Morning News: Friday, February 3, 2023

  • The Czech Government has decided not to extend the duration of checks at border crossings with Slovakia, and thus the checks will end on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The termination of the measure was announced on the same day by Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakušan.


  • Prague Zoo has announced the birth of a rare baby pangolin. According to the zoo’s director Pavel Bobek it is the first pangolin to be born in Europe. The new-born weighs 135 grams and appears to be healthy, but the few days will be critical, Mr. Bobek has said.


  • State-owned Czech Railways transported 157 million passengers in 2022, which represents a year-on-year increase by 30 percent. In 2019, before the outbreak of Covid, the national carrier transported 182 million passengers.


  • The Czech government yesterday supported a proposal to change elections in the Czech Republic to last only one day instead of the current two, according to CTK. The Interior Ministry noted that the Czech Republic is the last country in the European Union with two-day elections.


  • Around 60% of Czechs reported fear of some kind of threat at the end of last year, while one third said they were afraid of a war, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM polling institute. The poll was conducted in the context of soaring prices and worsening living standards.

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