5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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If your day doesn’t start until you’re up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to our new morning fix. 


  • The Czech Republic has placed 22nd on the Economic Freedom of the World Index published by Canada’s Fraser Institute, down by three spots compared to last year. At the same time, Czechia improved its overall score from last year’s 7.65 to 7.81 points.


  • A Taiwanese delegation of government officials and business people will visit Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, officials said Tuesday, defying Beijing’s opposition to any diplomatic ties with Taipei. The 65-member group will visit the three countries between October 20 and 30 to promote trade ties and investment


  • Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky has bought a stake of around 5.1% in French TV company TF1, a regulatory filing published on Tuesday showed, adding to Kretinsky’s portfolio of stakes in top companies around the world. Shares in TF1, which is aiming to merge with French TV rival M6, were up 1.4% by 0940 GMT while M6 shares were up 0.7%.



  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he was self-isolating after several members of his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, including someone he worked within close proximity and had been in close contact with all of the previous day.


  • Germany’s federal election is too close to call as the number of still undecided voters hit a record high less than two weeks before the poll, in which centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term, a survey showed on Tuesday.



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