Top Czech News Headlines: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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  • Last year, 139,600 people died in the Czech Republic, which was the biggest number in postwar history and over 10,000 more than in 2020, the Czech Statistical Office said on its webpage today. The life expectancy fell in both men and women, CSU president Marek Rojicek said.

  • The talks on the budget for this year are to be closed at the meeting of the coalition leaders and the Czech government is to approve the budget bill next week, Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura told journalists. The coalition government wants to cut the expenditures by 80 billion crowns.

  • The opposition ANO and Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movements will not support the government amendment to the pandemic law. This is “a legislative travesty,” which the Chamber of Deputies is to approve under pressure, ANO deputy group head Alena Schillerova said about the bill.

  • Seasonally adjusted data show an unemployment rate of 2.2% in the Czech Republic in December 2021. The unemployment fell by 1.1 percentage points year-on-year.


  • Media freedom and responsibility should become one of the themes highlighted during the forthcoming Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4), the Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek, said on a visit to neighbouring Slovakia.

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