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MONEYVAL publishes report on Czech Republic - Newsroom  Council of Europe

Combatting money laundering in the Czech Republic: despite progress more investigations are needed, says Council of Europe report.

Council of Europe
Holders Czech Republic exit Fed Cup in first round  Radio Prague

Defending champions the Czech Republic were knocked out in the first round of the Fed Cup at the weekend. The Czechs lost 2:3 on matches to Romania in ...

Radio Prague
How Has the Eurozone Debt Crisis Affected the Czech Republic?  Prague Post

The Eurozone debt crisis is still the elephant in the room and still affecting a majority of European countries – even those that don't outwardly show signs of ...

Prague Post
Arriva to operate four express rail lines in Czech Republic  Railway Technology

Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Arriva has secured a contract from the Czech Ministry of Transport to operate four express rail lines in the country.

Railway Technology
Can Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome Europe’s east-west divide?  European Council on Foreign Relations

Prague and Bratislava can jointly develop a more visible profile within the Visegrad 4 group and counter the overall dominance of Hungary and Poland.

European Council on Foreign Relations
Apple Pay expected to debut in Czech Republic on Feb. 19  AppleInsider

Apple Pay may launch in the Czech Republic sooner rather than later, debuting on Feb. 19, according to one report.

AMC Networks agrees distribution deals in Slovakia, Czech Republic  Digital TV Europe

AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) has renewed its distribution agreement with Deutsche Telekom's subsidiaries in the ...

Digital TV Europe
Czech Republic to stop using ‘Greek yogurt’ labelling  Greek City Times

There has been an important victory for Greece's dairy industry and farmers, as the Czech Republic has sent the European Commission a draft amendment to its ...

Greek City Times
GAR Article: Huawei threatens claim against Czech Republic  GAR

Embattled Chinese telecoms company Huawei has reportedly threatened the Czech Republic with international arbitration after a state agency warned that.

Czech Republic Archives - bellingcat  bellingcat

This is a joint publication with Czech medium Houpací Osel's Jan Žabka. In November 2018, Andrej Babiš, the Prime Minister (PM) of the Czech Republic, came ...

Czech Republic plans to create orphanage in Syria  Radio Prague

The Czech Republic plans to build a centre for orphanages in Syria, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Czech Television after a meeting with representatives of ...

Radio Prague
Former Czech Republic defender Repka gets jail for fraud  Washington Post

Former Czech Republic defender Tomas Repka has been convicted of fraud and sentenced to 15 months in jail.

Washington Post
If US withdraws troops from Afghanistan, Czech Republic will follow suit, says Metnar  Radio Prague

The minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, says that if the United States withdraws its troops from Afghanistan the Czech Republic will do likewise. Speaking in ...

Radio Prague
Kiara excited to compete in the Czech Republic for water polo cup  Boksburg Advertiser

It's her second selection on an international level, but St Dominic's water polo player Kiara Schutte's (16) excitement remains palpable. The utility player has ...

Boksburg Advertiser
Chaos in Czech Republic amid heavy snowfall and blackouts  Aljazeera.com

Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power. Up to 20cm of *fresh* snow was reported in ...

Czech Republic ready to withdraw troops from Afghanistan following US – minister  AzerNews

If the United States decides to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, the Czech Republic will follow, Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on Saturday, ...

The Czech Republic welcomed a record 10.6 million tourists in 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Tourism in the Czech Republic has continued to soar at a record-breaking pace, as the country saw a 6.4% rise in 2018.

Czech Player Zdenek Ondrasek On FC Dallas Gets Taste Of Home In Texas  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – For FC Dallas forward Zdenek Ondrasek, playing in Texas is a long way from home. Originally from the Czech Republic, ...

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Piracy in the Czech Republic: new insights  Broadband TV News

The Czech DTH and internet TV operator Digi CZ has provided insights into how it is addressing the problem of internet piracy in the country. In a statement it ...

Broadband TV News
The Surging Phenomenon of Vaping E-cigarettes in the Czech Republic and EU  Prague Post

Across the Czech Republic and the European Union, e-cigs or electronic cigarettes have become the hottest trend since the last year. Increasingly large ...

Prague Post
Woman with cancer suing Czech Republic over air-pollution  Radio Prague

An elderly woman from the Radvanice district in Ostrava is suing the Czech Republic for having developed cancer, which also killed her husband several years ...

