There has been a marked increase in hate speech in the Czech Republic, the
Interior Ministry says in its report on extremism for the second half of
The report highlights a number of controversies that have stirred hate speech in the country, such as the planned removal of the statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev from Prague 6.
The report says some neo-Nazi activists have resumed their activities, while anarchists and communists are going through a period of stagnation and have been less active.
In 2019 the police registered 170 extremist crimes, nine less than in the previous year.
The city of Česká Lípa, north of Prague, is launching an integration
project for foreigners living in the region.
The 1.8 million crown integration project, for which the city hopes to get a state grant, is to help the 2,500 foreign workers living and working in the area to learn the language and assist with their integration into Czech society.
City hall spokesperson Kristýna Kňákal Brožová says local schools who have admitted 360 foreign children, most of whom do not speak Czech, will be heavily involved in the effort.
The money will also serve to pay for translators to facilitate negotiations between the foreign community the city hall and schools. The majority of foreign workers in Česká Lípa are from Mongolia.
The Czech Republic and Germany have both offered to speak out on Israel’s
behalf at the International Criminal Court, which is currently weighing
whether to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Gaza
and the West Bank, the Times of Israel reported.
Both Prague and Berlin have submitted requests to become an amicus curiae — a “friend of the court” who is not a party to the case but wants to offer its views. The deadline for states to submit legal opinions expires Friday.
Both countries are expected to submit a written legal opinion positing that The Hague does not have jurisdiction to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Other states, including Australia, Canada and Hungary, have taken Israel’s side in the debate over jurisdiction, but have not asked to submit written legal opinions to the court.
Inflation in January of this year reached 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 percent
in December of 2019. It is the steepest year-on year increase since 2012,
the Czech Statistics Office reported. Economic experts had predicted
stagnation at December’s 3.2 percent.
Inflation is expected to remain well above three percent in the coming months as well, the ctk news agency writes.
Rents rose on average by 4.2 percent in January, the cost of sewage and natural gas increased by 2.9 percent year-on-year, while electricity prices were up by a tenth in January.
The five Czechs who returned from Wuhan city, which is at the centre of the
coronavirus epidemic in China, and have been held in quarantine at a Prague
hospital, will be released on Monday.
All their tests have come out negative and none are showing any signs of illness, according to a spokesman for the Czech Hygiene Office.
Seventy-five people have been tested for coronavirus in the Czech Republic to date and all the tests have been negative.
Three times Olympics winner Martina Sáblíková triumphed at the
women's 3,000 meters race at the World Speed Skating Championship in
Salt Lake City on Thursday.
It is the sixth world title for Sáblíková in the 3,000 event and the 21st medal from world championship.
The 32-year-old Czech finished with a time of 3 minutes 54.25 seconds, coming ahead of Carlijn Achtereekte of the Netherlands and Russia’s Natalia Voronina.
Czech team took the bronze at the Biathlon World Cup mixed relay
competition in Antholz-Anterselva on Thursday.
Eva Kristejn Puskarčíková, Markéta Davidová, Ondřej Moravec and Michal Krčmář made it into the top three behind Norway and Italy. It is the third World Cup medal in the mixed relay for the Czech Republic.
President Miloš Zeman appointed 35 new judges to office at a ceremony at
Prague Castle on Thursday. In his address to the nominees, the president
urged them to resist political pressure and rely on their own judgement.
The new judges, 15 of them women, will fill various posts at the regional courts all around the country.
Most of the new judges have previously worked as lawyers. Among the nominees is Sylva Šiškeová, who will be heading to the Supreme Administrative Court in Brno.
Around 950,000 cubic metres of wood belonging to the state-owned forestry
firm Lesy ČR have been damaged as a result of the windstorm Sabine that
swept through the Czech Republic on Monday and Tuesday. The damage has been
estimated at 250 to 300 million crowns.
The Czech Republic saw winds of up to 180 kilometres per hour in places, however they were not strong enough to be classified as a hurricane force.
The biggest calamity in state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.