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Czech doctors strike for a day to pay, bureaucracy
PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of doctors across the Czech Republic have closed their clinics and offices for one day to demand higher pay and protest bureaucracy. The physicians are protesting Wednesday they won't get a pay rise from health insurers for next year, unlike their colleagues in the country's hospitals. Some doctors in outpatient clinics also joined the protest, and hundreds of pharmacies close for half an hour in a gesture of support   Read More ...
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200-year old Torah leaves Bay Area, returns home to Czech Republic
A Peninsula synagogue, which restored a 200-year-old Torah that had been seized by the Nazis during World War II, is returning to its original home in the Czech Republic. It left from San Francisco International Airport Tuesday.   Read More ...
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'Czech Trump' Andrej Babis poised to deliver latest blow to EU order
Europe's year of political upheaval isn't over. In the Czech republic, a charismatic, controversial billionaire dubbed the 'Czech Berlusconi' – and more recently the 'Czech Trump' – is poised to take power. Hot on the heels of Austria's hard shift to the right, this weekend's legislative election in the Czech Republic could be another shock to the EU which is still digesting the results in France and Germany, not to mention Brexit   Read More ...
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Media mogul seen leading in Czech election despite scandals
PRAGUE (AP) — Elections in the Czech Republic this weekend are expected to leave the European Union with yet another euroskeptic government in Central Europe. Although the country boasts one of the European Union's fastest-growing economies and lowest jobless rates, voters are fed up with corruption and with the unpopular center-left Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Of the eight parties expected to win seats in Parliament's lower house, half challenge the traditional political mainstream   Read More ...
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In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity
Photo PRAGUE — He’s a media-wise billionaire used to getting his own way, and promising to run the government like a business. He wants immigrants to stay away. And although his political positions are tricky to pin down, they are tinged with populist and muscular rhetoric. Andrej Babis, 63, who built an agribusiness and media empire in the ruins of the Soviet collapse, is the front-runner to become the Czech Republic’s new prime minister, running as the leader of a movement he created a few years ago for that very purpose   Read More ...
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Migration fears top Czech campaign despite few refugees
PRAGUE (AFP) - Migrants wearing burkas and hijabs attack a Czech pensioner, kick over her walker and dash into a building with a sign saying 'welfare benefits', leaving her lying helpless on the pavement. The staged election clip then tells Czech voters "you can choose whether to give money to our children and seniors or to Muslims and Africans". The far-right Bloc Against Islamisation, which produced the clip, is one of 31 parties running in the Czech Republic's October 20-21 general election   Read More ...
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In center of Europe, politics takes a Trumpian turn with rise of anti-immigrant billionaire
PRAGUE — The man poised to lead the Czech Republic following elections this week is a polarizing billionaire who vows to drain the swamp of this capital city’s politics, run his country like a business and keep out Muslim immigrants. He casts himself as the straight-talking voice of the common man and derives support from the country’s forgotten communities. He makes a sport of attacking the European Union and says NATO’s mission is outdated   Read More ...
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Bychkov becomes new chief director of Czech Philharmonic
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Philharmonic says Semyon Bychkov has been appointed as its new chief conductor and music director. The orchestra said Monday that Bychkov assumes his full duties at the beginning of the 2018-'19 season. Bychkov has been working occasionally with the top Czech orchestra since 2013 and replaces Jiri Belohlavek, who died earlier this year. Born in the former Soviet Union in 1952, Bychkov immigrated to the United States in 1975 and later settled in Europe   Read More ...
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Czech Republic's hot property market is becoming a problem
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's capital has the hottest residential property market in Europe, and it's becoming a problem. A 22 percent spike in prices over the past year is freezing out many locals from buying a home and the risk of a boom and bust in the market has forced the Czech Central Bank to step in to try to cool off demand   Read More ...
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Czech Republic's hot property market is becoming a problem
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's capital has the hottest residential property market in Europe, and it's becoming a problem. A 22 percent spike in prices over the past year is freezing out many locals from buying a home and the risk of a boom and bust in the market has forced the Czech Central Bank to step in to try to cool off demand   Read More ...
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Populists set to thrash traditional parties in Czech vote
PRAGUE: The Czech populist movement, ANO, led by a billionaire dubbed as the "Czech Trump", is the clear favourite in a general election on Friday and Saturday where the traditional parties are set to take a thrashing. Fraud charges. Dreadlocks   Read More ...
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Strycova sees off Rybarikova to win Linz title
Linz -- Czech Barbora Strycova beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in the final at Linz on Sunday to claim her second WTA Tour title. The 31-year-old had not won a title since her maiden success in Quebec City in 2011, but she eased to a 6-4, 6-1 victory in Austria against top seed Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this year   Read More ...