Radio Prague
Denisa Spergerova crowned Miss World Czech Republic 2019  Femina Miss India

At the grand finale of Miss Czech Republic 2019, Denisa Spergerova an ever glowing beauty queen was finally crowned as Miss World Czech Republic 2019, ...

Femina Miss India
Czech Republic opens museum dedicated to Jan Palach  Emerging Europe

Fifty years after his death, Czech student Jan Palach remains a national hero and an inspiration for new generations. This year, dozens of public events were ...

Emerging Europe
petr stolín builds transparent kindergarten of glass fiber in the czech republic  Designboom

all day long, the children can discover the new kindergarten designed by petr stolín architects and all the possible ways to move through it.

Exploring Prague, Czech Republic - Planning Your Itinerary and Travel Tips  International Living

Our travel tip for Prague is to book the hop-on, hop-off bus for two days, which includes a free walking tour of the Castle (with tips) and a one-hour...

International Living
Commissioner calls on the Czech Republic to ensure legislative changes do not harm inclusive education efforts  Council of Europe

In a letter to the Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Robert Plaga, published today, the Commissioner ...

Council of Europe
Czech Republic excludes Huawei from public tenders  Emerging Europe

The Czech Republic's taxation authority has excluded the Chinese IT company Huawei from a public tender procedure to build a tax portal for almost 20 million ...

Emerging Europe
Could AT&T be Czech Republic's next major telecom operator?  Radio Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's tweet that he was lobbying for the opening of an Apple Store in Prague received much attention from Czech media. However ...

Radio Prague
Full ban on animal fur farms in the Czech Republic is now in effect - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Last week, the long-awaited ban on fur farms in the Czech Republic went into effect; this week, the state will ensure they have ceased operation.

No-deal Brexit: Poland and Czech Republic to allow Britons to stay if UK crashes out  The Guardian

Emergency laws being written to enable Britons to remain and work in the two countries in event of no-deal Brexit.

The Guardian
Czech Republic reports 15 flu deaths - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

PRAGUE, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen people died of flu in Czech Republic by the end of January during the current flu season, according to the data from the ...

Czech Player On FC Dallas Gets Taste Of Home In Texas  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

For FC Dallas forward Zdenek Ondrasek, playing in Texas is a long way from home. Originally, from the Czech Republic, Ondrasek had never been to the United ...

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Minister has plan to stop doctors exodus – but young practitioners are unconvinced  Radio Prague

There is a serious shortage of young doctors entering the Czech health system, with many physicians choosing to work in Western countries instead.

Radio Prague
Fed Cup flashback: Czech Republic take on Romania in 2016  WTA Tennis

Ahead of this weekend's blockbuster match, we look back on photos from their previous encounter in the team competition. WTA Staff. February 5, 2019. AddThis ...

WTA Tennis
Apple Pay may reach Slovakia & Czech Republic this spring  AppleInsider

Filling out important gaps in the European market, Apple Pay is reportedly poised to arrive in Slovakia and/or the Czech Republic somewhere between late ...

Heading home: Sedlak visited Czech Republic during break  NHL.com

When the Blue Jackets played their final game before the appropriately named winter break on Dec. 19 in St. Paul, Minn., the high temperature was 11 degrees ...

Salini Impregilo wins Czech highway contract | Article | KHL  KHL Group

Salini Impregilo, the Italian-based contractor, will build a section of the D3 highway with its joint-venture partner, Doprastav of Slovakia, after wining a contract in ...

KHL Group
Czech Republic to pay migrants to leave the EU - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Foreigners illegally residing in the Czech Republic will be able to earn up to 100,000 crowns by voluntarily leaving the country and promising not to return to the ...

Czech Republic recognizes Guaido as Venezuelan president  Prague Daily Monitor

Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (CSSD) formally announced on Monday, that the Czech Republic now recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido as the new, ...

Prague Daily Monitor
Ukraine increasingly important economic partner for Czech Republic, says Foreign Minister  Radio Prague

One of the important points on Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček's agenda during his two-day visit to Ukraine has been the strengthening of economic relations.

Radio Prague
News in Brief: January's Headlines in the Czech Republic  Brno Daily

Brno, Feb 7 (BD) – A round-up of Czech news headlines from January. Title image: Casadei Graphics. Černošice Municipality Rules Against Prime Minister ...

