Morning News: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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  • The Prague Municipal Court will continue proceeding the Capi hnizdo (Stork Nest) case of suspected EU subsidy fraud, in which ex-PM Andrej Babis and his former aide Jana Nagyova are charged, in the week starting on December 19, court panel chairman Jan Sott announced today. He also ordered the trial to continue on three days in January.


  • Detectives detained ten people during a raid at the Brno City Hall today, checking the activities of a particular municipal firm, prosecutor Petra Lastovecka said in a press release. The police raid was also connected with the privatisation of municipal flats and subsidy frauds committed in the territory of Brno.


  • General Petr Pavel would win the first round of the Czech presidential election with 27.7 percent of the vote if held in October and would advance to the second round with former PM Andrej Babis who would gain 23.3 percent, the Ipsos agency election model released to CTK shows today. Economist and former university rector Danuse Nerudova would end third with 16.9 percent of the vote.


  • Czech MPs are to vote on increasing this year’s state budget in a session that began on Tuesday afternoon. The bill envisages a deficit of up to CZK 375 billion, compared to the original plan of CZK 330 billion.


  • The Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša is set to become music director of the Royal Opera House in London in 2025. Mr. Hrůša will take over from Antonio Pappano at the famous venue.

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