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CPC-themed books gain global attention
Xi Jinping: The Governance of China joins best-sellers at Neo-Luxor bookstore in March, when Chinese books were displayed in Prague, Czech Republic. PENG DAWEI/CHINA NEWS SERVICE. A book of anecdotes by President Xi Jinping has sold nearly 1.5 million copies in less than four months. Another book, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, has sold 6.42 million copies in 21 languages in more than 160 countries and regions, and is about to mark its third anniversary   Read More ...
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Czech election favourite Babis hard on Brussels, light on ideology
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech voters look set to hand leadership in next week's election to tough-talking billionaire Andrej Babis, a populist ready to take on Brussels but without the burden of ideology that has dragged Poland and Hungary into deep rifts with the European Union.(For a graphic on the Czech election click http://tmsnrt.rs/2vO4hPW) Drawing comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump for his anti-establishment message and former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi for his media ownership, Babis is known for an aggressive negotiating style and a sceptical view on EU integration   Read More ...
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Czech PM candidate to face secret-police trial again
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Constitutional Court ordered a lower court on Thursday to look again at claims that the man who hopes to be the Czech Republic's next prime minister collaborated with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police. The court based in the eastern city of Kosice ruled at the request of Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of Slovak-born billionaire Andrej Babis' secret-police files   Read More ...
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Court axes rulings clearing Czech PM frontrunner of past secret police links
BRATISLAVA(Reuters) - Slovakia's top court on Thursday overturned rulings by lower courts that had cleared the frontrunner to become Czech prime minister of cooperation with communist-era secret police (StB), a court spokeswoman said. Andrej Babis, who is almost certain to win a parliamentary mandate in the Oct 20-21 vote, has admitted to meetings with StB officers in the former Czechoslovakia, but insists he only discussed the country's economic interests   Read More ...
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Czech PM candidate to face secret-police trial again
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Constitutional Court has ordered a lower court to look again at claims that the man who hopes to be the Czech Republic's next prime minister collaborated with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police. The court ruled at the request of Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of billionaire Andrej Babis' secret-police files. The institute said they contain evidence that Babis was an agent   Read More ...
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(2nd LD) S. Korea to complete energy transformation road map this year
(ATTN: UPDATES with the Czech Republic delegation's visit to reactors in last two paras) By Kim Eun-jung. SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will complete an energy road map that shifts its reliance from coal and nuclear power toward natural gas and renewable energy to put more focus on public safety and technology innovation, the government said Thursday. "We will change the energy paradigm toward safe and clean future energy, reflecting global trends and public demand," Paik Un-gyu, minister of trade, industry and energy, said during a parliamentary audit   Read More ...
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Czech PM candidate to face secret-police trial again
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Slovakia's Constitutional Court has ordered a lower court to look again at claims that the man who hopes to be the Czech Republic's next prime minister collaborated with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police. The court ruled at the request of Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of billionaire Andrej Babis' secret-police files. The institute said they contain evidence that Babis was an agent   Read More ...
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VW's Skoda committed to Czech Republic, plans to add jobs
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s Czech carmaker Skoda Auto underscored its commitment to its home country on Wednesday, saying it was planning to add jobs there amid worries the business could lose some production to Germany. Skoda has become Volkswagen’s (VW) second most profitable brand in terms of operating margin and is on target for record sales in 2017. But capacity is hitting a limit and its success is causing tensions inside the German car group   Read More ...
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VW's Skoda Auto committed to Czech Republic, plans to add jobs: Skoda CEO
PRAGUE: Volkswagen's Czech carmaker Skoda Auto plans to add jobs in the Czech Republic and remains committed to the country, Skoda's Chief Executive Bernhard Maier told reporters on Wednesday amid worries the Czechs could lose some production to Germany. Reuters reported last week that Volkswagen managers and unions were seeking to curb competition from lower-cost stablemate Skoda and move some of its production to Germany, raising worries among Czech unions   Read More ...
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VW's Skoda Auto committed to Czech Republic, plans to add jobs: Skoda CEO
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s Czech carmaker Skoda Auto plans to add jobs in the Czech Republic and remains committed to the country, Skoda’s Chief Executive Bernhard Maier told reporters on Wednesday amid worries the Czechs could lose some production to Germany. Maier met on Wednesday with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. At a news conference, Sobotka said Skoda had assured him it would do the maximum not to jeopardize Czech jobs   Read More ...
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Czech leaders clash over sanctions against Russia
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has condemned the president's rejection of European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. President Milos Zeman spoke Tuesday in Strasbourg, repeating his stance against the sanctions by saying they don't work. Zeman suggested they should be replaced with a dialogue that might result in some compensation for Ukraine from Russia. He also called Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula irreversible   Read More ...
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Czech leaders clash over sanctions against Russia
PRAGUE – The Czech Republic's prime minister has condemned the president's rejection of European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. President Milos Zeman spoke Tuesday in Strasbourg, repeating his stance against the sanctions by saying they don't work. Zeman suggested they should be replaced with a dialogue that might result in some compensation for Ukraine from Russia. He also called Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula irreversible   Read More ...
