5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • The Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected Czech Katerina Simackova a new judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday. Simackova, who is now a Czech Constitutional Court judge, will replace Ales Pejchal, whose ECHR mandate expires in late October. Her nine-year mandate starts on November 1.

  • On Monday, the government approved the long-discussed increase in pension rates proposed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The average pension in the Czech Republic will increase by CZK 800 to over CZK 16,000 in 2022.

  • There are still more than 416,000 seniors over 60 who are not protected from COVID-19 either by vaccination or by having undergone the infection in the Czech Republic, according to the data of the Health Information and Statistics Institute (UZIS) dated Sept. 25 and released to CTK on Tuesday.


  • Italy’s health ministry said on Tuesday it had given the go-ahead for travel to six non-European tourist spots without the need for quarantine as a COVID-19 precaution either on arrival or return. Italians will be allowed to travel to the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt (but only Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam), Dominican Republic and Aruba on what the ministry called controlled tourist itineraries.

  • Germany’s Social Democrats, who narrowly won Sunday’s national election ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, said on Tuesday they hoped to talk to the Greens and Free Democrats later this week about forming a three-way government.

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