Archive for: March, 2011

Klaus contests Havel over Libya intervention


President Vaclav Klaus has opposed the comments of his predecessor Vaclav Havel made in today’s Hospodarske Noviny that the western world should go ahead with an intervention in Libya. Klaus is against military intervention in the country, and he is the one who will be representing the Czech Republic at a special EU summit on […]

Nobody ready for Third Energy Package, but Czechs are close


Yesterday, 3 March, saw the Third Energy Package enter into force in the EU and the date by which EU countries should have their respective versions ready for transposition to national legislation, but not one country in the EU has managed to do so on time. Some countries are almost ready to present their blueprints […]

Wenger: Rosicky fit to play after mild concussion


Injury worries for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky have been put to rest as the manager announces that Rosicky is fit to play. Rosicky had to leave the pitch with an injury after being whacked with en elbow to the head in the FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient, in a […]

Trust in EU: pessimistic Czechs, optimistic Slovaks

photo (c) Tibor Macak, The Daily

Some interesting statistics came out of a recent poll on the level of trust EU citizens have in the European Union, with the Czech Republic proving to be particularly pessimistic in this respect, while its little brother Slovakia almost tops the list in terms of optimism. According to the latest survey results released by the […]

Power to the people! Czechs to get direct presidential vote

The government coalition parties have agreed through negotiations with the opposition social democrats on changing the law to allow the public to elect the Czech President directly. The announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Justice, Jiří Pospíšil, who informed that the system would most likely involve a two-round election procedure where only the top […]

Counterfeit banknotes in CR not such a problem


The Czech National Bank (CNB) has released figures showing that some 4,986 counterfeit banknotes worth a total of CZK 4.8 billion crowns were seized in 2010. The CNB says this works out at around 1 phony banknote for every 70,200 notes issued by the national mint. The figures are not so desperate, though, as the […]

British Czech-Slovak Association to hold General Meeting

Slovak Embassy, London

The British Czech and Slovak Association (BCSA) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14 April at 6.30pm in the Slovak Embassy, London The formal AGM, which is open to all members of the BCSA, will be held at the Slovak Embassy, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. The AGM agenda will include […]

Tesco gets green light to buy Zabka and Koruna oulets


The Czech anti-trust office UOHS gave the thumbs up today to the bid of Tesco to acquire around 130 retail outlets of the Czech convenience stores Zabka and Koruna from Penta Investments. Tesco made its bid in December 2010, offering around CZK 1 billion, and now has clearance to finalise the transaction. The anti-trust office […]

Czechs for military intervention in Libya if required


In an interview for Czech online news portal this week, foreign affairs minister Karel Schwarzenberg declared that the Czech Republic would be in favour of a military intervention in Libya, if necessary. Schwarzenberg admitted that the use of force is not the best way to get democracy kick-started, but that an extreme situation requires […]

Jankovsky faces corruption allegations

Paid handshake

Minister for regional development Kamil Jankovsky is being investigated over corruption allegations concerning a CZK 20 million contract that was awarded to his company Phar Service by the state-run Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM). Jankovsky has denied any crony practices or wrongdoing, even though the contract was signed just a day after he […]

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