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Leading Czech prime minister candidate charged with fraud
PRAGUE – The leading candidate to become the Czech Republic's next prime minister has been charged with fraud involving $2 million in European Union subsidies. Andrej Babis, a former Czech finance minister and billionaire, says that the case is politically motivated aimed at hurting his chances in this month's parliamentary election. Last month, lawmakers agreed to lift Babis' parliamentary immunity from prosecution   Read More ...
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Leading Czech prime minister candidate charged with fraud
PRAGUE (AP) — The leading candidate to become the Czech Republic's next prime minister has been charged with fraud involving $2 million in European Union subsidies. Andrej Babis, a former Czech finance minister and billionaire, says that the case is politically motivated aimed at hurting his chances in this month's parliamentary election. Last month, lawmakers agreed to lift Babis' parliamentary immunity from prosecution   Read More ...
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Trump's first wife Ivana takes 'full credit' for raising their children
President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, said she has a “direct number” to the White House, turned down the U.S. ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and takes “full credit” for raising the couple’s three children. Those are just a few of the revelations Ivana Trump, 68, made in a sit-down interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach to promote her new memoir, “Raising Trump   Read More ...
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Trump told me I could be ambassador, says Ivana
Ivana Trump, President Donald Trump's ex-wife, says she was offered the chance to become US ambassador to the Czech Republic but turned it down to preserve her globetrotting "perfect life". This article is reserved for Sunday Times A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below. Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day, Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail websites? Questions or problems? Email or call   Read More ...
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EU fair to showcase educational opportunities for Filipinos in Europe
Twenty-four higher education institutions from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom will participate in this year’s European Higher Education Fair (EHEF), the European Union said on Sunday. “Education has always been and will remain a top priority for Filipinos,” EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jensen said. “Many have found that the higher education institutions in the European Union offer opportunities beyond comparison   Read More ...
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Ivana Trump turns down ambassadorship: 'I have a perfect life'
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana Trump, said Thursday she was offered the opportunity to be ambassador to her native Czech Republic, but turned it down to preserve her "perfect life." "I was just offered to be the American ambassador to Czech Republic -- and Donald told me. He said, 'Ivana, if you want it, I give it to you,' " Trump, 68, said in a new interview with "CBS Sunday Morning   Read More ...
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EU's Juncker courts eurosceptic easterners with dinner invite
In his letter, dated Oct. 2 and addressed to the leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Juncker stressed the “paramount importance” of EU unity, strained by disputes over immigration and other issues as well as by Brexit. While Prague and Bratislava have sometimes struck a more moderate tone, Warsaw and Budapest have constantly been at loggerheads with the bloc’s executive Commission in Brussels, as well as with EU heavyweights Germany and France, over what the bloc increasingly sees as their flouting of democratic rules   Read More ...
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Czech TV tower loses its babies
The tallest building in the Czech capital Prague will be without its landmark babies for the first time in sixteen years. Then ten fibreglass babies, which went some way to improve the public's perception of the Zizkov TV tower - once dubbed the second ugliest building in the world - are now well into their teens and are being removed for cleaning and structural checks, Radio Prague reports   Read More ...
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Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts
Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there. But voter attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy after Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers in 2015   Read More ...
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Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts
VIENNA (Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there. But voter attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy after Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers in 2015   Read More ...
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Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts
VIENNA: Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there. But voter attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy after Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers in 2015   Read More ...
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Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts
VIENNA (Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there. But voter attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy after Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers in 2015   Read More ...
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Australian firm signs deal with Czechs on lithium mining
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with European Metals Holdings, a step for the Australian company toward mining lithium, a key component in electric batteries. Europe's biggest deposit of lithium has recently been found in the northwestern part of the Czech Republic. EMH has had an exclusive license to explore for the element and the right to seek permission to mine   Read More ...
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FIFA fines Germany for Nazi chants at World Cup qualifier
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA fined the German soccer federation 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) on Monday because fans chanted Nazi slogans at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic. The range of “improper conduct” charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague, FIFA said. German officials said the offensive fans did not buy tickets through official channels   Read More ...
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FIFA fines Germany for Nazi chants at 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier
FIFA fined the German soccer federation 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) on Monday because fans chanted Nazi slogans at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic. The range of ‘improper conduct’ charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague, FIFA said. German officials said the offensive fans did not buy tickets through official channels   Read More ...
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Australia's EMH signs deal to mine lithium in Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) — Australia's European Metals Holdings says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Czech Republic giving it the right to mine lithium, a key component in electric batteries. Europe's biggest deposit of lithium has recently been found in the northwestern part of the Czech Republic. EMH has had an exclusive license to explore for the element and the right to seek permission to mine   Read More ...
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