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EU prepares emergency plan to do without Russian energy

Jul. 01, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Friday pledged to draft an emergency plan this month aimed at helping member countries do without Russian energy in the wake of the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the...

Ukraine protests Russian film screening at Czech film fest

Jul. 01, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — An international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off Friday amid controversy following a protest by Ukraine over the screening of a Russian film alongside Ukrainian-made movies. Prior to the start of the 56th edition of the festival,...

Czech Republic to extend coal mining amid high demand

Jun. 30, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has decided to reverse plans to halt mining in a key black coal region to help the country safeguard its power supply amid high demand and the energy crunch prompted by the Russia's war in Ukraine. Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said Thursday that...

US, French companies to supply fuel to Czech nuclear plant

Jun. 28, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has signed deals with Westinghouse Electric Co. and France’s Framatome to deliver fuel supplies for a nuclear power plant, reducing the country’s dependence on Russia. The Czech state-controlled power company CEZ said on Tuesday that...

Czech bullet train collides with engine, 1 dead, 5 injured

Jun. 27, 2022 05:29 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A bullet train collided with an engine in a train station in northeastern Czech Republic Monday, killing one person and injuring five. Czech Railways said the accident took place early in the morning in the town of Bohumin, shortly after the departure of the Pendolino...

Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

Jun. 24, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the line for security snaking out of the...

Czech central bank raises key rate again to tackle inflation

Jun. 22, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s central bank once again raised its key interest rate significantly Wednesday as it tried to combat soaring inflation. The hike of a percentage point and a quarter brought the interest rate to 7%, the highest level since early 1999. It was the...

Russia's war on Ukraine will shape the Czech EU presidency

Jun. 15, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia's invasion of Ukraine and what Europe must do to counter the consequences of that have become the key task for the Czech Republic’s upcoming presidency of the 27-nation European Union. The Czech Republic’s motto for the six-month presidency, which it takes...

Former Czech PM loses case on secret police collaborating

Jun. 14, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis against allegations that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia’s communist-era secret police. The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia’s Institute of the Nation’s...

Czechs seize record amount of cocaine in banana shipment

Jun. 10, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A record amount of cocaine was seized in a shipment for supermarkets in the Czech Republic, police said Friday. They said 840 kilograms (1,852 pounds) of cocaine were discovered in cardboard boxes with bananas by employees in supermarkets in northern towns of Jicin...