Brno Daily
Tesla quietly launches Czech operations, now looking for employees - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The electric car manufacturer is now hiring for a yet-undisclosed location in Prague with speculation that the next Gigafactory might come to the Czech Republic.

Martina Štěpánková becomes first Czech world champion musher - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The Czech Republic has its very first world champion in the sport of mushing, as Martina Štěpánková – along with her dogs Gray and Tim – took home two gold ...

Big Gains for Cinema Attendance in Poland, Romania and Czech Republic in 2018  Film New Europe

STRASBOURG: Cinema admissions reached record levels in Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic, but total admissions in the EU decreased in 2018, ...

Film New Europe
Czech Republic ready to step up Indo-Czech cooperation in defence, other sectors: PM Andrej Babis  Business Today

Czech Republic's defence minister to visit Bengaluru next month to attend Aero India.

Business Today
Czech Republic crime rate down by 5% in 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

For the fifth consecutive year, the crime rate in the Czech Republic has dropped, according to new statistics released by Czech Police today. Police across the ...

Draft Amendment to Ban Czech Dairy Industry from Calling Yoghurts "Greek"  The National Herald

ATHENS – In a victory for Greece's dairy industry and farmers within the European Union, the Czech Republic has sent the European Commission a draft ...

The National Herald
Petra Kvitova testifies in Czech Republic at trial of man who allegedly knifed her at home  Daily Mail

After the December 2016 attack in Prostejov, Kvitova had surgery lasting over four hours to injuries to her playing left hand. It took the tennis star more than five ...

Daily Mail
QUIZ: Can you identify these 10 Czech cities? - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

See how many Czech cities and towns you can name based on photos of famous landmarks and cityscapes from across the Czech Republic.

Official: Brazil to meet Czech Republic in Prague  Goal

The Brasil Global Tour will resume in March with a rematch of the 1962 World Cup final, at Eden Park Stadium in Prague on March 26.

Thailand-Czech Republic Defense Ties in the Headlines With First Prime Minister Visit  The Diplomat

Last week, Thailand hosted its first visit by a prime minister of the Czech Republic. While the trip was characterized by both sides as largely being focused on ...

The Diplomat
Apple Pay is coming to the Czech Republic next month - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Apple Pay, the popular mobile payment and digital wallet *service*, will be making its debut in the Czech Republic later next month after a few years on the market ...

Czech Republic to ban unvaccinated children from kids' groups - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Local lawmakers are currently preparing an amendment that will bar unvaccinated children from attending private schools and groups.

Czech Republic: Unemployment Rate Reached 2.2% in December  Brno Daily

The employment rate of the aged 15–64 years reached 75% in December 2018 and increased by nearly 1% compared to that in December 2017. Photo credit: ...

Brno Daily
River of plastic waste washes up in Bohemian Switzerland - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

No, these photos aren't from Asia: a river of plastic bottles and other waste has recently washed ashore in the Czech National Park.

Ministers announce steps to combat drought  Radio Prague

The Czech Republic has been hit by droughts in recent years, with large swathes of the country particularly badly affected last summer. Now a government task ...

Radio Prague
Housing prices in the Czech Republic rising twice as fast as EU average - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Housing prices in the Czech Republic rose 8.7% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018, a rate well over the 4.3 percent average across the European Union, ...

ŠKODA AUTO produced more vehicles in the Czech Republic in 2018 than ever before  Automotive World

Record: 886100 ŠKODA vehicles produced in the Czech Republic.

Automotive World
Prague among world's most romantic destinations, says TripAdvisor - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Travel website has included the Czech capital among their list of the world's 50 most romantic destinations.

Prague to celebrate 30 years of Pixar animation - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

From the early animated shorts to “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles”; across more than thirty years of development and hard work, from a small team of animation ...

Police release photography of Karel Sroubek smiling in Czech Republic despite claims his life was in danger  New Zealand Herald

Karel Sroubek can be seen smiling outside his father's shop in the Czech Republic in a photograph taken after he came into New Zealand under an assumed ...

New Zealand Herald
Establishing A Business Entity In Czech Republic | International Lawyers Network  JD Supra

1. Types of business entities Investors may choose from the following forms of corporate structure: • Limited liability company • Joint-stock company •...

