Morning News: Friday, March 31, 2023

  • The Czech Republic is expected to face a mild recession this year, with GDP falling by 0.1 percent, according to the latest OECD report. The country will also continue to struggle with high inflation, which is expected to be at 13 percent.


  • On Thursday the Senate approved sending up to 15 Czech military police officers to Ukraine as part of a multinational team investigating war crimes in the country for the International Criminal Court (ICC). They could also be deployed in The Hague, the Netherlands, where the ICC is based.


  • Czech lower house chair Marketa Pekarova Adamova (TOP 09) yesterday ended her visit to Taiwan, where she met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and PM Chen Chien-jen, and signed a memorandum on interparliamentary cooperation, according to spokesman Martin Churavy.


  • The number of teachers in nurseries and primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic has increased by around 16% in five years, to about 180,000 at the beginning of this school year, according to data from the Education Ministry provided to CTK.


  • Prague Hygiene Station warns of the high incidence of scarlet fever and angina in Prague, with up to 4 times the usual number of cases recorded among children under 9. Increased cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in affected areas is recommended, and children with symptoms should stay home from school.

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