Morning News: Monday, February 6, 2023

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research division of the Economist Group, which publishes the weekly newspaper The Economist, has increased Czechia’s ranking in its 2022 Democracy Index by four places compared to 2021.


  • A discount on insurance premiums for some part-time employees has started to apply. Employers can now claim a premium discount for those with part-time contracts of eight to thirty hours a week. The discount applies to all part-time employees who are over 55, under 21, caring for children under 10,  disabled, or newly retrained.


  • The heads of parliament of the Visegrad Four countries, comprised of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have agreed to continue their military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The topic was discussed at a meeting in Bratislava on Friday, attended by the head of the Czech Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, and the Speaker of the House, Markéta Pekarová Adamová.


  • Opposition ANO leader Andrej Babis commands the most public trust out of senior Czech politicians (45%), followed by far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) leader Tomio Okamura (43%), according to a poll conducted by the CVVM Institute at the end of last year and beginning of this year.


  • People with visible tattoos will be allowed to join the Czech military, following the signing by Chief of Staff Karel Rehka of the respective regulation yesterday. The move was announced on Facebook by chief warrant officer Peter Smik.

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