News Most Czech entrepreneurs support euro adoption

02-05-2014 09:45 | Daniela Lazarová

Over three quarters of entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic would support the country’s accession to the euro zone, according to a survey made in connection with the tenth anniversary of the Czech Republic's entry in the EU. A quarter of those polled believe that the country should have adopted the euro already, nearly 30 percent support its adoption in 2018 to 2020 and some 22 percent think that the country should join the euro zone after 2020. Only 23 percent of the entrepreneurs are against euro adoption. Around three quarters of the entrepreneurs think that joining the EU was favourable for their company. They praise mostly free movement in the Schengen Area, EU subsidies and support instruments, the internal market and higher chances for trade. As for the main disadvantages of EU membership, domestic entrepreneurs cite higher bureaucracy and excessive regulation.

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Czech PM warns against rise in anti-establishment, anti-EU movements

22-10-2016 13:45 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has warned against the rise in anti-establishment and anti-EU movements around Europe. Speaking at a conference of Slovakia’s Social Democrats (SMER-SD)of Prime Minister Robert Fico, Mr. Sobotka said Social Democratic parties around Europe must react to the concerns of the public in order to prevent this trend. Anti-establishment and ant-EU movements feed off people’s frustration and fears of the future, but what they offer is a grave danger for the continent, because the only alternative to EU integration and the single market is competition, nationalism and protectionism, the Czech prime minister said. 

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22-10-2016 12:25 | Daniela Lazarová

Sunday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius. 

Political scene in shock over award scandal

22-10-2016 12:17 | Daniela Lazarová

The affair has evoked widespread criticism across the political spectrum. The leaderships of the Christian Democratic party and the opposition Civic Democrats have said they will discuss a possible party boycott of the award-giving ceremony at Prague Castle next week and many ministers and high-placed officials have already said they plan to decline the invitation. Speaker of the lower house Jan Hamacek of the Social Democratic Party said that if Mr. Herman’s words were confirmed he would not attend the ceremony. Miroslava Nemcova of the Civic Democrats said that if the allegations were true then the president had committed blackmail and society must respond. An alternate celebration marking Czechoslovak Independence Day is being organized on Prague’s Old Town Square. Prague Castle has not officially responded to the developments. 

Culture Minister says president himself threatened his meeting with Dalai Lama would have consequences

22-10-2016 10:24 | Daniela Lazarová

Culture Minister Daniel Herman has revealed that it was President Miloš Zeman himself who threatened him not to meet with Dalai Lama or his uncle, Auschwitz survivor George Brady, would be crossed off the list of nominees for a high state distinction. Mr. Herman told Czech Television late on Friday the words had been said at an official event in front of several witnesses. He refused to disclose their names for fear of dragging them into the dispute. According to, Czech-born George Brady, 88,who has devoted his life to writing and lecturing about the Holocaust, was on the list of nominees who are to receive a state award on October 28, Czechoslovak Independence Day, but was crossed off the list on Friday.

The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček, has lashed out at the culture minister, saying he had degraded the state award ceremony for his own petty disputes with Prague Castle. He refused to say whether Brady had been on the nominees list, which was confidential, but rejected any possible connection with the Dalai Lama. 

Palacký University in Olomouc to give George Brady academic award

22-10-2016 09:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Palacký University in Olomouc is to give Terezin and Auschwitz survivor George Brady an academic award in recognition of his life’s work. Its rector Jaroslav Miller said the university would be honoured to receive Mr. Brady when he visits the Czech Republic. George Brady, who has devoted his life to writing and lecturing about the Holocaust was to have been given a high state distinction by President Milos Zeman on October 28, Czechoslovak Independence Day, but he was crossed off the list reportedly due to the fact that his nephew Culture Minister Daniel Herman met with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Prague, raising the ire of the president. Palacký University in Olomouc is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest in the Czech Republic. 

Culture minister says Prague Castle pressured him not to meet with Dalai Lama

21-10-2016 17:38 updated | Daniela Lazarová

Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman has told the ctk news agency Prague Castle had put pressure on him not to meet with the Dalail Lama during his visit to Prague. Mr. Herman said he was warned that, if he did so his uncle, Czech-born Auschwitz survivor George Brady, 88, who was one of the nominees to get a state award from the president on October 28th ,marking Czechoslovak Independence Day, would not receive the honour. According to George Brady was crossed off the list of nominees on Friday. 

Deputies move to curb bootleg wine production

21-10-2016 17:36 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house of Parliament has moved to curb bootleg wine production. The proposed amendment to the law envisages fines of up to 50 million crowns, up from the present 5 million, and sets down strict norms on the sale of barrel wine. If the bill wins approval in the Senate in its present form, barrel wine will only be able to be sold by wine producers and importers in special shops, so-called vinotekas, under strict conditions. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka argues that in some ways the bill is excessively stringent and has said he will try to get the Senate to modify it. The country’s small wine-makers also fear that the new conditions could be devastating for their business. 

Czech hockey legend Jágr scores 750th NHL goal

21-10-2016 14:12 | Daniela Lazarová

Jaromír Jágr reached a career milestone on Thursday, scoring his 750th NHL goal, putting him third on the league’s all-time scoring list, behind only Gordie Howe (who scored 801) and Wayne Gretzky (894). The Kladno-native is also third on the list of career points, 17 points shy of Mark Messier (1,887). 

Franz Kafka street festival in Prague

21-10-2016 13:34 | Daniela Lazarová

Admirers of the world-famous writer Franz Kafka can take part in a street event organized in his memory by the Franz Kafka Society in Prague. The half-day cultural festival named Kafka Forever is to take place on Friday (October 21) afternoon and evening between 3pm and 9pm in Prague's Dušní, or Holy Spirit Street, where a memorial to the author stands. The organizers have arranged a theatre performance, a concert and guided tours to Kafka’s favourite haunts in the Lesser Town available in Czech and German. 

Weather forecast

21-10-2016 12:47 | Daniela Lazarová

The weekend should be partly cloudy to overcast with the possibility of scattered showers on Saturday, clearer skies on Sunday and day temps between 9 and 11 degrees Celsius. 


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