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Oppositional parties ODS, SPD, KDU-ČSL, and TOP 09 stated that they won’t support the extension of the state of emergency in the Czech Republic if their demands are not satisfied. Oppositional parties continuously criticized the measures adopted by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the government plans to extend the state of emergency for 30 more days until February 21. The Czech Republic has remained in this state for 176 days since October 5.  The opposition doesn’t agree with the fact that the state of emergency, according to them, allows the government to violate human rights. “The government is not able to properly justify what exactly it needs, and why we have to keep being in an emergency overContinue Reading

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The stores occupying more than 400 square meters will be required to sell the obligatory minimum of Czech-produced products, states the new proposal to the Food Act that was approved today by the Chamber of Deputies. Eight countries from the European Union have already criticized the proposal because it is discriminatory against foreign-made products.  The proposal will apply to the products which can be produced in the Czech Republic. The rule won’t apply to stores smaller than the required 400 square meters, as well as the outlets. Next year, the obligatory quota will be 55 percent with plans to grow to 73 percent in seven years.  The Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman doesn’t see anything problematic with the proposal beingContinue Reading

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Chcípl PES initiative plans to establish a political party Otevřeme Česko (Open Czechia). According to restaurateur Jiří Janeček, partnering restaurants, pubs and shops will become places for political party’s meetings, which will make them exempt from COVID-19 related measures. “It is a response to the restrictions of this government, which does not want to deal with us, it only saves itself,” Janeček stated. Janeček added that the point of the party is not to participate in the elections but rather to solve the current situation. They will organize a petition for the restaurants and stores to start conducting political activities. The restaurants can be recognized as spaces for political meetings with the citizens. According to Janeček, this would then exemptContinue Reading

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Last week, two German magazines, Die Welt and Der Spiegel, published articles criticizing the Czech government for the improper handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The article by Olaf Gersemann in Die Welt argues that Saxony and Bavaria have the worst situation with the coronavirus in Germany because they share the borders with the Czech Republic. He stated that it is not just a coincidence that these areas show the worst results in the entire country. Many Czechs travel there every day for work, thus spreading the virus. “Developing control with anti-coronavirus measures is difficult because the disease is constantly spreading across the open border with the Czech Republic. There was a third wave of a pandemic with 829 new casesContinue Reading

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Since the number of COVID-19 cases is declining, the government will meet to discuss the shift to the fourth stage of the anti-epidemic PES system this Wednesday, hence reducing certain restrictions. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also announced the opening of stationery, footwear, underwear, and children’s clothing stores this Tuesday. The government will formally approve it on Monday. Babiš already stated that the stationery, footwear, underwear, and children’s clothing are moved to the “basic needs stores” category. According to the Minister of Industry and Transport, Karel Havlíček, the government should be careful with opening restaurants and stores because the December situation might be repeated. The development at hospitals should be monitored closely. “We have to be careful. We don’t want anContinue Reading

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Due to the current vaccination scandal, the head of the State Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) Pavel Březovský resigned. According to the Seznam Zprávy’s investigation, Březovský was responsible for including SZÚ employees and their relatives on the priority list for the COVID-19 vaccination.  “As the director, I accept all responsibility for the situation. For this reason, I have decided to resign today,” Březovský stated. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš called this type of behavior unacceptable, and that this incident slows down the vaccination process. “Such excesses cannot be repeated. We said that priority is given to paramedics and nursing homes,” Babiš explained.  Based on the investigation, the employees included their relatives and partners on the list, and not all of themContinue Reading

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According to the Czech Statistical Office, the Czech Republic experienced the highest inflation rate seen in the last eight years. The raised prices on groceries and housing bills are some of the factors which influenced this year’s index. Consumer prices increased on average by 3.2 percent last year, which is the highest increase since 2012. The current inflation rate is even higher than the last year’s one – 2.8 percent. “This was the highest average annual inflation rate since 2012. Prices of goods in total and prices of services rose by 3.2 percent last year,” Pavla Šedivá, the Head of the CZSO Consumer Price Statistics Department, stated. December’s usual increase in prices slowed down for the fifth time in aContinue Reading

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Czechs consider spending a vacation in Turkey and Greece during the upcoming summer. Tunisia and Egypt are also some of the top choices. Exim Tours are waiting for the same sales as of January last year when the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been felt yet. Petr Kostka, Exim Tours spokesman, said that the interest is so high that the company had to prolong the sales until January 15. Besides, clients are interested in Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, also Spain, and Italy.  The Fischer travel agency also noticed interest in first-minute tours. Families with children are the main customers because they want to get places in popular hotels with everything included. “The current numbers of pre-sales suggest that thisContinue Reading

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Someone broke the glasses of the statue of Nicholas Winton, the savior of Jewish children, located at Prague’s main railway station (Hlavní nádraží) again. Currently, the police are looking for an unknown man and woman who damaged the statue on December 30. According to the camera records, an unknown man and woman pulled up a child to the statues’ head and then left. “Unfortunately, the further development of the situation is not visible well,” stated Jan Rybanský, the spokesman of the Prague police. The police ask everybody who might know anything about the incident to contact the police via phone numbers 158 or 974 852 740. Unfortunately, similar incidents are not uncommon. The bronze statue of Nicolas Winton was presented atContinue Reading

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Several thousand people protested on the Old Town Square this Sunday against the government measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The attending speakers gave speeches, including the former president Václav Klaus. The whole event lasted for approximately two hours.  The Chcípl PES initiative organized the demonstration called “Otevřeme Česko” (Let’s Open Czechia).  Participants protested with various slogans, such as “Stop COVID tyranny. Let’s stop totalitarianism!”, “We are not sheep”, or “On Monday to school!”. Some protestors came with small children. Protesters mostly weren’t wearing masks nor keeping the required distance between each other. The police reported that the demonstration went peacefully. However, one person was detained for the offense. Klaus stated that he is against the government’s dictations and theContinue Reading