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In memoriam: Petr Uhl, Charter 77 co-founder, human rights activist, journalist and politician
Petr Uhl, a co-founder of the Charter 77 human rights movement along with Václav Havel and among the longest-imprisoned dissidents under the communist regime, has died at the age of 80. Although a lifelong leftist, Petr Uhl never joined the party and was among the most vocal opponents of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and the persecution of political activists. The dissident, journalist and later politician was widely respected for the courage of his convictions.

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Vaccination certificates to be valid for only nine months as of 2022
Vaccination certificates to be valid for only nine months as of 2022

Incoming education minister Petr Gazdík meets with president Zeman
Incoming education minister Petr Gazdík meets with president Zeman

Major Hollywood productions spending unseen amounts in CR
Despite the Covid situation the Czech Republic is continuing to attract major Hollywood projects. Months after shoot of The Gray Man took over Prague, Extraction 2 is currently being filmed in the country while actress Anya Taylor-Joy is set make the horror Nosferatu here, Czech Television reported.

Three Czech men convicted for assaulting Thai political refugee in Paris
Three Czech men convicted for assaulting Thai political refugee in Paris

Foreign Minister to summon Belorussian ambassador in tit-for-tat move 
Foreign Minister to summon Belorussian ambassador in tit-for-tat move 

Legendary Czech traveller Miroslav Zikmund has died aged 102
Legendary Czech traveller Miroslav Zikmund has died aged 102

Bookfeeding Project offers more than books to disadvantaged communities worldwide
The Bookfeeding Project is an association aimed at establishing educational hubs and libraries in disadvantaged communities worldwide. Although it has an impressive network of libraries and community centres it is driven by big dreams and a strong, selfless desire to help. I spoke to its co-founder Alena Machálková about how the project works, what it has achieved and her hopes for the future.  

PM: Healthcare system can handle Covid but lacks thousands of staff
PM: Healthcare system can handle Covid but lacks thousands of staff

21,126 new Covid cases recorded Wednesday, rise on previous week
21,126 new Covid cases recorded Wednesday, rise on previous week

Communist-era dissident Petr Uhl dies at 80
Communist-era dissident Petr Uhl dies at 80

Head of Belarusian FA expelled from Czech Republic
Head of Belarusian FA expelled from Czech Republic

Justice minister nominee Blažek denies being investigated by police
Justice minister nominee Blažek denies being investigated by police

Judo champion Krpálek in with chance of third Sportsperson of Year gong
Judo champion Krpálek in with chance of third Sportsperson of Year gong

New exhibition brings together Czech and Japanese blue-dyeing tradition
A new exhibition focusing on the indigo blue-dyeing tradition in the Czech Republic and Japan is currently underway at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Called Fashion in Blue, it presents the genesis of the blueprint technology in the East and West and examines how it is used in contemporary fashion and art.

To infinity and beyond! Czechs developing thermal switch for missions to Mars, the Moon, deep space
Special equipment now being developed at the Brno University of Technology should soon help ensure the success of deep space missions. The researchers have created a thermal switch that can regulate heat in probes or satellites. While that may sound simple, temperatures vary drastically in space. If a single electronic part overheats - or cools – it can jeopardise an entire mission.

Covid situation means Škoda Auto lacking up to a quarter of staff
Covid situation means Škoda Auto lacking up to a quarter of staff

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Czech Lions to be held at Rudolfinum on March 5
Czech Lions to be held at Rudolfinum on March 5

CzechDeck playing cards (not just) for expats feature local tips, useful phrases, fun facts
Alysa Yamada has been living in Prague for almost eight years now. Like many young American arrivals, she first landed work teaching English. She later got into website copywriting and UX writing – and now has launched Czech Deck, a set of playing cards illustrating some of her favourite aspects of Czech culture, along with “fun facts”, day-trip ideas and some key language phrases.

Covid vaccines for children to arrive earlier than previously announced
Covid vaccines for children to arrive earlier than previously announced

Nearly 22,000 new Covid cases, fifth highest one-day tally, recorded Tuesday
Nearly 22,000 new Covid cases, fifth highest one-day tally, recorded Tuesday

Radio Prague's Monthly Quiz
Test your knowledge of things Czech!

Court acquits former Public Affairs chief Bárta over wiretap leaks
Court acquits former Public Affairs chief Bárta over wiretap leaks

Jiří Srnec, founder of legendary Black Light Theatre dies at 90
Theatre director, stage designer and composer Jiří Srnec, founder of the legendary Black Light Theatre, has died in Prague at the age of 90. His unique theatrical group celebrated its first success in 1962 at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and has since become famous all around the world.

