In his annual Christmas address to the nation, President Milǒs Zeman suggested that positive news had outweighed the bad in 2016 when it came to domestic economic growth. He cited the increase of the average monthly wage, improvement in old age pensions, low unemployment, improved tax collection and a balanced budget or surplus.

The Czech president has linked recent attacks in Europe to the ongoing influx of migrants escaping war-torn, poverty-stricken countries. “Today almost no one doubts the connection between the migration wave and terrorist attacks,” he said.

Zeman also mentioned the election of Donald Trump in the US, saying he hoped it would lead to closer ties between the Czech Republic and the United States.