Several Czech MEPs have condemned the violence used by Spanish police to
try and prevent a referendum in Catalonia over independence on Sunday.
MEPS Pavel Svoboda, Kateřina Konečná and Stanislav Polčák, representing different parties, said on public broadcaster Czech Television that police had overstepped the mark and the European Commission should condemn their action.
Deputy chairman of the European Parliament, Pavel Telička, said on his Twitter account that there was no excuse for police reverting to pre-1989 [former Soviet bloc] methods.
Czech foreign affairs minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said the issue was an internal Spanish one.
Spanish police tried to disrupt voting, often using violence against voters and those at polling stations. The Spanish government says the vote was unconstitutional and has refused to accept the outcome.
Taxi drivers launched protest actions in the Czech capital against
competition from Uber drivers on Monday morning.
Groups of drivers staged go slow actions across the city aimed at snarling up traffic and drawing attention to the complaints about unfair competition.
One of the protest actions was focused on the approaches to Prague’s Václav Havel international airport with another on one of the main approach roads from the capital to the airport.
Official taxi drivers say that Uber drivers are not subject to the same payments as licensed drivers are subject to lax regulation meaning that they can undercut them.
The Czech Republic has been placed 31st in the world ranking for global
competitiveness for 2017-2018 by the World Economic Forum.
The ranking is the same since 2015, when the country last moved up the ranking. Switzerland is in top spot out of the 137 countries surveyed.
Out of former Soviet-bloc countries, Estonia is ahead of the Czech Republic but neighbopurs Poland and Slovakia trail in 39th and 59th position.
The ranking is based on country assessments taking account more than 100 different factors.
Czech weak points were tax legislation, government bureaucracy, and transport infrastructure failings.
The Czech Republic is catching up with the average wealth of euro-zone
countries, according to the Ministry of Finance.
It says average Czech per capital GDP rose this year to 85 percent of the average in the 19 euro zone countries from 83 percent last year.
And, it says the rise will continue next year to 86 percent.
The placing is better than Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, and Portugal.
But Czech costs are also seen rising as well from 63 percent of the euro zone average last year to 68 percent in 2018.
In tennis, Czech player Lucie Šafářová has been dethroned from her top
spot as the world’s best doubles player.
In the latest WTA ratings, Šafářová has been replaced at the top spot by Swiss player Martina Hingis. The Czech player has dropped to third place.
Injuries over the last weeks have cost Šafářová points which could have helped her retain the position she won six weeks ago.
In the singles rankings, Petra Kvitová has dropped four places and is now 18th in the rankings. Karolína Plíšková is forth.
Czech top football league leaders, Viktoria Plzeň, turned around their
home match against Bohemians 1905 to win 2:1.
The ninth win in a row equals the start of the season winning run of Sparta Prague in 2011.
Plzeň’s win gives them a 10 point lead over second placed Olomouc, who were due to play later on Sunday.
Offers of historic buildings, castles and stately homes in the Czech
Republic outstrip potential interest, according to the Czech News Agency
after sounding out real estate agents.
Many would be buyers are deterred by the considerable reconstruction work
and costs that would be required, real estate agents said.
Conservation restrictions on what changes can be made are also a problem with buyers intending to carry out major changes and transformations. Most of the interest in such buildings comes from abroad, mainly from France and Russia, the report added.
The KPMG consultancy said around 1100 castles and stately homes are registered in the Czech Republic but their transformation into tourist accommodation or other uses is not expected to increase significantly in the short term.
Temperatures are set to fall in October with maximum daytime temperatures
not exceeding 15 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech weather office.
Temperatures at the start of the month are predicted to be slightly lower than normal. Maximum daytime temperatures at the end of the month will not be more than 10 degrees Celsius. Minimum daytime temperatures will be around zero.
It is forecast to rain mostly at the start of the month.
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