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Prague Daily Monitor

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.

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.

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