Czech textile artist takes part in award-winning Red Dress project
Czech textile artist Blanka Kolková is one of more than 300 embroiderers from all around the world, who have taken part in the British award-winning Red Dress Project. It was conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod with the aim to provide artistic platform for women the world over, many of whom are marginalised or live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery.

Minister rejects Prague mayor’s call to lift ban on Christmas markets
Minister rejects Prague mayor’s call to lift ban on Christmas markets

No city fireworks or videomapping planned for Prague January 1
No city fireworks or videomapping planned for Prague January 1

Incoming arts minister Baxa meets Zeman as part of talks series
Incoming arts minister Baxa meets Zeman as part of talks series

Fiala and Babiš back plan to administer million third jabs in week
Fiala and Babiš back plan to administer million third jabs in week

Outgoing and incoming governments at odds over mandatory vaccination as Covid numbers soar
As Covid numbers continue to rise, the Czech Health Ministry is pushing for mandatory Covid vaccination for selected professions and people over 60, to be introduced as of next March. The announcement has sparked fierce controversy between the incoming and outgoing administration on how to prevent the epidemic from spiraling out of control.  

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Recorded Covid deaths in Czech Republic now over 33,000
Recorded Covid deaths in Czech Republic now over 33,000

Chief hygiene officer tightens Covid testing rules
Chief hygiene officer tightens Covid testing rules

Health minister wants compulsory vaccination for selected groups of the population
Health minister wants compulsory vaccination for selected groups of the population

‘Invisible synagogues’: Czech artist captures blank spaces where Jewish houses of worship once stood
A century ago, some 400 synagogues stood in what is today the Czech Republic. Scores were destroyed in the lead-up to the Second World War, after Nazi Germany occupied the Sudetenland border region, and scores more during the conflict itself. Even more disappeared under the decades of communist rule that followed. A unique project by the Pardubice-based photographer Štěpán Bartoš, entitled Invisible Synagogues, seeks to document all the “blank spaces” left behind.

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President Zeman speaks out in favour of mandatory vaccination
President Zeman speaks out in favour of mandatory vaccination

Fiala appointed PM – but what next on path to new government?
President Miloš Zeman appointed Petr Fiala prime minister on Sunday, seven weeks after general elections. Now the head of state says he will spent another fortnight meeting Mr. Fiala’s cabinet nominees – with a clash likely over the candidate for the foreign affairs portfolio. I discussed what happens next, as well as the protracted nature of the process, with political scientist, Jiří Pehe.

Jozef Sikela of Erste Group is new candidate for post of trade and industry minister
Jozef Sikela of Erste Group is new candidate for post of trade and industry minister

Czech chief hygiene officer tests positive for Covid
Czech chief hygiene officer tests positive for Covid

Snow covers Moravian pilgrimage spot
The first notable snows of this winter have arrived in Moravia. Pictured is a snow-covered Baroque statue in front of the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary at Svatý Kopeček, a pilgrimage spot near Olomouc.

The Puppet Museum Pilsen
The west Bohemian town of Pilsen is known around the world for its beer, but it is also the cradle of Czech puppetry. Its rich history, linked to the legendary Czech puppeteers Josef Skupa and Jiří Trnka, is mapped by the local Museum of Puppets. It is part of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen and can be found on the city’s main square.  

Record number of Covid cases on a Sunday
Record number of Covid cases on a Sunday

Everyone can register for booster shot, those over 60 eligible after 5 months
Everyone can register for booster shot, those over 60 eligible after 5 months

President Zeman starts talks with nominees to ministerial posts
President Zeman starts talks with nominees to ministerial posts

National Reference Laboratory confirms first case of Omicron on Czech territory
National Reference Laboratory confirms first case of Omicron on Czech territory

Thousands protests against Covid measures in Prague
Thousands protests against Covid measures in Prague

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Prime Minister Fiala thanks citizens for getting inoculated
Prime Minister Fiala thanks citizens for getting inoculated

Czech health minister confirms testing positive for Covid
Czech health minister confirms testing positive for Covid

Czech authorities dealing with first case of Omicron strain
Czech authorities dealing with first case of Omicron strain

New Czech prime minister appointed amid Covid epidemic, energy crisis and soaring inflation
President Miloš Zeman appointed Civic Democrat leader Petr Fiala to the post of prime minister at Lany chateau on Sunday. The appointment ceremony, in which the two men were divided by a Plexiglas wall, was arranged so as to meet strict hygiene norms after President Zeman tested positive for Covid on Thursday.

