts are in favor of the changes, and they want some exemptions put into the proposed changes.