The governor of the Czech National Bank, Jiří Rusnok, has said wage rises
next year in the country can be expected to slow down.
Speaking on public broadcaster, Czech Television, Rusnok said on Sunday that real wage rises should be in line with real economic growth, that is somewhere around 4.0 percent.
In the last quarter of 2017 Czech gross average monthly wages exceeded 30,000 crowns for the first time after an 8.0 percent rise. Taking account for inflation the real wage rise was 5.3 percent with year on year growth in the quarter 5.2 percent.
Rusnok added that current Czech economic growth is around one percentage point lower than it could be if some problems, such as the shortage of labour, could be ironed out.
Large parts of Moravia and Northern and Eastern Bohemia have been dealing
with high winds and drifting snow in Arctic temperatures over the weekend.
High winds have felled trees, complicating transport, and blown roofs off houses in the east of the country. Damages to power lines have left an estimated 10,000 users without electricity on Sunday.
Temperatures in West Bohemia fell to more than minus 10 degrees Celsius during Saturday night with the cold snap expected to last for several days. The Czech weather office’s warning of high winds lasts until Sunday night in the east of the country.
Czech production company JBJ Productions has signed a deal with a Hollywood
film production company which aims to make what will reportedly be the most
expensive Czech film ever.
The deal has been signed with the company of producer Cassian Elwes to co-produce a bio pic of the 15th century Bohemian leader Jan Žižka. The budget of 275 million crowns would reportedly exceed that of the previous record holder Dark Blue World, about Czech airmen in the RAF during WWII.
Jan Žižka was an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites in a series of confrontations in religious wars, often beating numerically superior opponents .
The Czech ministry of Justice has said it has concluded a first round of
successful talks aimed at sealing an agreement with Pakistan on the
exchange of convicted citizens.
Czech officials were in Islamabad to discuss details mid-March. The hoped for deal would allow Czechs to serve out their sentences in their homeland.
The move has been prompted by the case of a 21-year-old Czech woman allegedly found in Pakistan in January with 10 kilos of heroin in her suitcase. Attempts to get her released on bail pending trial have not succeeded so far.
The ministry says the agreement could take effect and apply with immediately to ongoing cases.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová turned a last minute doubles pairing
into a winning combination when she won the Indian Wells title with
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.
They beat Russia’s Ekateria Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the top seeds, 6:4; 6:4 to win the doubles title.
The winners had originally expected to play with different partners and made a last minute decision to pair up for one of the biggest tennis events outside the Grand Slams.
In football, Sparta Prague allowed a 3:0 half time lead to evaporate in the
Prague derby against Slavia.
Slavia equalized in the fifth minute of extra time when Milan Škoda converted a penalty. The draw leaves Slavia in second place in the league, six points adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzeň. Plzeň play later on Sunday.
Sparta, playing at home, still have not got a win under their new manager, Pavel Hapal.
Czech foreign minister Martin Stropnický has refuted Russian claims that
the nerve agent believed to have been responsible for injuries to a former
double agent and his daughter in Britain could have come from the Czech
Russia’s foreign ministry named the Czech Republic along with Slovakia, Britain, Sweden, and the United States as possible sources of the nerve agent used in the attack.
Stropnický said the Russian accusation was an example of how information could be manipulated.
Czech defence minister Karla Šlechtová also hit back at the Russian claims pointing out that Prague was a long time signatory of international conventions banning the use of such nerves gases.
Britain has said Russia is probably responsible for the attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter that took place in Salisbury around two weeks ago.
Criticism has been sparked by confirmation from the Czech president’s
office that some of his closest aides have travelled to China to find out
the circumstances surrounding the head of the Chinese company CEFC.
The president’s office confirmed Friday that chancellor Vratislav Mynář and economic advisor Martin Nejedlý have flown to Shanghai to find out what has happened to the head of the company Je Jianming who is believed to be under scrutiny for possible corruption.
CEFC was the Chinese company that spearheaded a wave of Chinese investment in the Czech Republic but many of the deals now appear threatened or are on hold. Je Jianming also has the status of advisor to Czech president Miloš Zeman.
The Czech delegation was reported to have returned to Prague on Saturday to brief president Zeman.
Some Czech politicians have said it is totally inappropriate that Czechs should be trying to delve into internal Chinese affairs and have called for a parliamentary committee to raise the issue, according to public broadcaster Czech Television.
Czech criminal Radovan Krejčíř can be extradited from South Africa to
the Czech Republic according to a local court, Czech Television, citing
local media, reported Saturday.
The broadcaster added that the last word on the issue will be with the South African justice minister who will have 180 days to deliver a decision.
South African media say Krejčíř’s return to his homeland could save the country millions of rand in stepped up security costs. Krejčíř has made several attempts to escape from prison in South Africa. At the same time though he is serving a 35 year sentence for attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and drug dealing.
The Czech fled to South Africa in 2007 after criminal charges were brought against him in his homeland. He has been sentenced for a series of multi-million crown cases of fraud. Krejčíř has asked for asylum in South Africa.