Samková wins inaugural snowboard race of new season
Samková wins inaugural snowboard race of new season

Covid numbers see slight drop on Saturday
Covid numbers see slight drop on Saturday

Petr Fiala appointed new Czech prime minister
Petr Fiala appointed new Czech prime minister

November 28, 1931: construction work begins on the Barrandov film studios
On November 28, 1931 construction work started on the Barrandov Film Studios which were to become one of the biggest and most modern studio facilities in Europe. Over the years they have been the location of choice for the production of more than 2,500 Czech and international films and offer a network of highly-skilled English-speaking crews, trained to Hollywood standards.  

2021 Czech Nightingale winners
This year’s Czech Nightingales saw Ewa Farna win her first ever Nightingale award for best female singer, with the best male signer award going to Marek Ztracený, who was also voted the overall Czech Nightingale winner of 2021. Voters chose 23-year-old Michal Horák as this year’s Czech music discovery. Meanwhile the four-man grouping Mirai won the Nightingale for best band. Horrorcore rapper Řezník, known for his violent lyrics, received the Nightingale in the Hip Hop & Rap category.  We will look at their music in this week’s Sunday Music Show.

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Meteorologists issue snow warning for Sunday
Meteorologists issue snow warning for Sunday

Czech Post presents 2021 Christmas stamp
Czech Post presents 2021 Christmas stamp

Czech Republic may have first case of Omicron strain
Czech Republic may have first case of Omicron strain

President Zeman released from hospital, will appoint new PM Sunday
President Zeman released from hospital, will appoint new PM Sunday

Hygiene officers and police monitoring adherence to newly-imposed restrictions
Hygiene officers and police monitoring adherence to newly-imposed restrictions

Slight drop in Covid cases on Friday, but hospitalizations continue to rise
Slight drop in Covid cases on Friday, but hospitalizations continue to rise

Alexander Dubček – the smiling leader of the Prague Spring
This Saturday marks the centenary of the birth of Alexander Dubček, one of the most charismatic leaders of 20th century Czechoslovakia who led the country during the Prague Spring. A Communist Party loyalist, Dubček is seen today largely as a tragic figure, who caved in to Soviet demands following the 1968 Invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Czech Republic imposes travel restrictions on people returning from some African states
Czech Republic imposes travel restrictions on people returning from some African states

“We are standing on one leg” – leading business representatives want to transform Czech economy
On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, 32 leading representatives of Czech business, including top figures within Škoda Auto, Avast and ČEZ, signed a four-page declaration last week that urges a “second economic transformation” for the Czech Republic. To find out more about what such a transformation would entail and whether it has garnered any feedback, I spoke to one of the signatories – the Vice President of the Czech Confederation of Industry Radek Špicar.

Study: Czechs becoming increasingly charitable
Czechs are becoming increasingly generous in giving to charity, suggests a new poll carried out by the Ipsos agency for the Association of Social Responsibility, a Czech corporate and social responsibility NGO.

State of emergency: sidelined by Covid, Czech president delays swearing-in a new prime minister
President Miloš Zeman is back in hospital. Hours after being discharged on Thursday – following six weeks of treatment for an undisclosed illness – he tested positive for Covid-19. The bitter irony is that his infection has further delayed the swearing in of a new prime minister, whose urgent priority is to bring the pandemic under control.

 Pilsen Museum of Puppets maps the rich history of the Czech puppetry tradition
The west Bohemian town of Pilsen is known around the world for its beer, but it is also the cradle of Czech puppetry. Its rich history, linked to the legendary Czech puppeteers Josef Skupa and Jiří Trnka, is mapped by the local Museum of Puppets It is part of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen and can be found on the city’s main square.

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Rohlik.cz and Košík.cz reach out to small farmers and entrepreneurs hit by ban on Christmas markets
Rohlik.cz and Košík.cz reach out to small farmers and entrepreneurs hit by ban on Christmas markets

Former football boss sent to six years in jail for abuse of sports subsidies
Former football boss sent to six years in jail for abuse of sports subsidies

Prime minister designate Petr Fiala says he is ready to take over responsibility for the country
Prime minister designate Petr Fiala says he is ready to take over responsibility for the country

Nationwide state of emergency in force
Nationwide state of emergency in force

President Zeman to appoint Petr Fiala prime minister on Sunday
President Zeman to appoint Petr Fiala prime minister on Sunday

Record number of new Covid cases registered in Czechia on Thursday
Record number of new Covid cases registered in Czechia on Thursday

Czech government declares state of emergency
Czech government declares state of emergency

First Pfizer vaccine doses for children could arrive in Czechia on December 20
First Pfizer vaccine doses for children could arrive in Czechia on December 20

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Vatican approves beatification process of Jesuit priest Stredonius
Vatican approves beatification process of Jesuit priest Stredonius

MEPs urge Czechia to ratify Istanbul Convention
MEPs urge Czechia to ratify Istanbul Convention

Green machine: Škoda unveils first E’City fully electric bus destined for Prague
The Czech engineering company Škoda Transportation unveiled its new electric bus at a regional trade fair this week. The first of their environmentally friendly Škoda E’City buses – which emit no Co2 or other harmful substances – are due to begin service in Prague in the new year.

