Czech firms are expected to curb their investments this year, as a result
of the workforce shortage, and the expected slowing of the German and Czech
economies, according to a prediction released by the European Commission.
The Czech export-oriented economy is expected to feel the impact of an economic slowdown in Europe, particularly in its main export destination, Germany. Despite this the Commission predicts solid growth, driven mainly by household consumption.
Companies are expected to invest mainly into digitalization and automated technologies.
As a result of frequent summer droughts in recent years and increasing
number of Czechs are requesting permission to dig or renew their own wells,
the ctk news agency reports, citing local authorities.
For instance the city of Tabor, in south Bohemia, has received 88 such requests from the start of the year, compared to 47 in the same period last year; Kladno has received 47 requests whereas it had just one last year.
Moreover local authorities admit the number could be much higher because due to red tape the approval process takes months and many people have started digging wells without waiting for permission.
During extended periods of drought some towns have limited water consumption to 100 litres per day.
Czech climber Adam Ondra dominated the men’s qualifiers of the Chamonix Lead Climbing World Cup 2019 on Saturday. Ondra bounced back after an elbow injury to clinch the only two tops, placing provisional first ahead of Alexander Megos and Romain Desgranges. The other Czech representative in the race, Martin Stráník, finished sixth.
Czech pop idol Karel Gott turns 80 on Sunday. Over the course of his
career, spanning over six decades, the Czech crooner sold over 50 million
albums and collected over 40 Golden Nightingale Awards.
Although his discography covers various genres, including jazz, rock, and folk music, the Czech king of pop sung mainly about love with the most frequent words in his lyrics being “me”, “you” and “love”.
On the occasion of his 80th birthday Supraphon is releasing a collection of his greatest hits, including his very first recording from 1960.
If the Social Democrats decide to leave the government at a meeting of the
party leadership on Monday, then no party in Parliament would be willing to
enter into a coalition with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ ANO party,
according to a survey conducted by Czech Radio.
The opposition Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and the Pirate Party said they would not, under any circumstances, support a cabinet headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, but his resignation might open the door to a cabinet reconstruction, thereby avoiding early elections.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy Party which has expressed readiness to support the Babiš cabinet on condition that its program priorities would be implemented also said it would not want to be represented in such a cabinet.
The Communist Party alone has refused to reveal its position.
In a video-greeting to the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party on the
occasion of its weekend party conference, President Miloš Zeman said he
does not consider the party to be extremist, and finds the label
“radical” more suited to its nature. Radical parties are a legitimate
part of the political spectrum, Mr. Zeman noted.
The president said he shared the party’s preference for direct elections, noting that he himself had been elected in this way and supported the institution of public referenda.
He was critical however of the party’s negative stand to Czech participation in foreign missions, saying that international terrorism must be fought by actions not just words and every democratic country had a responsibility to contribute to this endeavour.
The Communist Party leadership is due to meet with representatives of the
ANO party on Tuesday to assess to what extent the minority government of
ANO and the Social Democrats is fulfilling the tolerance agreement with the
Communists which has enabled it to govern.
The Communist Party has tolerated the government in return for policy concessions and support for its own stated policy priorities, such as a tax on church restitutions and increased expenditures in the social sphere.
The Communist Party has so far shown no indication that it might withdraw this support over the scandals surrounding the prime minister or the drawn-out crisis concerning the culture minister.
Severe rain and hail storms in the past two weeks are reported to have
caused damages to the tune of one billion crowns, according to data from
Czech insurance companies. The most damages are reported from the Olomouc
region but people all around the country have been filing insurance claims
over damaged roofs, cars and gardens.
Insurance companies say they have managed to settle around a third of the claims so far. Farmers also report severe damage to the fruit harvest.
The Czech branch of the International watchdog Transparency International
has decided to sue Prime Minister Andrej Babiš over statements which it
says are damaging the organization’s reputation.
In a statement released on Friday, TI Czech Republic said it had filed a slander complaint at the regional court in Prague and would be represented by lawyer Pavel Uhl.
The head of the Czech branch of TI David Ondračka said that on several public occasions the prime minister, who himself is suspected of EU subside fraud, had referred to Transparency International as a corrupt organization, with the clear intention of damaging the organization’s good name.
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