Morning News: Thursday, January 10, 2023

  • Danuše Nerudová, who finished third in the first round of the presidential race and thus did not qualify for the second, has announced her support for candidate Petr Pavel. Nerudová said that she will support him verbally, publically and by providing him with her advertising spaces.

 

  • Jiri Roden (born Rosenstein), thought to have been the last living Czechoslovak pilot in Britain who served in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War Two, died last May. The news was announced today on Facebook by the Czech embassy in London, who had heard news of his death only now.

 

  • Presidential candidates Petr Pavel and Andrej Babis met yesterday morning in their first debate after the first round of the election and before the second, on the Denik.cz news server. Pavel said Babis is supported by pro-Russian groups, and Babis said Pavel is the government candidate.

 

  • Refugees from Ukraine will be able to extend their temporary protection visas in the Czech Republic by one more year. The extension means that Ukrainian refugees will now have the right to stay in Czechia until the end of March 2024. The temporary protection visa gives refugees access to public health insurance, education, and the labour market.

 

  • Firefighters in Czechia responded to 20,790 fires last year, a roughly 30 percent increase on the year before. Forest fires and wildfires accounted for almost half of these and their overall number has increased significantly – while in 2021 there were 3,588 forest and wildfires, last year there were almost three times as many.

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