Czech police colonel Šárka Havránková not elected head of Interpol  
Czech police colonel Šárka Havránková not elected head of Interpol  

Czech President Miloš Zeman released from hospital
Czech President Miloš Zeman released from hospital

Nineteen Covid patients from Brno hospitals being transported to Prague
Nineteen Covid patients from Brno hospitals being transported to Prague

Deniers and antivaxxers undermining efforts to curb soaring Covid numbers in Czechia
As the Covid epidemic in the Czech Republic gathers force the outgoing government is scrambling to  try to curb the soaring numbers and protect the health system from  collapsing under the strain. In addition to the problem of a political change-of-guard in the midst of the fifth wave of the pandemic, the task of keeping the epidemic under control is further complicated by a large number of deniers and antivaxxers.

Incoming government loses industry minister candidate after conflict of interest allegations
Incoming government loses industry minister candidate after conflict of interest allegations

Wednesday saw number of new Covid cases fall, but hospitalisations still rising
Wednesday saw number of new Covid cases fall, but hospitalisations still rising

Government to accept more anti-Covid measures on Thursday
Government to accept more anti-Covid measures on Thursday

President Zeman to leave hospital on Thursday, Seznam Zprávy reports
President Zeman to leave hospital on Thursday, Seznam Zprávy reports

Škoda Auto CEO: Company would have reached record production numbers if not for chip shortage
Škoda Auto CEO: Company would have reached record production numbers if not for chip shortage

Prague's Stolpersteine: new book pays tribute to Prague Nazi victims
A new book, paying tribute to victims of the Nazi regime who have a Stolperstein (stumbling stone) in their memory placed somewhere in Prague, is being launched on Wednesday. Titled Prague's Stolpersteine - Stumbling Stones - Defiant in Their Memory, it is the work of Prague-based Briton Trevor Sage, who has been looking after the city’s stumbling stones for more than six years.  

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Some Prague Christmas markets will open to visitors despite worsening pandemic
Preparations for Christmas are helping to dispel some of the doom and gloom surrounding the worsening coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic. Despite tightened Covid restrictions, aimed predominantly against unvaccinated groups of the population, some Christmas markets will take place this year and a 22-metre tall spruce has arrived on Old Town Square to be set up and decorated in time for the first weekend of Advent.

Record number of new Covid cases registered in Czechia on Tuesday
Record number of new Covid cases registered in Czechia on Tuesday

1989 Around the World
As if in self-referential meta-humour, I’ve always appreciated the fact that the name of the holiday for November 17 - the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day - is a reflection of the long and arduous struggle for freedom and democracy itself. It rolls right off the tongue!

Replica, copy, imitation, forgery? National Gallery in Prague invites visitors to find the fakes
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness,” the great Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde once quipped. But what about exact copies? Aren’t imitations of great works of art, in and of themselves great works of art? That is the central question behind a new exhibition of phenomenal forgeries at the National Gallery in Prague.

Czech Constitutional Court Judge Kateřina Šimáčková awarded French Legion of Honour
Czech Constitutional Court Judge Kateřina Šimáčková awarded French Legion of Honour

Prague City Hall announces limitations on this year's Christmas markets
Prague City Hall announces limitations on this year's Christmas markets

Several regional governors want to limit mass events as epidemic worsens
Several regional governors want to limit mass events as epidemic worsens

Incoming Czech government presents its plan to tackle coronavirus epidemic
Incoming Czech government presents its plan to tackle coronavirus epidemic

Police chief warns force could lose officers due to mandatory vaccination order
Police chief warns force could lose officers due to mandatory vaccination order

Czech PM slams Lukashenko regime for humanitarian crisis on Polish-Belarussian border
Czech PM slams Lukashenko regime for humanitarian crisis on Polish-Belarussian border

Army chief sees future in modern technologies, stresses need to continue defence procurment
The future of the Czech Army lies in cutting edge technologies and a new way of thinking about the battlefield domain, Chief of the General Staff Aleš Opata said at the Army’s annual meeting of commanders on Tuesday. The chief of staff praised the nascent government’s plans to continue increasing defence spending towards the 2 percent of GDP target and the largescale procurements of equipment made over the past two years. However, he also stressed the need to complete the acquisition of new armoured personnel carriers.

