Morning News: Tuesday, February 7, 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.


  • Technical regulations to limit light pollution (also known as light smog) and lower the impacts on the environment and human health will take effect in the Czech Republic in March. When installing new lighting points, both a minimum and maximum illumination level will be stipulated, both for public and non-public light sources.


  • Former communist prime minister and minister of the interior Lubomír Štrougal has died at the age of  98, the CTK news agency reported. One of the symbols of Czechoslovakia’s “normalization” period,  Štrougal was a leading member of the ruling communist party for more than 30 years. He headed the federal government for close to two decades.


  • Construction production in the Czech Republic increased by 1.9 percent year-on-year last year, compared to a 2.4 percent increase a year earlier. The growth was helped by higher output in both civil and structural engineering.


  • 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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