JD Supra
Czech incentives scheme paying off in attracting foreign film & TV productions, film tourism  Radio Prague

Foreign filmmakers and TV crews spent nearly 5 billion crowns last year in the Czech Republic, a jump of nearly two billion crowns compared to 2017. With the ...

Radio Prague
Czech Republic to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after U.S. does the same  112 International

Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said that if the U.S. decides to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, the Czech Republic will do the same.

112 International
Brave the Czech Republic's new treetop skywalk, Europe's longest - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Now is the perfect time to explore this towering snow-covered trail in the Moravian-Silesia region.

Singapore, Czech Republic have much in common, beyond Bata  The Straits Times

Bata shoes and beer. These are two strong associations that Singaporeans have with the Czech Republic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Straits Times
Pace of motorway construction in Czech Republic 'too slow', claims NGO  Emerging Europe

Motorway construction in the Czech Republic is too slow compared to other EU member states, despite government reassurance about the huge investments ...

Emerging Europe
Upcoming Changes In Insurance Distribution - Insurance - Czech Republic  Mondaq News Alerts

On 1 December 2018 the new Insurance Distribution Act (the Act) became effective in the Czech Republic. Czech Republic Insurance Schoenherr Attorneys at ...

Mondaq News Alerts
Mamelodi Sundowns Flag Spotted All The Way In The Czech Republic  Soccer Laduma

A Mamelodi Sundowns flag was recently spotted all the way in the snow of the Czech Republic. Have you seen the images on social media?

Soccer Laduma
New Health Ministry Price Regulations for Medicinal Products  Lexology

On 1 January 2019 price regulation 1/2019/FAR1 of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic entered into effect. The regulation introduces in…

Auditors accuse tax authority of series of errors  Radio Prague

The Supreme Audit Office has highlighted a requirement imposed on corporate tax payers that may serve no purpose. For its part, the country's tax authority says ...

Radio Prague
Brazil, Czech Republic to meet in March friendly - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Brazil will meet the Czech Republic in a March friendly as part of their preparations for the Copa America. The match will ...

This Prague hostel has been named the world's best - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

It's only been open for eighteen months, but this Prague hostel has already won top worldwide honors. The RoadHouse Prague has taken the top prize in the ...

Prague named one of world's top 50 places to visit in 2019 - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Any time is a good time to visit Prague, but 2019 might be an extra-special time to see the Czech capital, according to one US publication – – and get a taste of ...

Sports News 11.2.2019  CitySpy Prague

Defending champions Czech Republic exit Fed Cup in first round; Slavia extend lead as soccer top flight resumes; Sáblíková takes yet.

CitySpy Prague
Czech Republic interested in cargo transportation via BTK  AzerNews

The Czech Republic is interested in cargo transportation via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, Marta Novakova, the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, told ...

Bill legalising gay marriage to be debated this week  Radio Prague

The Czech Republic could become the first post-communist country to legalise same sex marriage. An amendment to the country's Civil Code is set to have its ...

Radio Prague
European Commission refers Czech Republic and Slovenia to CJEU over building energy performance  Emerging Europe

The European Commission decided to refer the Czech Republic and Slovenia to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with the Energy Performance ...

Emerging Europe
Latvia and Czech Republic agree there are many issues to tackle together in EU  Baltic Times

RIGA - There are many issues Latvia and the Czech Republic have to tackle together in the European Union (EU), Latvian Ambassador to the Czech R...

Baltic Times
Czech Republic to hold a National Final for Eurovision 2020  ESCXTRA.com

CT has announced that it will hold a National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, thus confirming its intent to participate next year.

Czech Republic implements EU Trademark Directive  Lexology

The Czech Republic has implemented EU Trademark Directive No. 2015/2436 by way of amending the Czech Trademark Act No. 441/2003, effective as of 1…

Czech prime minister seeks closer trade ties with South Asia  Radio Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has set out for South Asia this week. Together with Industry Minister Marta Nováková and a delegation numbering dozens of Czech ...

Radio Prague
Deri mourns at Theresienstadt on official visit to Czech Republic  The Jerusalem Post - Israel News

"The Lord will avenge the blood of all the Jews and of all the children who were murdered," Deri wrote in the guestbook.

The Jerusalem Post - Israel News
Apple Pay set to go live in Czech Republic and Slovakia?  NFC World

Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in late February to early March, according to Seznam Zprávy and Živé… Czech Republic's two.

