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Tomáš Petříček was fired from the position of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs after 2,5 years of work. The Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček, will take the position temporarily. President Miloš Zeman frequently criticized Petříček for his negative views of Russian and Chinese vaccines. Petříček was informed about the decision last Sunday. Last week Petříček lost to Hamáček in the elections for the chairman of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). The changes in the cabinet are also a sign of the upcoming elections in October this year. “I am leaving with my head held high, I am not ashamed of my actions in the last two and a half years. I have always promoted the pro-European, pro-WesternContinue Reading

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Prague Castle is getting rid of the security checkpoints at the entrance of the complex 5 years after being introduced by President Zeman in response to terrorism concerns. Visitors will instead be subject to random checks. At the same time, gardens next to Prague castle and the upper part of the one-kilometer-long Deer Moat will be opened to the public starting April 2nd. Deer Moat was closed all through communism before being opened by President Václav Havel. In 2018, it was closed for reconstruction, but the upper part is ready to be opened, and the lower part is scheduled to be opened by next year.  “With this step, the Office of the President of the Republic is allowing the expansionContinue Reading

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Having the company of a very good boy is one way to ease the pain of social isolation during coronavirus lockdowns.  Udo Kopernik, chairman of the German Breeders Club, told Aktualne.cz that there has been a massive increase in demand for dogs the past year, especially puppies.  “We’ve noticed that dog owners tend to be a little happier than the average person during this time.” But Kopernik worries that many people are just looking for a boredom killer during the lockdown and won’t be able to commit to it long term. He says there’s a real question of “what will happen to all those dogs once the home office is over.”  The demand for “pandemic-puppies” isn’t unique to the CzechContinue Reading

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The government plans to open all of the stores from next Monday, February 22. According to Karel Havlíček, the Minister of Industry and Trade, the proposal will be discussed this Wednesday. The store workers will be required to wear FFP2 respirators. However, for customers, it will be enough to wear a regular mask. The basic requirements, such as disinfecting hands and distancing, will stay valid in every store.  Experts already agree with this decision which can save the industry and the economy. “It’s a big psychological turning point. After a long time, people will see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re playing it slowly, and if we can do it, it’s a big signal that we canContinue Reading