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Bookmakers named the favourite candidates for the presidency of the Czech Republic, who will participate in elections in 2023. The leader is the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (odds at 2.45: 1), followed by the former president Václav Klaus Sr. (odds at 5.5: 1) and General Petr Pavel (odds at  7: 1) according to Novinky.cz. The spokesman for the Fortuna betting company, Petr Šrain, told ČTK that the volume of bets already reached three million CZK with as many as 40% placed on Babiš’s victory. Interestingly, the company registered a 10,000 CZK-worth bet on the victory of a former Minister of Health, Roman Prymula. Fortuna currently has 58 candidates for bets. “In any case, the spectrum of favorites will continue toRead more.

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According to a recent survey by STEM/MARK, Vaclav Havel is still the most favoured “Post November” (Post Velvet Revolution) Czech president by Czech people.  Havel, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, scored highest  with almost every age group, including the over 60 years old demographic who was thought to be totally dedicated to current president Miloš Zeman.  Jan Burianec of STEM/MARK said Zeman’s loss of popularity is likely due to his total absence from the media, rarely making any sort of statements or appearances and slipping away from the news cycles. “We believe this is probably because of the President’s lack of media presence during the first wave of the coronavirus crisis whenRead more.

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Following the abolition of the super-gross wage, political parties ANO and SPD have formed a coalition to replace it with a 15 % income tax to everyone earning under 137,000 Kč a month, and 23% to those earning more than that.  Opposing parties argue that the income tax won’t be big enough to keep the government within its annual budget, especially since it’s not being offset by any new taxes or revenue sources. Miroslav Kalousek, former minister of finance and leader of the TOP 09 party, said that “If Andrej Babiš’s amendment is approved, our budget is going to be a complete write-off.” President Miloš Zeman had his own reservations about the amendment, placing a 2-year limit on it beforeRead more.