Czech search engine Seznam.cz claims compensation from Google in the amount of 9.072 billion CZK for the losses Seznam had to suffer due to Google’s limits to fair competition. According to Seznam’s statement, they encountered losses following Google’s abuse of their influence on the search engines and the operating systems market. Earlier in October, DuckDuckGo (U.S.), Ecosia (Germany), Lilo and Qwant (France), and Seznam (Czech Republic) petitioned to European Commission with a request to re-evaluate governing Google’s search market advantages. The goal of the re-evaluation would be to ensure the competitiveness of the European search engines market. The request suggested a trilateral meeting with the European Commission’s executive VP Margrethe Vestager and Google representatives. The initial offer of the competitorsContinue Reading

One thing that is positively “Czech” is the ancient pastime of mushroom picking, convincing some to even refer to it as the “national sport.”  Czechs have been picking mushrooms or “mushrooming” since the dawn of the country. And to this day, at least 2/3rds of the population go mushrooming at least once every single year. Every autumn, certain troves of forest floor start flourishing with mushrooms, and Czechs venture out to scoop up all the best loot (tax-free!).  The best mushrooming sessions are done with a local expert, or at least a mushroom identifying app to figure out which ones are good and which ones will kill you. As the Czechs sometimes say, “All of them are edible, but some ofContinue Reading

Milan Kubek, president of the Czech Medical Chamber, penned a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Health Jan Blatný urging them to tighten COVID-19 restrictions before it’s too late. Kubek argues that another wave of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic, which has potentially already started, could overwhelm hospitals and result in thousands of unnecessary deaths. He says that the only reason the country survived the summer was because of the quick strict action of the government, something was absent during the autumn onslaught of cases. “Thanks to the quick and decisive reaction of the government (in the summer), who, at the time showed great courage in taking tough and effective anti-epidemic measures, we managed to getContinue Reading

Although the recent lockdown slowed the pace of the Covid-19 epidemic, the country now seems to have hit a plateau. According to the Center for Modelling of Biological Processes (BISOP), the stagnation in the development of the Covid-19 epidemic is partly due the fact that people do not want to be tested and do not report all their contacts to hygienists.Continue Reading

On Wednesday, as many as 23 restaurants, cafés, and similar food facilities declared they’ll remain open until 10 pm in protest against the COVID-19 measures imposed on small businesses. The protest came following the change in regulations ordering the restaurants (and other food entities) to close at 8 pm from Wednesday. According to restaurant owners, they are protesting this move because they are being punished for the government’s inability to meet their epidemiological goals. At the same time, they believe that restaurants were not open for enough time to somehow negatively influence the situation. “The government has thrown pubs, bars, culture, and services overboard. The Czech Republic is not a dictatorship! From now on, we will defend our rights,” saidContinue Reading

An independent platform MDW named the gross salary that can be considered minimum decent wage – in Prague, it was at the value of 37 987 CZK, in the rest of the Czech Republic – at 32, 438 CZK. Such results were obtained by the researchers for the year 2020 – since 2019, these values rose by 3,1%. The minimum decent wage is defined by MDW as compensation for a standard 8-hour workday, which allows the employees to have basic yet decent finances for themselves and their household. With such a wage, people should expect to have enough money for food, transport, education, healthcare, clothes, leisure, and savings. Care for one dependent person (child/elderly/sick) was also included in the calculations.Continue Reading

The Czech Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová made a 1:40 minute video promoting government bonds as the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas, noting that a bond is a “smart gift” that “doesn’t get boring after a while.”  In a video posted to social media, Schillerová told followers that if they’re having trouble figuring out what to put under the Christmas tree this year, she’s got them covered.  “For those of you who are looking for a practical gift for parents or friends, the Bond of the Republic may be the right choice,” she said. Schillerová reminded followers that there were two different types of bonds to choose from depending on what’s right for their loved ones.  “It’s a gift thatContinue Reading

On the occasion of the festive season, the Czech Center in New York has prepared a series of events celebrating the tradition of Czech glass-making. One of the highlights is a new collection of unique Christmas ornaments manufactured in the renowned Glass School in Železný Brod, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.Continue Reading