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Russia Obtained Helicopter Parts Made in the Czech Republic Even During the War, Ukrainian Newspaper Claims

The key components, essential for Russian Mi-8 military helicopters and manufactured by Czech company První brněnská strojírna (PBS) Velká Bíteš, reportedly reached Russia through intermediary companies in Kazakhstan and India following the commencement of the Ukrainian invasion. The Ukrainian news source relies on data from the NGO State Watch, suggesting that the Czech firm may have violated Eu…

Czech Army is Preparing for a Black Scenario. A War with a Nuclear-Armed Adversary

The Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, Karel Rehka, has informed commanders that the Czech army is preparing for a worst-case scenario, specifically a war involving nuclear weapons. He emphasized that relying on perpetual peace is not realistic and highlighted the growing potential for global escalation. Rehka mentioned that the Czech Republic’s membership in NATO is a significant adva…

Germany Seeks Skilled Workers from Africa with Focus on Collaboration and Return Plans

Germany aims to attract skilled workers from Africa with the promise of a future, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of smooth deportations for those who do not meet the criteria. Chancellor Olaf Scholz shared this dual perspective during the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin, highlighting Germany’s interest in fostering economic cooperation with African nations. He acknowledged the su…

Inflation in the European Union Fell to 3.6 % in October, the Czech Republic’s Second Highest

In October, the inflation rate within the European Union decreased to 3.6%, as reported by Eurostat on Friday. Among the 27 countries, the Czech Republic experienced the second-highest inflation at 9.5%, while Hungary led with the highest inflation rate of 9.6%. The Czech Statistical Office revealed that the annual inflation in the Czech Republic for October was 8.5%. Analysts noted that this fig…

Instagram Launched Paid Subscriptions for Czech Users for 240 CZK

Meta Platforms, the American internet company, is gradually introducing Instagram and Facebook subscriptions across Europe. Starting this week, residents in the Czech Republic can now avail themselves of these services. While free access remains an option, it will include advertisements. The primary distinction between paid and free access lies in the display of advertising. Subscribers paying a …

Fifteen-Year-Old Boy Shot a Classmate in the Head at a German School

In South-West Germany’s Offenburg, a 15-year-old boy fatally shot his classmate in the head at a school, succumbing to serious injuries later in the hospital. The German police, reporting on Thursday, disclosed that the suspected student had been apprehended. The motive for the attack is believed to stem from a personal dispute, according to preliminary investigations. According to information fr…

Experts: A Cocktail of Mistakes by the Czech Government May Be Behind the Cancelled Visit to Nigeria

Activist support for Israel, criticism of the UN, plus cutting aid to Africa and underestimating diplomatic contacts. According to foreign policy experts, a cocktail of mistakes by the Czech government may be behind the cancelled visit to Nigeria by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS). It may backfire on the Czech Republic, unsettle businessmen and thwart its plan to become a non-permanent member of …

Sberbank Applies for Approval to Pay CZK 57 Billion to 16 000 creditors

Jiřina Lužová, the appointed administrator overseeing the insolvency proceedings of Sberbank CZ, has submitted a request to the insolvency court seeking approval for the disbursement of CZK 57 billion to around 16,000 creditors. The proposed disbursement is intended as a partial distribution, and it is anticipated that all categories of creditors may receive 95 percent of their claims within the …

Israel Says it Captured Hamas Centre, Palestinians Say 200 People Died

The Israeli military claims to have seized a significant Hamas military facility during an overnight operation. According to Israeli reports, they have targeted 450 locations associated with the Hamas movement in the past 24 hours. However, Palestinian authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have stated that more than 200 people were killed in Israeli attacks during the same period. The Is…

The European Commission Condemns Rise in Anti-Semitism: Jews in Europe Live in Fear Again

The European Commission has expressed its concern over the resurgence of fear among Jewish communities in Europe, attributing it to the increase in anti-Semitism since the recent outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the radical Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Commission noted that the numerous signs, attacks, and demonstrations harken back to a dark historical context. “Th…

CNB Improves Estimate of this Year’s Public Finance Deficit to 3.6 % of GDP

In its latest economic projection, the Czech National Bank (CNB) has revised its estimate for this year’s public finance deficit to 3.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP), an improvement from the previous forecast in August, which had anticipated a deficit of 3.8% of GDP. The outlook for public finances is set to continue improving in the coming years, with a projected deficit of 1.6% of GDP fo…

Police Detain 60 People After Anti-Israel Protest at Makhachkala Airport

In Southern Russia, 60 individuals were apprehended following an anti-Israel demonstration that disrupted traffic at Makhachkala airport on Sunday. During the protest, nine police officers sustained injuries, with two of them hospitalized. The information is reported by Reuters, citing Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. Video footage recorded at the airport shows protesters waving Palestinian flag…

Defence Minister Jana Černochová Surprises Czech Republic with Call to Exit UN

On the Czech Republic’s national holiday, October 28, Defence Minister Jana Černochová of the ODS party made waves with her unexpected stance on the United Nations. In a social media post on the platform X, she called for the Czech Republic to withdraw from the UN, citing her dissatisfaction with the General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the context o…

After a Rocket Strike in Egypt, 500 Czech Tourists Are Now Being Evacuated

Chedok, a travel agency, is taking swift action to ensure the safety of approximately 500 Czech tourists in the Egyptian resort of Taba on the Red Sea. This proactive response comes in the wake of a rocket striking a medical facility overnight. The Czech Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Daniel Drake, conveyed this information to ČTK, a Czech news agency, and it was later affirmed by Katarína Pavl…

BIS: Russia and China Pose the Biggest Security Threats to Czechia

The Czech Republic’s primary security concern, as highlighted in the 2022 annual report from the Security Information Service (BIS), is the aggressive actions of Russia. The report underscores that Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February of the preceding year posed a significant threat. However, the BIS commended the government’s actions in reducing the number of Russian embassy perso…
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