Top Czech News Headlines: Friday, January 21, 2022

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  • “The defense and foreign ministries must seek ways to support Ukraine and prevent Russia’s possible aggression”, Prime Minister Petr Fiala told journalists today. The Czech Republic is not closing its eyes before the situation at the Ukrainian-Russian border and it is alarmed at the Russian war games,” he added.

  • Discounts on transportation for students and senior citizens will be reduced from the current 75 to 50% of the fare, the government decided among other things yesterday. This change will take effect in April.

  • The Ministry of Finance lowered its estimate for economic growth this year to 3.1 percent, down from 4.1 percent in in November. At the same time, the ministry expects the inflation annual rate to reach 8.5 percent, up from a 6.1 percent it forecast in November.

  • A heavy snowstorm that hit the Czech Republic caused a multiple-car crash and completely shut down one of the major highways near Prague. Police said about 40 cars and trucks were involved, at least six people were injured. Two of them were transported by helicopters to a hospital in Prague.


  • The number of working seniors has been increasing in the long term, although the pandemic has slightly reduced their activities. Indeed, between 2010 and 2020, the number of employed people aged 60 and over rose from 260,300 to 458,800.
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