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Prague Daily Monitor

Zahradil wants a more flexible EU Commission

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

MEP Jan Zahradil (ODS) told Czech Television on Sunday, that he wanted to see a more flexible, looser and reversible European Union, not one that was telling nation states what to do.

ANO and Pirates lose some support in April opinion polls

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

The latest political opinion polls for the month of April, created by Kantar CZ for Czech Television, suggest that ANO and the Pirates, the two largest parties in the country, have lost some support.

Jan Munk, leader of Jewish community dies

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

Czech Television reported that Jan Munk, the Chairman of the Prague Jewish Community, passed away on Sunday, after a long illness. He was 72 years old. Previously, Munk served as the Director of the Terezín Memorial and was instrumental in reshaping the content of the memorial's permanent exhibitions and displays. Munk was a larger-than-life figure, in the Jewish community in Prague and played a key role in keeping the community together.

Czechia to demand new EU Commissioner roles

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech Television in an interview that his government would ask for a new role for its nominee, in the incoming European Commission. The new commission will take shape after the EU Parliamentary elections, later this month.

Babiš attends informal EU summit in Romania

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) attended an informal gathering of EU leaders in Sibiu, in Romania, on Thursday, May 9th. The leaders discussed the EU's strategic agenda in the coming five-year period (2019 to 2024).

ČSSD asks Culture Minister Staněk to fix the problem

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Czech Television reports that the leadership of the Social Democrats has asked Culture Minister Antonín Staněk to address the chaos at the National Gallery in Prague and at the Museum of Arts in Olomouc. Staněk had earlier fired Jiri Fajt the Director of National Gallery, leading to a huge international outcry.

Customs department finds fake shoes at luxury store in Prague

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Czech Television reports that customs officers found a number of high-end counterfeit limited-edition Nike shoes, at a luxury-goods store, located on Na Prikope street, in Prague 1. The shoes were being sold for thousands of crowns and the total value of the counterfeited haul, was in excess of CZK 800,000.

EU election results to depend on turnout

Prague Daily Monitor |
10 May 2019

Market research firm Median suggests, in its pre-election opinion polls, that the results for the European Union Parliamentary elections, to be held at the end of May 2019, will depend on voter turnout. If the voter turnout is 30%, the ruling party ANO, will win the elections in the country, with 25% of the vote.

Insurers to stop paying for spectacles

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

Aktualne.cz reports that public health insurers will end their co-payments for spectacles, for those who have problems with their vision. The changes will come into place from August 2019, and insurance companies will only cover the cost of glasses, for children up to the age of 14, and in e cases, continue to co-pay the cost of high-powered lenses, after that.

Invalidovna opens its doors

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

The colossal Invalidovna complex in the heart of the city's Karlín district will be open to the public for the next few months. According to Czech Television, by the National Heritage Institute lent out part of the complex to the 'Initiative for Inavlidovna' citizens group and it officially opened its doors on Tuesday. On the agenda, in the coming months, will be live music, theatre and dance performances, lectures and public discussions. The complex, which was built in the 18th century as accommodation for military veterans, has been in disuse since the Prague Floods of 2002.

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