According to a poll by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM), 49
per cent of Czechs see the economic situation as good, 36 per cent are
undecided, and 15 per cent see it as doing poorly.
A more detailed analysis of the poll shows a strong correlation between expressed optimism and the person’s assessment of their own standard of living, satisfaction with their own life or increasing satisfaction with the political situation.
The European Commission’s spring forecast predicted Czech GDP growth will slow to 3.4 per cent this year and to 3.1 per cent in 2019. Last year, Czech economic growth reached 4.4 per cent.
People in the Czech Republic worked an average of 41.1 hours per week last
year, according to a study by Raiffeisenbank, with entrepreneurs clocking
in about five hours more per week than employees.
In 2003, the average Czech worked a 42-hour week. Raiffeisenbank said the reduction stems from a campaign by trade unions launched last spring to reduce the standard hours to 37.5 per week.
Raiffeisenbank said any official reduction in the workweek would hurt the Czech economy rather than further reduce unemployment.
Neither Moravia Steel nor its subsidiary Třinecké železárny will submit
a binding offer to purchase the rival steelworks ArcelorMittal Ostrava.
A Třinecké železárny spokesperson said on Wednesday that the decision had been made after “careful analysis and consideration of all aspects” of a potential deal, without providing details.
ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, is looking to sell its Czech unit and some other assets by the end of the year in order win EU antitrust clearance to acquire troubled Italian peer Ilva.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the right of a witness or person
being interrogated not to incriminate a family member now applies also to
The ruling stemmed from a specific case involving a woman asked to testify about an alleged rape of a friend by her husband. The witness had refused to testify on the grounds that she was a close friend of them both.
The Constitutional Court annulled a court fine of 10,000 crowns against the woman. Justice Vojtěch Šimíček said that friendships can be stronger than family ties.
A June poll by the STEM agency shows Prime Minister Andrej Babiš remains
the country’s most popular politician, with 47 per cent of eligible
voters giving him a favourable rating. Jaroslav Faltýnek, the deputy
chairman of the ANO movement which Mr Babiš founded, ranked second at 38
STEM said that the poll results show there are still no "political stars" on the current scene viewed positively by the majority of the people.
Rounding out the top five spots are three opposition party chairmen: Ivan Bartoš of the Pirate Party at 36 per cent, Tomio Okamura of the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD) at 35 per cent, and Vojtěch Filip of the Communists (KSČM) at 33 per cent.
Jan Hamáček, the party chairman of the Social Democrats – ANO’s junior coalition partner in the minority government formed in July – placed sixth, at 31 per cent.
Hydro-meteorologists have called a smog alert in the central Bohemian
region. The reason for the present problem is the long-lasting heat wave
which has radically increased the amount of ground-level ozone in the
Elderly people and people with chronic ailments have been advised to avoid increased physical activity and stay indoors as much as possible.
A Prague district court has found Jaroslav Staník, a former member of the
opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD), guilty of hate speech
over statements he made in Parliament about Jews, Roma and gays, Czech
Television reported on Tuesday.
The court issued the respective penal order on Monday, but its spokeswoman Pavla Hájková could not reveal details of the verdict since not all participants in the case had received it in writing.
The court may impose a suspended sentence of up to one year, home confinement, or a fine.
According to eyewitnesses, Stanik said on the premises of the lower house last October that the Roma, Jews and homosexuals should be shot dead at birth.
The President of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský has said that
the highly publicized case in which the clients of the now bankrupt
construction company H-system have been ordered out of their homes by a
ruling of the Supreme Court points to a failure of the judiciary and the
state in the 1990s.
Both Rychetský and the President of the Supreme Court Pavel Šámal, who met with President Miloš Zeman to discuss the highly controversial verdict, said that in this case it was up to the state to intervene and compensate the clients in the case. The court is not in a position to settle this manner fairly for everyone, Rychetský said.
During their meeting President Zeman was reportedly critical of the fact that it had taken Czech courts twenty years to deal with the case, a fact that contributed to the plight of those involved.
The families ordered out of their homes claim the verdict is unfair since they each lost a huge investment, completed the unfinished homes at their own expense and would now have to vacate the property.
The administrator wants their apartments to be sold off to the benefit all of the altogether 1,000 duped clients of the bankrupt H-System.
Fourteen people were injured when a passenger train ploughed into a tractor
near the town of Písek on Tuesday. The tractor driver allegedly ignored
the red lights on the crossing. Six people were taken to hospital, eight
were treated by paramedics on the spot.
The track will remain closed to traffic for the rest of the day and Czech Railways has arranged a replacement bus service for passengers.