Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the outcome of elections
in Great Britain as the victory of a charismatic leader, saying that Boris
Johnson’s election victory on a powerful Brexit agenda was a signal for
opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign.
Britain's departure from the European bloc is now definitive, which is a "pity for Europe," Babiš said, noting that Great Britain had been a good partner and ally in the 28-member block.
Following Boris Johnson’s sweeping victory in Britain’s parliamentary
elections on Friday, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said he
anticipated complicated negotiations about post-Brexit relations.
Mr Petříček said that although he was personally disappointed by Britain’s planned departure from the European Union, it was important for the Czech Republic to focus on future cooperation with Great Britain. He also said he understood the need for British voters to move on.
EU leaders, including Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, reached an
agreement on climate change during a summit in Brussels on Thursday
The heads of state backed plans for the 28-nation bloc to become carbon neutral by 2050, with the exception of coal-reliant Poland. The target is part of a plan to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent.
The Czech Republic, which also raised objections to the 2050 carbon neutrality goal, only agreed to the deal after assurances were made that member states could use nuclear energy to reduce emissions.
A newborn boy was placed in a babybox in the South Bohemian town of České
Budějovice on Thursday morning. It is the 18th child this year to be
abandoned in this manner. Ludvík Hess, the founder of the Czech babybox
network, said the little boy was found in a good condition.
There are currently 76 such facilities monitored by doctors, across the Czech Republic. Altogether 198 babies were saved through baby-boxes since the system was introduced in 2005.
Czech Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar is due to sign a deal on the
purchase of twelve US helicopters for the Czech Army with his US
counterpart Mark Esper in Washington on Thursday.
The ministry has agreed to buy eight utility UH-1Y Venom helicopters and four AH-1Z attacks Viper helicopters from US company Bell for CZK 14.6 billion. They are due for delivery in 2023.
According to the Czech army chief of staff, Aleš Opata, the purchase is a step into the 21st century for the Czech Army. He also said he expected the helicopters to be used in military missions, as soon as the military personnel are trained to use them.
The Prague City Hall assembly on Thursday approved the signing of a
sister-city agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. According to
Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib, the agreement should be apolitical and cover
cooperation in the business and cultural spheres.
Prague City Hall in October terminated its sister-city agreement with Beijing after the Chinese capital refused to let Prague remove a clause saying it respected the policy of One China.
Minimum respectable salary in the Czech Republic, which would cover the
basic needs, as well as entertainment and small-time savings, is CZK
31,463, according to experts from Czech Sociological Institute and Fridrich
Ebert Foundation. In Prague, the sum is CZK 36, 850, due to higher costs of
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic reached CZK 33,697 in the third quarter of 2019. However, 50 percent of Czechs earn less than CZK 29,549, including people with a university education, such as teachers, social workers or professional musicians.
Czechs are spending increasing amounts of money on Christmas, according to
a survey carried out by the agency Nielsen Admosphere, presented on
The average amount Czechs will spend on Christmas shopping is CZK 12,297, which is CZK 1,310 more than last year.
While in 2016, the average amount Czechs spent on Christmas gifts amounted to CZK 4,500, last year it exceeded CZK 6,000 and this year it reached CZK 7,046.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is attending an EU summit in Brussels on
Thursday and Friday focused on plans to combat global warming. European
heads of state are set to debate ways for the 28-nation bloc to become
carbon neutral by 2050.
Mr Babiš said ahead of the summit that the Czech Republic was also committed to carbon neutrality, but it won’t be able to reach it without nuclear energy and called on Brussels not to exclude nuclear energy from its sustainable finance classification scheme.
He also pointed out the "astronomical costs" of a conversion to carbon neutrality, evaluating them at 26 billion euros. EU leaders will also discuss their long-term budget plans, economic developments and Britain’s departure from the European Union.
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