Morning News: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • The Czech Republic is the only country in the European Union that increased its national debt year-on-year in the third quarter of last year. However, Czechia is still among the countries with the lowest national debt in the EU overall. While its debt climbed to 45.2 percent of GDP from 40.4 percent a year earlier, this number is still only a little over half the EU average.

 

  • Snowfall, freezing fog, ice, and frost will accompany the end of January, meteorologist Dagmar Honsová said. In the second half of this week, the weather will be under the influence of alternating frontal transitions, which means that it will gradually snow throughout the Czech Republic. There will be good conditions for skiing in the mountains.

 

  • Between June 2021 and June 2022, households’ energy expenditures increased by an average of 45.2 percent, and they lost more than CZK 10,000 for each member due to energy prices. The average cost per household was CZK 23,734. This results from an analysis by the Research Institute of Labour and Social Affairs (VÚPSV).

 

  • Hundreds of people gathered in the centre of Prague on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the current government. Speakers demanded the resignation of the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and advised the participants not to vote for Petr Pavel in the second round of elections to the presidency.

 

  • The wife of presidential candidate and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš has received an envelope with a bullet and an anonymous note full of insults, Mr. Babiš announced at a press conference on Saturday. Mr. Babiš said he had contacted the police, who started to investigate the matter.

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