Writer Bohumil Hrabal’s holiday home to be turned into exhibition space
The holiday home of the late Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal in Kersko, just 30 kilometres east of Prague, could soon be turned into an exhibition space. Plans for its use were presented on Monday by representatives of the Central Bohemian Region and the museum of Polabí.

President and PM say Czech Republic ready to help deal with migrant crisis on Polish-Belarus border
President and PM say Czech Republic ready to help deal with migrant crisis on Polish-Belarus border

BIS warns of growing activities of Iranian, Russian and Chinese agents
BIS warns of growing activities of Iranian, Russian and Chinese agents

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Avian flu reappears in South Bohemia
Avian flu reappears in South Bohemia

IMF downgrades economic growth forecast for Czech Republic
IMF downgrades economic growth forecast for Czech Republic

Nation-wide state of emergency will not be declared for time being
Nation-wide state of emergency will not be declared for time being

Government considering mandatory vaccination for seniors and people in high-risk professions
Government considering mandatory vaccination for seniors and people in high-risk professions

Violinist Pavel Šporcl, conductor Jakub Hrůša, pianist Ivo Kahánek nominated for ICMA awards
Violinist Pavel Šporcl, conductor Jakub Hrůša, pianist Ivo Kahánek nominated for ICMA awards

Covid-19: seven-day incidence rate of new cases remains over 1,000 per 100k
Covid-19: seven-day incidence rate of new cases remains over 1,000 per 100k

Prague Zoo announces birth of Silvery Gibbon cub, an endangered species
Prague Zoo announces birth of Silvery Gibbon cub, an endangered species

Czech utility ČEZ buying RWE’s solar PV plant developer Belectric
Czech utility ČEZ buying RWE’s solar PV plant developer Belectric

Prague centre for victims of sexual violence planned
Prague centre for victims of sexual violence planned

Hungary Today

Gov’t Extends National Vaccination Drive

The government has decided to add another week to the national vaccination drive now under way, the prime minister’s chief of staff said at a regular press conference on Thursday. Gergely Gulyás said that changes to the validity of vaccination certificates with regard to the holder’s having received a booster jab are being considered. Gulyás […]

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Sensational: Remains of Hungarian King Andrew I Identified in Tihany

The staff of the Research Center for the Humanities has reported a sensational find: the remains of the former Hungarian King Andrew I and his family were identified in the abbey of Tihany on Lake Balaton, which he founded. This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar. Although King […]

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FM Szijjártó to Russia Today: West “Hypocritical” Regarding Russia and China

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó gave a thirty-minute interview to the Russian state-backed Russia Today TV‘s program, Worlds Apart. He talked about several topics, including vaccination, migration, democracy. Hungary and the European Union The interview by Russian reporter, Oksana Boyko, started with the same topic that the Hungarian Foreign Minister talked about recently to CNN as […]

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Justice Minister: Advocate General’s Proposal ‘Not the Verdict, Just an Opinion’

The opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union that the court should dismiss the action brought by Hungary and Poland against the so-called rule-of-law conditionality regulation is “not the verdict, just an opinion”, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Thursday. Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post […]

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Hungary, Poland Suit Against Rule-of-law Conditionality ‘Should Be Dismissed,’ ECJ Advocate General Says

Campos Sánchez-Bordona, the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice, on Thursday issued an opinion that Hungary and Poland’s suit against the European Union decision to tie EU funding to rule-of-law conditions “should be dismissed”. The conditionality decision is in line with EU law and the principle of legal certainty, Sanchez-Bordona said in the opinion […]

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Seit Monaten Eiertanz um Hunde in Tierpension
Vierbeinern ein Zuhause für eine bestimmte Zeit bietet Eleonore Schandl in ihrer Tierpension in Draßmarkt (Burgenland). Die Kunden sind dankbar, dass sie ihre Lieblinge etwa während eines Urlaubs hier unterbringen können. Einzelne nutzen das Angebot aber aus: Ein Hundebesitzer brachte zwei Schäfer vorbei und holte sie nicht mehr ab.

Niederösterreich erhält zusätzliche Pfizer-Vakzine
Die Prognosen waren eindeutig: Noch vor Weihnachten wären die Pfizer-Impfstoffe in Niederösterreich zur Mangelware geworden. Vor mehreren Wochen wurden aus der NÖ-Landespolitik daher bereits Rufe nach zusätzlichen Lieferungen laut. Am Donnerstag konnte Vollzug gemeldet werden!

