The traditional New Year fireworks display in Prague will be a celebration
of the centenary since the birth of independent Czechoslovakia and 25 years
since the birth of the Czech Republic, Prague Mayor Ardriana Krnáčová
told reporters at a press briefing on Thursday.
The fireworks display will take place at 6pm on January 1st, kicking off a year packed with anniversary events in the Czech Republic. The show was moved from midnight to the first day of the year so that it can be enjoyed by families with children.
Czech politicians across the political spectrum have criticized the
European Commission’s decision to take the country to court over
The newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he would try to negotiate the lawsuit’s withdrawal with EC representatives at the EU summit in Brussels next week. He said migrant quotas were not the right solution for Europe and only boosted extremist parties on the Continent.
The head of the right-wing Civic Democrats Petr Fiala said that the quotas were a bad decision and taking the Czech Republic to court was even worse. He said such moves only undermined the trust of the public in EU institutions.
The president’s spokesman reiterated the president’s view that mandatory migrant quotas “interfered in the Czech Republic’s internal affairs.”
The Czech Republic is one of the safest countries as regards cyber threat according to a survey released by Chech Point, a multinational provider of hardware and software products for IT security. The Czech Republic figures 119th on a list of countries surveyed. The countries most at risk, judging by the number of cyber attacks that have taken place, are the Dominican Republic, where the treat is deemed highest, followed by India, China, the US and Honk Kong.
The European Commission has announced it will sue the Czech Republic,
Poland and Hungary in the bloc's top court for their refusal to take
in asylum-seekers in line with the EC’s mandatory redistribution
mechanism. The issue has caused a rift between those reluctant to take in
refugees and other European governments who accuse them of a lack of
The EC’s deputy chair Frans Timmermans said a change of attitude on the part of these countries’ governments could still resolve the situation out of court.
The regional court in Nový Jičín has acquitted all 10 people standing
trial in the case of a collapsed bridge in Studénka which caused a serious
train crash in 2008. The bridge collapsed just minutes before a passenger
train ploughed into the debris. Eight people died in the accident, dozens
of others were injured and the damage amounted to around 180 million
The judge ruled that since experts were unable to say what exactly caused the bridge to collapse he could not attach the blame to any given person. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge. Families of the victims have expressed deep disappointment over the verdict.
The Czech Republic’s foreign trade surplus in October slumped by five billion crowns year-on-year to 9.7 billion crowns, according to preliminary data released by the Czech Statists Office on Thursday.Compared to the previous month, exports in October increased by 0.7 percent and imports by 2.2 percent.
The Czech Senate on Wednesday rejected a draft amendment to the
constitutional bill on security that was aimed at allowing legal gun owners
to use their weapons if called onto act in cases where members of the
public were at risk.It said such a change was unnecessary and could be
The draft amendment was submitted to the Senate by the previous chamber of deputies before October's general elections in reaction to the EU directive clamping down on firearms possession.
The new US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Stephen King, has offered his
credentials to the Czech president Miloš Zeman and may now officially
assume his duties. Mr King, a rich Republican businessman with no previous
diplomatic experience, met with the Czech head of state at Prague Castle on
Stephen King, who is 75, worked for the FBI early in his career and was an investigator for the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. According to US media reports, King is personally connected with some close advisors to US president Donald Trump.
The president on Wednesday accepted credentials of another three newly appointed ambassadors. The diplomats are from Tunisia, Malaysia and Lebanon.
A 42-year-old Czech citizen was sentenced to more than three years in
prison for drug trafficking in Germany.
During a routine road check, the police discovered nine kilos of drugs
inside the vehicle with a street value of 35,000 euros.
The man told the police that the drugs were to be sold in the Czech Republic and that his accomplices had acquired them in the Netherlands.
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