NFC World
Czech Republic: Four more jurors award their 12 points  ESCXTRA.com

Four former Eurovision representatives have given their 12 points in Eurovision Song CZ, Czech Republic's national selection.

Game over: Czechia no longer the 'casino of Europe', slot machine bars disappearing  Radio Prague

A decade ago, the Czech Republic had more gaming machines per capita than any other country in the European Union. But “one-armed bandits” have steadily ...

Radio Prague
Prague is Europe's 5th-cheapest holiday destination for UK tourists - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

Despite rising wages and soaring flat prices, Prague is still one of Europe's cheapest tourist destinations says the 2019 Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer.

Zeman Dubs Huawei Security Issue in Czech Republic a 'Trade War'  Sputnik International

PRAGUE (Sputnik) – Czech President Milos Zeman suggested that the situation around Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, which has been accused by ...

Sputnik International
NaFilM National Film Museum opens tomorrow in Prague - Prague, Czech Republic  Expats.cz

The first of its kind in the Czech Republic, the NaFilm Museum delivers a look at the fascinating history of cinema.

China Could Respond to Czech Republic, Poland Over Huawei Case - Pundits  Sputnik International

As expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Mikhail Belyaev has told Sputnik, the Czech Republic and Poland's support for the United States on the ...

Sputnik International
Low on vacation time, Americans want the highlights when they visit Czechia, says marketer Jiří Dužár  Radio Prague

Visit Czech Republic posts wonderful photos on social media aimed at lovers of the country and potential first-time travellers to this part of the world. In North ...

Radio Prague

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The Czech Republic ( (listen); Czech: Česká republika [ˈtʃɛskaː ˈrɛpublɪka] (listen)), also known by its short-form name, Czechia ( (listen); Czech: Česko [ˈtʃɛsko] (listen)), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.It is a developed country with an advanced, high income export-oriented social market economy based in services, manufacturing and innovation. The UNDP ranks the country 14th in inequality-adjusted human development. The Czech Republic is a welfare state with a "continental" European social model, a universal health care system, tuition-free university education and is ranked 14th in the Human Capital Index. It ranks as the 6th safest or most peaceful country and is one of the most non-religious countries in the world, while achieving strong performance in democratic governance.The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia. The Czech state was formed in the late 9th century as the Duchy of Bohemia under the Great Moravian Empire. After the fall of the Empire in 907, the centre of power transferred from Moravia to Bohemia under the Přemyslid dynasty. In 1002, the duchy was formally recognized as an Imperial State of the Holy Roman Empire along with the Kingdom of Germany, the Kingdom of Burgundy, the Kingdom of Italy, and numerous other territories, becoming the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1198 and reaching its greatest territorial extent in the 14th century. Beside Bohemia itself, the King of Bohemia ruled the lands of the Bohemian Crown, holding a vote in the election of the Holy Roman Emperor; and Prague was the imperial seat in periods between the 14th and 17th century. In the Hussite Wars of the 15th century driven by the Protestant Bohemian Reformation, the kingdom faced economic embargoes and defeated five consecutive crusades proclaimed by the leaders of the Catholic Church.Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the whole Crown of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Habsburg Monarchy alongside the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary. The Protestant Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) against the Catholic Habsburgs led to the Thirty Years' War. After the Battle of the White Mountain, the Habsburgs consolidated their rule, eradicated Protestantism and reimposed Catholicism, and also adopted a policy of gradual Germanization. This contributed to the anti-Habsburg sentiment. A long history of resentment of the Catholic Church followed and still continues. With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the Bohemian Kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire and the Czech language experienced a revival as a consequence of widespread romantic nationalism. In the 19th century, the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and were subsequently the core of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, which was formed in 1918 following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I.Czechoslovakia remained the only democracy in this part of Europe in the interwar period. However, the Czech part of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in World War II, while the Slovak region became the Slovak Republic; Czechoslovakia was liberated in 1945 by the armies of the Soviet Union and the United States. Most of the three millions of the German-speaking minority were expelled following the war. The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia won the 1946 elections and after the 1948 coup d'état, Czechoslovakia became a one-party communist state under Soviet influence. In 1968, increasing dissatisfaction with the regime culminated in a reform movement known as the Prague Spring, which ended in a Soviet-led invasion. Czechoslovakia remained occupied until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed and market economy was reintroduced. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved, with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.