Tuesday, 13 November 2018
National | Business | BU Today

Igor Lukeš, Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, gave a November 2, 2018 talk at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC before the American Friends of the Czech Republic.

Business | Radio Prague

Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks, the largest online marketplace for rare and second-hand books, has cancelled its decision to withdraw from the Czech Republic and several other countries, following protests by booksellers from around the world.

Business | Radio Prague

The Czech food rating app Foodgroot aims to "disrupt" the industry by giving consumers the power to evaluate every product on the grocery store shelf with the touch of a button. At the most basic level, this means the quality to cost ratio – whether it's worth paying more for a certain brand. Down the road, Foodgroot founder and CEO Petr Václavek says, the app will rate products on over 70 parameters, from their organic make-up, eco footprint – even to what kind of grass milk cows are eating.

Business | Radio Prague

The Klatovy-based company Aerotech Czech will be manufacturing and testing parts of the propulsion system of the European Space Agency's (ESA) upcoming Ariane 6. The carrier rocket is set to have its first launch in 2020 and will carry a Czech flag on its hull.

Finance | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech Republic will take a loan worth CZK 11.5 billion from the European Investment Bank between 2019 and 2025 for the modernisation of its railway infrastructure. The total cost of the project is in excess of CZK 22 billion, with the remaining funds coming from the government and the EU.

Finance | Brno Daily

On the first Sunday of November, a lottery player from the South Moravian Region who bet CZK 220 on a lottery ticket hit the Sazka lottery "Superjackpot" of CZK 54 million. Sazka gave out five more winning prizes on Sunday, each over a million crowns.

Business | Opinion | Forbes

Just like in the U.S. it is the president and his deeds that divide the society in the Czech Republic. The lack of leadership able to unite the nation and evoke a clear vision echoes heavily among the wealthiest Czechs. Some enter politics themselves; others buy media to get a grip on the public affairs. Karel Komárek, worth USD 3.2 billion, embraces a different approach.

National | Business | Reuters

The Czech government will vote next week on a proposal to opt out of a United Nations migration pact, a spokesman for the Social Democrats (CSSD), a junior member of the ruling coalition, said on Wednesday.

Business | Radio Prague

Second-hand booksellers in the Czech Republic and several other countries have lost a significant outlet to sell their books abroad after an Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks announced it would no longer support them. In reaction to the announcement, more than 450 antiquarian booksellers from all around the world pulled their books off the website in solidarity with those affected.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The coalition that will run Prague, of the Pirates, Praha sobě and the Spojené síly alliance (TOP 09, STAN and others), showcased their agenda for the city, and introduced their new office-bearers to the media on Wednesday.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that a week before the new Senate meets for the first time, parties have been unable to come to a consensus about whom to support for the post of Chairman.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Jiří Zimola, the first Vice Chairman of the Social Democrats resigned his position in the party's leadership on Wednesday. Zimola who is a former MP and former Governor of the South Bohemian region, was amongst the critics of CSSD Chair Jan Hamacek, and recently initiated the 'Save CSSD' movement within the party.

Finance | Prague Daily Monitor

Adam Vojtěch, the Health Minister, and Jarmila Vedralová, the National Anti-Drug Coordinator, told the media on Tuesday, that alcohol was available far too easily in the Czech Republic, for amongst the cheapest prices in Europe. Vojtěch suggested to Czech Television that he was looking at raising the taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, and to limit the rampant alcohol advertising on television. Approximately 9% or 900,000 people in the country suffer from diseases related to the consumption of alcohol.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Faith in the Czech President, Miloš Zeman, fell 4% to 47% in October, according to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. This is the lowest this year since May, when Zeman's approval rating was 41%.

Business | Brno Daily

The popular low-cost airline Ryanair has announced a new route from Brno-Tuřany to Berlin-Schönefeld from April 2019, as part of Ryanair's summer 2019 schedule. The new route will be a twice-weekly service.