On Šumava, Sobotka prefers general rules

Prime minister says he does not want a tailor-made law dealing with national park Add a comment

Tuesday news briefing — July 29, 2014

Proposed “Metropolitan Plan” in Prague would fill vacant downtown areas; ČR finally manages to draw pro-environment EU subsidies; Transparency International questions land restitution cases in Prague Add a comment

Czech ministry rejects murderer Kajínek's pardon application

Justice Minister Helena Válková suggests, however, that sentence may be too harsh Add a comment

Number of extremists rallies up 40 percent

Czech fringe groups on both the left and the right have been very active this year Add a comment

Dispute over Klaus’s contentious amnesty may be settled

Lawyer under former president sued Zeman for suggesting he penned the controversial pardon in waning days of Klaus presidency Add a comment

Measles hits ČR; people in their 40s at risk

Highly contagious disease can be dangerous to those whose immune system is weak Add a comment

Czech state claims victory in Diag Human case

Verdict in longstanding court dispute is still unclear as both sides say they won Add a comment

St. Ann pilgrimage underlines need for reconciliation

Cardinal Duka marks 100th anniversary of mobilization for World War I Add a comment

Karlovy Vary airport's passenger numbers fall sharply in H1

Weak ruble and turmoil in Ukraine are two of the reasons for fewer visitors flying in from Russia Add a comment

Friday news briefing — July 25, 2014

In a repeat vote, Czech lawmakers reject proposal to cut excise duty on fuel; Rudolf Mašata named new acting director of Karlovy Vary’s Thermal hotel; police return six works of art recovered over the past few months Add a comment

Activist wants former minister investigated

Former dissident writes letter to point out his suspicions over collusion between police and politicians in Olomouc region Add a comment
After two most recent general elections, only about one-fifth of lawmakers in Chamber of Deputies have been women Add a comment

Foreign affairs ministers of ČR, Vietnam meet in Prague

Zaorálek, Minh discuss boosting trade ties between the two countries Add a comment

Thursday news briefing — July 24, 2014

Prague archbishop says Communists are literally dying out; Confidence in economy down for first time in  a year; Lawyer Šťastný to replace Babis's man on ČEZ supervisory board Add a comment

Babiš reveals his 2013 income

Czech Finance Minister posted staggering salary in the tens of millions of crowns before becoming finance minister Add a comment

Election candidates pay up to 1.5 million Kč to ANO

Practice is not unusual nor is it illegal, but it raises doubts, experts say Add a comment

Wednesday news briefing — July 23, 2014

Miroslav Dvořák, chairman of Český Aeroholding, resigns and is replaced by Babiš pick, Václav Řehoř; Czech ship made of plastic bottles makes it way to border; Orthodox church icons found at railway station to go on display Add a comment

Ombudsman: Foreigners should have right to vote

Top official says a ‘fundamental right’ is being denied Add a comment

David Černý fined 100,000 Kč for slanderous behavior

Controversial Czech artist had insulted former head of National Gallery in a 2011 documentary Add a comment

Sixteen Czech sites seek UNESCO designation

Among others, list of candidates includes Ostrava’s Vítkovice complex and the infamous Terezín fortress Add a comment

Tuesday news briefing — July 22, 2014

According to new ČSSD slogan, party is ‘changing the country for the better’; cinema ticket sales rise sharply; many Czech children undergo detox Add a comment

Czech Social Democrat, former Communist, may run for president

Zdeněk Škromach currently serves as the deputy chairman of the Senate Add a comment

Monday news briefing — July 21, 2014

Women’s lobby group calls on deputies to reject current draft bill that would regulate prostitution; Temelín pressure vessel gets sexennial checkup; number of towns with risky management down to 63 Add a comment

Czech soccer legend to run in Senate election

Antonín Panenka’s penalty goal at the UEFA Euro 1976 won the championship for the Czechoslovak team Add a comment

First child in Czech Republic given artificial heart

A 16-year-old boy from south Moravia had suffered from heart defect for more than a decade Add a comment

Bursík to run for Senate as TOP 09 candidate

Former leader of the Czech Green Party seeks to represent Prague 1 Add a comment

Czech soldiers thank Zeman for support in letter from Afghanistan

Five soldiers were killed last week following a suicide bomb attack near the Bagram air base Add a comment

Friday news briefing — July 18, 2014

Česká pošta loses 2 percent of letter market to competitors; state looks into building a new dam for Dukovany nuclear power plant; five replacements for Czech soldiers killed at Bagram arrive at base Add a comment

Thursday news briefing — July 17, 2014

Zeman refuses to appoint justice minister’s candidate for regional court chairman; ECHR rules Czech state was at fault in case involving single father; Aero Vodochody signs contract with U.S. firm to sell off L-159 planes Add a comment

Opposition accuses gov’t of dragging its feet on EU commissioner pick

TOP 09 joins Communists, Dawn in denouncing coalition for slow move toward nomination Add a comment