Social Democrat chairman Jan Hamáček has called for a vote of confidence
in the party’s Executive Committee to be held on Saturday, October 21.
Hamáček said he needs confirmation that party members agree on his agenda in the wake of poor showings in the recent municipal and Senate elections.
The Social Democrats failed to defend all but one of the 13 seats in the upper house being contested while their senior partner in the coalition government, the ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, secured only one new mandate in the 81-seat chamber.
The opposition Civic Democrats and Christian Democrats have 16 and 15 seats in the Senate, respectively, while the Social Democrats now have 13 and ANO have only seven.
The government has approved the hiring of 1,000 new police officers to
bolster the current force of 40,000.
The aim, according to Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (Social Democrat), is to ensure that the Czech Republic remains among the most secure countries in the world.
About 150 of the new positions will be assigned to specialised police units tasked with fighting cybercrime, terrorism and extremism, or financial crime.
The overall crime rate has dropped about 7 percent last year in annual terms, but instances of cybercrime and online fraud rose by some 6 percent.
The average mortgage interest rate rose in September to 2.57 percent from
2.53 percent in August, according to Fincentrum Hypoindex.
Despite higher rates, the number of applicants surged as people sought to get mortgages before tougher lending guidelines came into effect on October 1.
Under the new guidelines set by the Czech National Bank, a borrower should not be eligible for a loan greater than nine times their annual net income or have to spend over 45 percent of their monthly net income to service the debt.
Italians and Czechs would be the least likely to vote to remain in the EU
if a referendum were held now, Euobserver reports, citing an as-yet
unpublished Eurobarometer poll.
According to the poll, circulated to some media on Wednesday, only 44 percent of Italians and 47 percent of Czechs would vote to stay in the bloc. In no other EU member state did that figure fall below 50 percent.
A majority of 53 percent in the UK, which voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum, would now vote to remain in the EU, the survey also found.
An appeals court has reduced to seven years a prison sentence handed down
to a Czech woman who defrauded a Norwegian man out of 53 million crowns.
They had met on an online portal offering erotic services.
The woman, then 27, had asked her 60-year-old victim for loans for various things, such as to pay for knee surgery, to buy a car and purchase food for her cat, convincing the Norwegian she would pay him back later.
After havving been sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud the woman, Barbora Havířová, immediately filed an appeal.
The decision of the High Court of Appeal in Olomouc reduced her sentence by one year, a spokesperson for the Court of First Instance in Brno said. The judgment is final.
The Czech government has increased the budget for transport infrastructure
next year to CZK 86.3 billion, its press office said on Wednesday morning.
The amount to be spent on construction and renovation of the country’s
road and rail networks will be CZK 14 billion higher than in 2018.
Cabinet members have also given the green light to Strategic Framework 2030, a plan whose objective is described as to improve the quality of life of all inhabitants of the Czech Republic while respecting natural limits.
The Czech Republic’s footballers were beaten 1:0 away by Ukraine on
Tuesday night. Though losing their second game under new coach Jaroslav
Šilhavý, the Czechs won plaudits for their style of play.
The result means Ukraine have won group B1 and the Czechs are now competing with Slovakia to avoid relegation to a lower level of the Nations League; a draw against the Slovaks in Prague next month would secure their place and offer the possibility of a place at Euro 2020.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticised the vulgar language used by
President Miloš Zeman in an interview on Czech Radio on Monday. Mr. Babiš
said he understood that the head of state became angry when referring to
the likes of Viktor Kožený, a 1990s financier wanted on an international
arrest warrant, and Zdeněk Bakala, the former owner of mining company OKD.
However, such language was inappropriate, the prime minister said.
The president used one of the strongest Czech expletives in the live interview. Mr. Babiš rarely questions the head of state in public.
Tuesday is the 50th anniversary of the approval by the Czechoslovak
government of the presence of Soviet troops on the country’s territory.
The move followed the invasion of the country in August 1968 by Warsaw Pact
soldiers. Previously Czechoslovakia was the only country in the Eastern
Bloc not to possess Soviet troop bases.
The text of the treaty document was drafted in early October 1968, when senior Czechoslovak Communist Party officials Alexander Dubček, Oldřich Černík and Gustav Husák held talks in Moscow on the conditions of the temporary deployment of allied troops. Russian soldiers finally left Czechoslovakia 23 years later.