Monday, 17 June 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Staněk explains why he fired Fajt

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

Czech Television reports that Culture Minister Antonín Staněk (ČSSD) responded to a critical letter from the heads of several prominent international galleries and explained why he removed Jiří Fajt, as the Director of National Gallery, in Prague.

City applies for permission to reconstruct Průmyslový palác

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

Pavel Vyhanek, one of Prague’s Deputy Mayors, told Czech Television on Tuesday that the City of Prague, had finally applied for permission to begin the reconstruction of the famed Prumyslovy Palac.

Zeman appoints new generals

Prague Daily Monitor |
9 May 2019

President Milos Zeman appointed a number of new officers to the rank of general, on the occasion of Victory Day, on Wednesday, May 8th. According to Hrad.cz, among those promoted included Emil Bocek, one of the last surviving Czech veterans of World War II.

New car sales fall

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 May 2019

Novinky.cz reports that new car sales in the Czech Republic, in the first quarter of the year (January to April), fell by 10.4%, to 82,537 vehicles, according to figures from the Car Importers Association (SDA).

Thousands protest Benešová and Babiš at Old Town Square

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 May 2019

Thousands of people thronged to the Old Town Square in Prague on Monday to protest the recent appointment of Marie Benešová as Justice Minister. Organised by the Million Moments for Democracy collective, the protest followed up on demonstrations from the previous week against Benešova's appointment, in favour of an independent judiciary.

Válková to be new Human Rights Commissioner

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 May 2019

Helena Válková, who is currently an MP for the ruling ANO party, will be the new Human Rights Commissioner. This was announced by the cabinet on Monday. Válková, who is a lawyer and Professor of Law, served as the Justice Minister in the previous government, led by Bohuslav Sobotka.

Prague commemorates anniversary of 1945 uprising

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

Prague commemorated the 74th anniversary of the 1945 Prague Uprising on Sunday, May 5th, by remembering the efforts of city's residents against the Nazi occupation. The uprising lasted 4 days, till the Red Army arrived on May 9th, 1945.

Dazza and Salpeter win Prague Marathon

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

Moroccan-Bahraini athlete El Mahjoub Dazza won the men's race in the 25th Volkswagen Prague Marathon, held on Sunday. Israeli athlete Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, set a new race record of 2:19:46, to comfortably win the women's race, finishing almost three minutes ahead of second placed Shitaye Eshete of Ethiopia.

PM Babiš does U-turn on bank tax

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) told television host Vaclav Moravec on Sunday that a proposed bank tax, presented by his coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is nonsense. Instead, Babiš would prefer to see a special fund created, where banks could deposit 10 to 20% of their dividend payouts and the money could be collectively used to boost investment in the country. Last week, Babiš had said it was possible a bank tax could be proposed. ODS Chairman Petr Fiala who was on the show with Babiš, suggested that Babis was just posturing, with empty words.

Zeman in favour of digital tax

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

President Milos Zeman told Blesk Zpravy over the weekend that he was in favour of a proposed 7% digital tax on large internet companies, like Facebook and Google. Zeman quoted the example of Austria, where a similar tax is already in place and suggested it had been successful.

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