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New Czech government dismisses mandate vaccination plan

Jan. 19, 2022 11:26 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's new government on Wednesday dismissed the previous government’s plan to require older adults and people in some professions to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The previous government, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, released an...

New Czech governing coalition wins confidence vote

Jan. 13, 2022 14:30 PM EST

The Czech Republic's new government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament on Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic and soaring inflation presenting its immediate policy challenges. Lawmakers voted 106-87 in favor of the conservative-led government, in the...

Thousands rally in Prague against vaccination mandate

Jan. 09, 2022 11:40 AM EST

Thousands of people marched through the Czech Republic's capital on Sunday to protest against compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for certain groups and professions. The protesters gathered at Wenceslas Square in central Prague to question the effectiveness of the current vaccines and...

Czech Republic to end coal use by 2033, boost nuclear power

Jan. 07, 2022 09:05 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government aims to phase out coal in energy production by 2033 while increasing the country's reliance on nuclear and renewable sources, its policy program published on Friday said. Coal-fired power plants currently generate almost 50% of total Czech...

Czech central bank again increases key interest rate

Dec. 22, 2021 11:01 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s central bank has again aggressively moved to increase its key interest rate in a continuing effort to tame soaring inflation. The 1 percentage point hike Wednesday to 3.75% was the fifth straight increase since June and was higher than expected...

Czech Republic president swears in new coalition government

Dec. 17, 2021 09:41 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A new coalition government took office in the Czech Republic on Friday, with the coronavirus pandemic and soaring inflation presenting immediate policy challenges. President Milos Zeman swore in the Cabinet at the presidential chateaux in Lany, west of Prague, ending...

Macron urges strengthening EU borders during Hungary visit

Dec. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday affirmed his commitment to strengthening the external borders of the European Union, a point of common agreement at talks he held in Hungary's capital with the leaders of the bloc's eastern nations. The summit in...

Czech president to swear in new government on Friday

Dec. 13, 2021 15:03 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The president of the Czech Republic is set to swear in the country’s new government on Friday. The prime minister-designate Petr Fiala announced President Milos Zeman’s decision to appoint his 18-member Cabinet after visiting the head of state at the presidential...

Thousands protest in Prague against COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 12, 2021 12:28 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Several thousand people marched through the Czech capital on Sunday, protesting a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for certain groups including people age 60 and over. The participants didn’t wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules despite a request by...

House committee wants trust secrecy cut after Pandora Papers

Dec. 08, 2021 14:48 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Democrats on a U.S. House committee pushed Wednesday for reducing the financial secrecy that has allowed many of the world's richest and most powerful to hide their assets in South Dakota and other trust-friendly states. During a hearing called by the...