Czech forest owners face CZK 40 billion of damage this year from an escalating spread of bark beetle that are killing the central European country’s most common conifer trees, an industry think-tank said on Monday. While native to conifer forests, bark beetle has benefited from the dry and hot summer that experts associate with climate change.Continue Reading

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Sunday there would be a snap election if his coalition partner goes through with threat to quit, raising the prospect of more political turmoil after weeks of street protests against his rule. Babiš told a TV debate he had already ruled out seeking the support of the far-right, anti-EU and anti-NATO Freedom and Direct Democracy party, so a new vote would be the only option.Continue Reading

The Czech Republic has negotiated the release of two workers for a German humanitarian group in Syria, the Czech foreign ministry said on Thursday. The Czech Republic is the only country in Europe that maintains diplomatic relations in Syria, torn by seven years of civil war. The Czechs provide consular services for European Union citizens and act as intermediaries for other countries.Continue Reading