5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerova said on Sunday she had warned the central bank against sharp rises in interest rates, prompting a swift reply from the bank’s governor, who said further increases were needed. The Czech National Bank is one of the first in the European Union to begin tightening monetary policy amid strong inflationary pressures.
  • Czechs traveled abroad this summer more than last year and over 750,000 spent their vacation in Croatia, nearly as many as before the coronavirus pandemic, which made the country the most popular Czech holiday destination.

  • Thousands of people in the Czech Republic will be in a position to receive a third round of vaccination against Covid-19 from next week as it is now at least eight months since their initial inoculation was completed. Up to 40,000 people will be informed of the possibility of a booster shot by the end of September.



  • Thousands of people including soldiers and diplomats marched peacefully through Kyiv on Sunday in an annual gay pride parade. Homophobia is widespread in Ukraine, according to a survey by the sociological group “Rating” published in August, which said 47% of respondents had a negative view of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • The Netherlands will require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test for entry to bars, restaurants, museums, theatres, and other cultural events from September 25. “We are still in a dangerous situation. Not doing this would bring great risks”, said PM Mark Rutte.
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