The Czech government said Monday it would close restaurants and bars and ban alcohol in public places after a record spike in Covid-19 infections. Up to six people are now allowed to meet and elementary schools will switch to distance learning, following secondary schools and universities which had already done the switch. The measures take effect from Wednesday and will last until November 3, Prime Minister Andrej Babis told reporters.Continue Reading

Haunted by his past, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is holding on to power despite facing police charges and the biggest anti-government protests the Czech Republic has seen in 30 years. Around 283,000 people rallied in Prague on Sunday, demanding that the populist tycoon resign over his murky business dealings. “One feels that the more money you pump in, the more upset the people are. This is a weird situation,” Babiš said referring to his government’s social spending.Continue Reading

Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Saturday he had proposed restoring writer Milan Kundera’s Czech nationality, stripped from him by the country’s former communist regime nearly four decades ago. Kundera, whose novel “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” was turned into a 1987 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, became a naturalised French citizen after emigrating when he was prevented from publishing in his native country.Continue Reading