Morning News: Thursday, May 18, 2023

  • The government has approved the cancellation of several resolutions from 1970-1982 that allowed Russians to use real estate in the Czech Republic free of charge, news site Deník N reported on Wednesday afternoon. This move opens up the possibility of demanding taxes and rent from Russia, even three years retroactively.


  • Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his Saxon counterpart Michael Kretschmer signed a memorandum of cooperation in Dresden on Wednesday that should make it possible to speed up approval processes for lithium mining in the Ore Mountains on both sides of the border.


  • Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says a horse of his that was kidnapped in Czechia is being returned to him. He said on social media that the stallion, which was being kept at a stable in Central Bohemia, had been abducted by Ukrainian secret service agents in cooperation with the Czech police.


  • According to a survey carried out this spring by Grafton Recruitment, 38% of Czech workers think that life is bad in the Czech Republic, and half of the respondents have had to start economising on spending due to inflation and rising prices. The survey was conducted online in February and March 2023 with 1,500 respondents.


  • Czech President Petr Pavel who is on a two-day visit to Denmark on Monday met for talks with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. They discussed security issues, migration and the protection of the EU’s outer borders as well as continued aid to Ukraine.

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