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.
German carmaker Volkswagen is making a big investment in Turkey, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday. “Czech Republic is an important manufacturer of car parts… We are in a leader position on this issue and would certainly like to cooperate,” Babis added in comments that were broadcast live on Turkish television.
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.
The Visegrad group of central European countries does not have a joint candidate for president of the European Commission, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said after meeting his counterparts from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in Budapest on Thursday.
Home favourite Roman Habásko and his team of 10 dogs won the Šediváčkův Long dogsled race in the Czech Republic on Saturday, the final day of a gruelling 300-kilometre (186 miles) haul, one of the toughest events of its kind in Europe.
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.
Unseeded Czech Karolína Plíšková won her maiden WTA singles title beating American wildcard entrant Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the Malaysian Open final on Sunday.
Czech President Václav Klaus vetoed the government’s pension reforms on Monday, the latest in a series of moves that undermine the prime minister and could bring his fragile coalition down.