5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Renáta Kellnerová, widow of the late Petr Kellner owner of the financial group PPF, now tops the ladder as the richest Czech, in a survey compiled by the weekly Euro. Her assets are estimated at 250 billion crowns.

  • The Czech cabinet approved the 2022 budget bill with a CZK 376.6 billion deficit on Monday. The junior ruling Social Democrat party did not vote for the bill, saying the proposed wage increase for civil servants was too low, Finance Minister Alena Schillerova (for ANO) has tweeted.

  • The gas transmission system operators of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Germany plan to build a hydrogen corridor from Ukraine across Central Europe. The companies did not disclose the likely price of the energy project.

WORLD

  • French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Monday that if she is elected president in the 2022 election, she will call a referendum proposing drastic limits on immigration. The referendum would propose strict criteria for entering French territory and for acquiring French nationality, as well as giving French citizens priority access to social housing, jobs and social security benefits.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Iran had crossed “all red lines” in its nuclear program and vowed that Israel would not allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

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