Friday, 4 December 2020
National | Radio Prague

One of the oldest and most popular Czech sweets, Hašlerky, are celebrating their 100th anniversary. The black-coloured hard candies with a distinct aniseed flavour, which are named after the famous singer and songwriter Karel Hašler, were first manufactured in Prague in December 1920.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

In September, a massive contamination of Bečva River was discovered to have killed over 40 tonnes of fish, prompting an investigation by Czech police. The exact cause of the poisoned water has yet to be found, but speculation is mainly focused on a nearby chemical plant whose officials deny any wrong doing.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The Czech state will be forced to return "hundreds of millions" of crowns due to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ongoing conflict of interest and improper disbursement of EU funds, a Czech opposition MEP on the European Parliament's budget control committee says, citing the final European Commission audit.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Prime Minister Andrej Babiš rejected the Minister of Health, Jan Blatný's, proposal to monitor the phones of those citizens who tested positive for Covid-19. Jan Blatný proposed to the central office of the State Hygiene Service to be able to access the location data of the infected citizens from mobile operators.

National | Radio Prague

As the coronavirus crisis deepens thousands of people are desperate for advice on how best to resolve their personal problems. One of the people out there who is working hard to help Czechs survive the crisis is writer, lawyer and former justice minister, Daniela Kovářová, who set up a Corona-helpline for the public in the spring.

National | Reuters

A Czech Christmas ornament maker has added tiny masks to the country's traditional golden pigs, which are said to arrive in the homes of good children who fast before Christmas Eve's family feast.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The government is planning to extend the state of emergency again – this time until the 11th January, PM Andrej Babiš has announced. Yet, the opposition stands against the proposal. The news come following a considerable but not complete improvement of the epidemiological situation in Czechia.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic could begin the coronavirus vaccination process sometime around the turn of January-February 2021, Health Minister Jan Blatný said on Tuesday. In an ideal scenario, 70 to 80 % of the population should be inoculated, he said. However, a recent survey showed that the majority of the public does not want the vaccine.

National | Middle East Monitor

The Czech Republic said on Wednesday it would add a diplomatic presence to its Jerusalem office next year in what the foreign ministry called a move to boost services for Czech citizens in Israel and not a new embassy, Reuters reports.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

A few dozen officers were deployed searching for a senior man in the Prostějov region who was last seen on a walk with his pony. The man was found with a bottle of brandy – the price for his pony.

National | Balkan Insight

Milos Zeman's attempt to discredit the country's intelligence agency and its director, whom he despises, may work politically, but it will have serious implications for his country and its reputation abroad.

National | Politico

A European Commission auditing review has confirmed that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš breached domestic and EU conflict of interest legislation. The report, dated October 22 and seen by Politico, finds that Babiš controls the Agrofert conglomerate — which includes a wide range of companies in the agri-food sector — despite having transferred his assets into two trust funds in 2017 after a Czech transparency law was passed.

National | Radio Prague

The administration of the Krkonoše National Park in the north-west of the Czech Republic has been reviving fruit orchards and alleys at the foothills of the country's highest mountains. It has already planted dozens of fruit trees, mainly apples, pears and cherries, which used to be part of the landscape for centuries.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Christmas tree on the Old Town Square will be taken down after it serves its purpose in the centre of Prague. However, its journey will not end there.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

President Miloš Zeman asked the Security Information Service (BIS) for the names of Russian spies, got turned down, and was then criticised by opposition party members. According to STAN chairman Vít Rakušan, Zeman has been at war with the BIS for some time, endangering the integrity of Czech national security by making it vulnerable to informational leaks.