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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...

Germany criticizes Czech tycoon's 257 mph Autobahn ride

Jan. 19, 2022 11:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Transport Ministry has criticized a stunt that saw a Czech millionaire drive his high-powered sportscar along a public highway at speeds of up to 414 kilometers per hour (257 mph). A video posted online this month shows Radim Passer pushing his Bugatti...

Still no deal in Czech, Poland lignite mine dispute

Jan. 18, 2022 16:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The environment ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic said Tuesday they have made progress but still need to consult on some points in solving a stalemate over a Polish lignite mine the Czech government says is harmful to its citizens who live near the countries'...

Czechs to let some workers stay on after testing positive

Jan. 14, 2022 13:28 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government will allow some workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to stay on the job, in an extraordinary measure to ease possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated surge of the omicron variant. Health Minister Vlastimil Valek said...

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...

Poland recalls ambassador to Prague over coal mine comments

Jan. 07, 2022 09:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is recalling its new ambassador to Prague after he criticized the country’s approach to a dispute with the Czech Republic over a state-run coal mine. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller wrote on Twitter late Thursday that the ambassador's...

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...

Czechs shorten COVID isolation, quarantine, due to omicron

Jan. 05, 2022 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government decided on Wednesday to cut isolation restrictions for those testing positive for COVID-19 from 14 to five days, and also similarly shortened quarantine time for close contacts of infected people. The measure will become effective Jan. 11, Health...

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...

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...