Almost half of Czech households do not set a family budget, and one-third
set no money aside at the end of the month, according to a STEM / MARK
survey by for the consumer lender group Home Credit.
Six out of ten households have a loan of some kind. One-third have a mortgage, one-fifth regularly carry over credit card debt, according to the survey.
Recent studies have shown that Czechs are borrowing more but missing payments or defaulting less, due to the low unemployment rate and steady economic growth.
The Russian Embassy has slammed the vandalizing of statues commemorating
the Red Army, which liberated the country from Nazi oppression in 1945.
A statue to the Red Army in Brno was splattered with red paint on Thursday, less than a day after vandals covered another Red Army statue with paint in the town of Ostrava.
A similar attack took place against Soviet Marshall Ivan Konev’s statue in Prague 6 in August, on the anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The Russian Embassy said on its Facebook page that these barbaric acts were an attempt to damage Czech-Russian relations.
The vandalism was also condemned by Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček who tweeted that taking out one’s anger and frustration on historic symbols was pathetic and could only damage the country’s reputation.
The 23rd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival opened with a gala
evening and award ceremony on Thursday.
The Argentinian director Ingrid Pokropek received an award for her documentary Shendy Wu: a diary, reflecting a girl's loneliness in an unfamiliar environment and the Respekt prize went to Jan Novak’s documentary Svitávka, depicting a small town controversy over accommodating people with a handicap.
Over the course of the next five days, the festival will showcase a total of 277 films, including a section dedicated to the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
President Miloš Zeman is being treated for a nutritional disorder
resulting in muscle loss and impaired muscle function, notable especially
in the legs, according to a report released by the Central Military
Hospital in Prague on Thursday.
During the president’s four day stay in hospital he received comprehensive treatment focused on the training of walking and standing stereotypes, supplemented by other rehabilitation procedures. Intensified nutrition was applied intravenously.
President Zeman has dropped 20 kilos in the past two years and suffers from loss of appetite, the report said. He was also found to be dehydrated and complained he had balance problems.
The president’s spokesman earlier described the hospitalization as a "reconditioning stay“. According to earlier reports, Zeman, 75, has low blood pressure, diabetes and neuropathy that makes walking difficult.
The lower house of Parliament has passed a bill declaring August 21st a day
in memory of the victims of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in
1968. The bill was supported by 130 out of 137 deputies present.
The Communist Party MPs present failed to suport the bill, with the exception of Jiří Dolejš who said he was voting according to his conscience and regarded the invasion as „a terrible blow to the country“.
The bill will now go to the Senate for approval.
The historical centre of Prague, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage
Site since 1992, could be put on the list of World Heritage in Danger,
according to UNESCO experts.
This UNESCO list is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to encourage corrective action.
A team of UNESCO experts who visited Prague in the spring expressed serious reservations to existing and planned high-rise buildings in Prague, and the new Building Act, which does not take into account the views of conservationists.
Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said in response to the news that it was premature to voice concerns regarding the possibility of Prague’s historic centre being put on the list of World Heritage in Danger. He said negotiations were underway with UNESCO experts and corrective measures would be taken.
Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 in a Group F Champions League match on
home ground on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring after just three minutes, but left-back Jan Boril evened the score five minutes after half-time giving Slavia reason to hope.
Despite Slavia’s spirited performance they missed several fine opportunities and in the 57th minute Slavia winger Peter Olayinka deflected a Luis Suarez close-range shot into his own net, sealing Barcelon’s victory.
Barcelona top Group F with seven points from three games. Slavia are at the bottom with a single point.
The Senate commission set up to assess the European Commission audits
concerning Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's suspected conflict of
interest says its initial findings suggest that this may be the case and
has invited the prime minister for questioning.
The commission, headed by Zdeněk Nytra from the Civic Democrats' senators' group, does not have the status of an investigative body, but was set up to monitor developments in the case and guarantee objectivity.
The two EC audits, which are both preliminary, claim that the Czech prime minister has a conflict of interest due to continued influence on the agro-chemical business conglomerate Agrofert which he established and later put in trust funds in order to comply with a strict new conflict of interests law.
Prime Minister Babiš has denied any wrongdoing, saying he had fully adhered to Czech law.
The deputy chair of the Pirate Party Jakub Michálek is under fire from
party members for allegedly bullying subordinates and creating an
atmosphere of fear and stress in the workplace.
The head of the party’s personnel department Jana Koláříková raised the issue on the grounds of numerous complaints and the party leadership is now considering his dismissal from the post of deputy-chair. Michálek is also head of the party’s deputies‘ group in the lower house.
Michálek has denied bullying subordinates, saying that he merely demanded high standards of performance from colleagues.