Morning News: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

  • The verdict of an independent court must be respected, PM Petr Fiala (ODS) has told CTK, responding to the ruling in the subsidy fraud trial of ex-PM Andrej Babis (ANO). Fiala added that in a democracy, the real political struggles should take place in elections, not courtrooms.


  • Shortly after being acquitted in the Stork’s Nest case, the former prime minister and presidential candidate Andrej Babiš announced at a press briefing that he will be flying to Paris on Tuesday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting will last half an hour and will be held at the Elysee Palace. Mr Babiš said that he intends to talk to him about Europe and the war in Ukraine.


  • Thirty interested parties have made a bid for Jindřišská Tower, in the centre of Prague, which the Prague Archbishopric has put up for sale for 75 million crowns. The tower is part of the historic core of the city which is on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage.


  • The influenza epidemic in the Czech Republic is still ongoing, and the morbidity rate increased by 10.5 percent in the first week of January. For every 100,000 people, doctors recorded 1956 patients suffering from acute respiratory diseases. The overall morbidity rate for influenza decreased slightly (by 3.5 percent).


  • Unemployment in the Czech Republic rose to 3.7 percent in December, stagnating at 3.5 percent for the previous three months. 271,803 people applied for jobs through the labor offices, 14,616 more than a month earlier. This is according to data released by the Czech Labour Office (ÚP ČR) on Monday.

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