Volle Spitäler durch starke RSV-Welle bei Kindern
Besonders Babys und Kleinkinder sind in diesem Herbst sowohl früher als sonst als auch stärker von RSV-Infektionen betroffen und müssen in Kliniken stationär behandelt werden. Was Eltern tun können.

22 Schmuckstücke aus Einfamilienhaus gestohlen
22 wertvolle Armreife, Ringe und Uhren erbeuteten unbekannte Täter im Wiener Bezirk Hernals. Sie stiegen in ein Haus ein, als niemand daheim war. Experten raten zu Sicherheitsschlössern!

Wetter-Mix am Wochenende, dann Sonne und Frost
Ein Mix aus Wolken, Schnee und Regen steht uns am Wochenende in vielen Landesteilen bevor. Vereinzelt zeigt sich jedoch auch die Sonne. Es bleibt kühler als zuletzt. Die neue Woche startet dann mit mehr Sonnenschein, jedoch auch Frost.

Merkel verkündete Lockdown für Ungeimpfte
Wenige Tage vor der Amtsübergabe hat die deutsche Noch-Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel den Lockdown für Ungeimpfte verkündet. Die Regierungschefin sprach angesichts sehr hoher Infektionszahlen von einem „Akt der nationalen Solidarität“. Zutritt zum Einzelhandel sowie zu Einrichtungen und Veranstaltungen der Kultur- und Freizeitgestaltung werden inzidenzunabhängig nur noch für Geimpfte und Genese (2G) gestattet sein.

USA weltweit größter Verursacher von Plastikmüll
Die USA sind einer US-Studie zufolge die größten Verursacher von Plastikmüll weltweit. Insgesamt produzierten die USA im Jahr 2016 rund 42 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoffabfälle - rund doppelt so viel wie China und mehr als alle damals noch 28 Länder der Europäischen Union zusammen. 

Macron soll Johnson als „Clown“ bezeichnet haben
Der französische Präsident Emmanuel Macron ist offenbar sehr erzürnt darüber, wie der britische Premier in der Flüchtlings-Problematik im Ärmelkanal verhält. In einer privaten Konversation machte er laut einem Politmagazin seinen Ärger über Boris Johnson Luft: „Es ist traurig zu sehen, dass ein großes Land, mit dem wir viele Dinge tun könnten, von einem Clown angeführt wird.“

Italien startet noch heuer mit Impfung von Kindern
Italien beginnt demnächst, Kinder im Alter von fünf bis elf Jahren gegen Corona zu impfen. Ab dem 16. Dezember können Angehörige dieser Altersgruppe immunisiert werden. 1,5 Millionen Dosen für Kinder stehen im Dezember zur Verfügung. Mehr als 87 Prozent der Italiener über zwölf Jahren sind mindestens einmal geimpft, bis Mittwoch wurden über sechs Millionen Auffrischungsdosen verteilt.

Kanzlerfrage: Jetzt alle Zeichen auf Nehammer
Jetzt soll alles sehr schnell gehen: Nach Informationen der „Krone“ wird Innenminister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) mit an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit schon morgen als neuer Bundeskanzler und Nachfolger von Alexander Schallenberg designiert. Auch Grüne und Landeshauptleute seien an Bord, heißt es von Insidern. Vizekanzler Werner Kogler erklärte bereits, er habe mit Nehammer eine „hervorragende Arbeitsbasis“.

ÖVP dankt Kurz für Einsatz und beklagt „Verlust“
Die ÖVP hat am Donnerstag ihrem scheidenden Obmann Sebastian Kurz großen Respekt gezollt. Die Bünde und die Landesparteien würdigten seine Leistungen und sprachen ihm ihren Dank aus. Der oberösterreichische Landeshauptmann Thomas Stelzer wollte zwar noch keinen Namen nennen, plädierte aber dafür, dass der künftige ÖVP-Chef auch die Kanzler-Rolle übernehmen solle. Für den Steirer Hermann Schützenhöfer war die Entscheidung „unausweichlich“.

Kurz hat Anspruch auf mehr als 11.000 € im Monat
Nach seinem vollständigen Abgang aus der Innenpolitik verliert Sebastian Kurz zwar sein Gehalt als Klubobmann (rund 15.100 Euro) - allerdings nur zum Teil und nicht sofort. Er hat Anspruch auf sechs Monate Gehaltsfortzahlung. Leistung müsste er dafür keine mehr erbringen. 

