Morning News: Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Former Czech Army Petr Pavel has won the most votes in the first round of elections to choose the next president of Czechia. Mr. Pavel (on 35.40 percent) finished just ahead of ANO leader and ex-prime minister Andrej Babiš (34.99 percent) and the two will now face one another in a second round run-off in two weeks’ time.

 

  • ANO chief Andrej Babiš was successful in the first round of voting for the Czech presidency in the same electoral districts where outgoing head of state Miloš Zeman picked up support five years ago, according to analysis by the Czech News Agency. There was 94.5 percent concurrence between their results, it said.

 

  • Rents and house prices in the EU continued to increase in the third quarter of 2022, by 2.1% and 7.4% respectively, compared with the third quarter of 2021, according to data published by Eurostat on 10 January.

 

  • Luxembourg looks likely to become the first country in the EU to legalize cannabis, including recreationally. While cannabis is decriminalised or tolerated in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic – and most EU countries currently allow some form of medical cannabis – Luxembourg is the first to pursue legalisation.

 

  • One worker was killed at a mine in the Moravian Silesian Region on Thursday following a tremor. The accident occurred at the mine ČSM-Jih operated by the company OKD at Stonava in the Karviná area.

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