„Grüne Regierungsmannschaft bleibt die gleiche“
Vizekanzler Werner Kogler hat am Donnerstag großen Respekt für die Entscheidung von Sebastian Kurz, sich aus der Politik zurückzuziehen, bekundet. Für die Grünen ändert das allerdings nichts: „Die grüne Regierungsmannschaft werde mit Sicherheit die gleiche bleiben“, betonte Kogler.

Kurz-Rückzug: Doskozil fordert nun Neuwahlen
Mit dem kompletten Rückzug von Ex-Kanzler Sebastian Kurz aus der Politik sind offenbar auch die Tage von Kanzler Alexander Schallenberg gezählt. Es gibt bereits Gerüchte, wonach Innenminister Karl Nehammer den Obmann-Posten bei der ÖVP und gleichzeitig auch das Kanzleramt übernehmen soll. So einen fliegenden Wechsel lehnt der burgenländische Landeshauptmann Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) ab. Er fordert Neuwahlen.

Kurz: Politischer Wunderknabe geht in Politpension
Beim Abgang bricht Sebastian Kurz noch einen Rekord: Der 35-Jährige ist nun auch der jüngste zurückgetretene ÖVP-Chef aller Zeit. Zermürbt von den Ermittlungen der Justiz, frustriert vom erzwungenen Rückzug als Kanzler und belebt durch die Geburt seines Sohnes Konstantin macht der einst als Wunderknabe Gefeierte nach einem Jahrzehnt mit der Politik Schluss. Sollte sein Rücktritt tatsächlich ein Abschied für immer sein, geht damit eine erstaunliche Karriere zu Ende. Persönlich beginnt für Kurz ein neues Kapitel, das des Familienvaters: „Bei der Geburt meines Sohnes ist mir klargeworden, wie viel Schönes es auch außerhalb der Politik gibt.“

Den heimischen Bäckern geht das Weizenmehl aus
Die Bäcker und Mühlenbetreiber schlagen Alarm: Ihnen fehlt der Weizen. Soll weiter eine Produktion aus regionaler Produktion und entsprechend den AMA-Richtlinien erfolgen, müsse es einen Exportstopp geben. Landwirtschaftsministerin Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) verwies am Donnerstag auf die Regeln der Marktwirtschaft. Man müsse es den Landwirten zugestehen, dass sie versuchen zum besten Preis zu verkaufen. Es würden aber Gespräche mit allen Betroffenen geführt.

Hörl: „Einhalten, was uns allen versprochen wurde“
Geht der generelle Lockdown in die Verlängerung, oder endet er - zumindest für Geimpfte und Genesene - wie zunächst geplant mit 12. Dezember? Geht es nach dem wortgewaltigen Tiroler Wirtschaftsbundobmann NR Franz Hörl (ÖVP), ist diese Frage rasch beantwortet: „Das, was uns am Achensee so vollmundig versprochen wurde, muss nun auch eingehalten werden.“

Mahrer fordert Ende des „skandalösen“ Lockdowns
Wirtschaftskammer-Präsident Harald Mahrer pocht auf eine Öffnung aller Branchen nach Ende des Lockdowns. „Die Politik muss Wort halten“, erklärte er in einer Pressekonferenz und sparte dabei nicht an Kritik an den Corona-Maßnahmen. Es sei „skandalös und ein Drama, dass Betriebe geschlossen haben, die nachweislich nicht zum Infektionsgeschehen beitragen“. Der Lockdown sei unsachlich und es würden Gruppen gegeneinander ausgespielt.

EU-Länder wollen anonyme Bitcoin-Wallets verbieten
Die EU-Staaten haben sich auf ihre Position für neue Transparenzregeln bei Überweisungen mit Kryptowährungen geeinigt. So sollen Transfers von Kryptowerten wie Bitcoin vollends nachverfolgt werden können, wie am Mittwoch aus einer Mitteilung der EU-Länder hervorging. Anonyme digitale Geldbörsen - sogenannte Wallets - sollen verboten werden.

Sieben Dino-Fossilien unweit von Triest entdeckt
Nahe der italienischen Hafenstadt Triest haben Forscher sieben Dinosaurier-Fossilien entdeckt. Die versteinerten Überreste der Dinos, von denen ein Exemplar praktisch vollständig ist, wurden von einem internationalen Team unter der Leitung des Experten Federico Fanti von der Universität Bologna analysiert. Es handelt sich um die Gattung Tethyshadros insularis, einen Pflanzenfresser, der vor 80 Millionen Jahren lebte.

WHO: Genesene können sich mit Omikron infizieren
Wer eine Coronavirus-Infektion bereits überstanden hat, ist nicht vor einer neuerlichen Ansteckung mit der neuen Virusvariante Omikron geschützt - diese Einschätzung teilte die Weltgesundheitsorganisation am Donnerstag mit. Diese Warnung stütze sich auf erste Beobachtungen, da die Variante erst vor einer Woche nachgewiesen wurde.

Wien hält an Stadtstraße fest, Aktivisten bleiben
Die erteilte Absage für den Bau des Lobautunnels in Wien sorgt auch weiterhin für Kritik: Am Donnerstag tat auch Wiens Verkehrsstadträtin Ulli Sima (SPÖ) ihrem Ärger kund. Zudem bekräftigte sie, dass die Stadtstraße in der Donaustadt jedenfalls gebaut werde. In einer ersten Reaktion kündigten Aktivisten und Besetzer der Baustellenareale weiter Widerstand an, auch gegen den Bau der Stadtstraße.

Demonstranten versammelten sich vor der „Krone“
Mit Trillerpfeifen und Plakaten ausgestattet haben sich am Donnerstag rund 40 Demonstranten vor dem Gebäude der Kronen Zeitung in Wien versammelt. „Lügenpresse - es reicht!“, stand etwa auf den Schildern, die die Teilnehmer teils auch um den Hals trugen. Ex-Politiker und Anti-Corona-Maßnahmen-Aktivist Martin Rutter war ebenfalls vor Ort.

Antwort aus Schwechat: Stadt wird Kurzparkzone
Der Wettlauf gegen das Wiener Parkpickerl treibt auch die Stadtgemeinde Schwechat, Bezirk Bruck an der Leitha, vor sich her. Ab 1. März 2022 wird das Stadtgebiet zur Kurzparkzone. Die neue „Grüne Zone“ sorgt nicht nur für Jubelstürme in der Bevölkerung, Bürgermeisterin Karin Baier sieht aber keinen anderen Ausweg

Filiale soll bald automatisch für Nachschub sorgen
Ein so genannter Personal-Shopper übernimmt den Einkauf und stellt ihn zum gewünschten Zeitpunkt zu - dieses Angebot macht Hofer in Kooperation mit der Online-Plattform Roksh seinen Kunden seit kurzem in Wien. Ein erster Schritt des Lebensmitteldiskonters mit Sitz in Sattledt Richtung Online-Handel.

BFI-Kalender zeigt die vielen Gesichter der Pflege
Die Pandemie hat Menschen im Pflege- und Gesundheitsbereich viel abverlangt. Besonders die Schattenseiten der systemrelevanten Berufe sind dabei in den letzten zwei Jahren zu Recht in aller Munde gewesen. Doch Pflege ist mehr als das: Das wollte das BFI Burgenland gemeinsam mit dem Initiator Thomas Werchota in einem gemeinnützigen Kalender zum Ausdruck bringen.

„Wiesen lacht, Wiesen staunt“ als neue Eventserie
Ausnahmsweise für Heiterkeit im Lockdown sorgt das soeben fixierte Kabarettprogramm für den Sommer 2022 in Wiesen. Gute Laune versprüht allein schon die Liste der auftretenden Comedians wie Kaya Yanar, Lisa Eckhart, Gery Seidl und Gernot Kulis. Purer Spaß ist garantiert.

Auf Toni Polsters Spuren
Als erste Österreicherin in der Geschichte erzielte Stefanie Enzinger einen Hattrick im Frauen-Nationalteam des ÖFB. Zuvor musste die 31-jährige Mittersillerin aber einen Schock verkraften.

„Logistikcenter ist ein Angriff auf Regionalität!“
Schon 2025, also drei Jahre vor der Eröffnung des Semmeringbasis- und Koralmtunnels, soll das Logistikcenter Austria Süd in Fürnitz als unverzichtbarer Warenumschlagplatz an der Baltisch-Adriatischen Achse in Betrieb gehen. Die Stadt Villach verkaufte dafür ein 6,3 Hektar großes Grundstück an einen deutschen Konzernriesen. Das stößt bei Umweltschützern auf Widerstand.

Impf-Offensive: Angebote in 100 Tiroler Gemeinden
Das Land Tirol will die Impfquote mit dezentralen Angeboten weiter in die Höhe treiben. Ab morgen, Freitag, bis 19. Dezember wird es Impfaktionen in rund 100 Gemeinden geben.

60-Jährige ging Internetbetrüger auf den Leim
Eine gutgläubige Frau aus Hohenems überwies dem offenbar ganz charmanten Mann, den sich im Internet kennengelernt hatte, einen fünfstelligen Betrag ins Ausland. Das Geld dürfte die 60-Jährige wohl nicht wiedersehen.